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yo wrote:I don't think it has the magic of the OG Wii. Seems like gaming has slipped back to controllers until full VR becomes practical. What do you guys think?
Cameron wrote:Naysayers have been saying for a while that Nintendo should go software only. In reality, the competition has less reason than ever to make walled garden consoles. Sony and Microsoft console differentiation is becoming increasingly nothing more than exclusive software contracts, exclusive DLC, and deceptive timed advertising delays for one or the other system when a game does end up launching on both. They are both turning into PCs. AAA titles are fewer and far between, and many heritage franchises like Gears and Halo have grown stale.
junglebrodda wrote:is there a reason to own it alongside one of the other consoles, if you aren't especially a mario/zelda fan?
Greenman wrote:junglebrodda wrote:is there a reason to own it alongside one of the other consoles, if you aren't especially a mario/zelda fan?
Based on everything Nintendo has released after N64 my answer is no, not really. I've always viewed Nintendo as the Disney of video games, they've done an amazing job of developing their own IP in the form of characters and worlds, and have found ways to cross breed all if it into some fun, but casual gaming titles. I think the Switch is a great option for family, or kid gaming, but the lack of horsepower, MA rated titles, and hardcore competitive multiplayer gaming leaves little more than a system for dedicated Nintendo fanboyism, not that there's anything wrong with that.
Alternative consoles are becoming more like PC's, but I think that's mostly because the console makers are trying to compete against a platform that can be continuously upgraded for fractions of the cost of buying a new console. Console upgrades are mostly limited to external hard drives or screen upgrades to 4K/HDR. To combat PC's the console makers give you two options, buy the next gen console, or buy an incrementally improved current gen console version (Xbox One to Xbox One S). Nintendo's Switch is a modular system in the sense that you can convert it to different gaming settings, however I think MS and Sony need to take a fresh approach as well, and consider making their consoles modular from an upgrade standpoint.
The modular Google phone doesn't appeal to me, but a modular gaming console that enables the user to upgrade easier than a PC, I'd buy that.