Sometimes the resistance of your Dr. Nintendo’s nerves can be severely tested by a simple and insignificant encounter on the street or by a patient who shoots them so big that you have to wonder (and ask him) if he is a joke.

This is exactly what happened in the studio today. Bold and proud, a little man with glasses came into my study with his Nintendo Switch brand new and shiny. With total nonchalance and perhaps even a pinch of malice, he sits in silence ready to unload his load of problems and doubts about the console on me that in the meantime I begin to analyze his behavior, since it seems a bit strange to me but also familiar.

The little man shows me the console and starts a monologue on the flaws of the platform which seems to come out of a Masterchef episode. Some criticisms are also right, but the videogame populism that my patient cloaks himself with betrays him after a few minutes.

Alas I am faced with the usual Salvini’s indifference to video games of a player who perhaps the last thing he tried of Nintendo was the NES and who bought Switch for fashion or pure and simple curiosity and who perhaps in recent years has made the denigration of Nintendo his Olympic specialty.

But I don’t lose heart, I don’t let my murderous instincts show through, and I let the little man talk freely, taking notes. The following are the most absurd statements to which I have had to answer. I state that in the first place I consider Nintendo Switch a console with some defects, but this does not mean that I can let go of certain statements.

The battery lasts too short

This it would seem a sensible criticism, but if you think about it, you couldn’t ask for more from Nintendo with these assumptions. In a world ruled by power banks and the perennial spasmodic search for an electrical outlet, having a console with an autonomy of three hours is not such a bad thing.

After all how much autonomy smartphones have today, telephone devices with a never hidden propensity to be a gaming platform, if used for gaming? How long can you play Clash of Clans, for one thing, before the device becomes an energy-hungry vampire?

I am a Pokémon GO player and from personal experience I have spent whole days fighting the problem of recharging by any means possible (I only miss solar chargers), so I can safely say that 3 hours is not that short for what Switch offers. .

Those who complain about this do not reckon with how much the console can offer why 3 hours on the move of Zelda Breath of the Wild are by no means few. Moreover, autonomy it can only increase if you play “lighter” titles and more suitable for a hit and run game. Moreover, during a trip or a commuter journey it is not the case to look at and use a screen perpetually; other things can be done, right?

The Switch screen is too small

A criticism bordering on the absurd in my view since 7 inches is already not a very portable screen size, to which must be added the two Joy-con side and the size of the case (essential object to carry the console without worries). A full-screen console then would have entailed very high breakage risks.

All of this makes the Switch not exactly pocket-sized, let alone with a 10-inch tablet screen! You ran the risk of seeing scenes similar to those of the late 80s when the boys carried huge radios on their shoulders to listen to your favorite music around the city.

Maybe some details are lost on such a small screen and with the resolution downscaling, but you can’t have your cake and eat it and have to accept some compromises. Nintendo Switch, it is not a definitive console nor a perfect console and besides, none are completely, but certain statements are at least spurious.

The lineup is poor

This is one of the few points on which I can partially agree given the amount of titles arrived at the launch of the console. But this criticism I can accept from those who still have Nintendo Wii U as much of how playable now on the Nintendo Switch is a reshuffle of what has been seen, and had to be seen in the case of Breath of the Wild, on the ill-fated Nintendo paddone.

But even the most avid and loyal player devoted to the work of the Japanese company has to deal with the reality of the facts: for some years now Nintendo’s policy requires only one major IP per month seasoned with many side games and some third-party surprises.

If you do not reckon with this rule, the daughter of the more than legitimate desire of the company promote and enhance their products, you can’t understand why Switch is so dry with titles. Having said that, all that remains is to adapt and make this rule your own; after all, many have bought Nintendo Switch as a second console, so there is not all this need for such a powerful lineup. You can play on other consoles.

What is more we all know that in recent years, third parties have left Nintendo alone like the survivors of a shipwreck abandon the sinking ship, so it will take time, and sales, before the future Super Mario, Splatoon, Smash Bros and the like will be joined again like mushrooms by the big brands outside the Kyoto house. Something has already moved (see image above), it takes time and trust.

Switch is not backward compatible with Wii U

This is the most absurd of criticisms that I have heard in these months enough to make me believe for a moment that he was making fun of me. While neglecting the difference in media (disc vs cartridge), it is unacceptable to hear from someone who has only tried, but never appreciated and sometimes bitterly opposed Nintendo Wii U, who now and only now with Nintendo Switch in his hands wants to play titles no more than two or three years ago. I would consider it more legitimate to criticize the lack of backwards compatibility with Nintendo 3DS (cartridge vs cartridge), but no one has talked about this in this period. I wonder why.

This sudden re-evaluation of the recent past, for many still present, of Nintendo and its productions highlights even more, as mentioned in mine article dedicated to the funeral of Nintendo Wii U, how little is enough for the market and the judgment of the players to retract positions that until recently seemed immovable.

It is not my intention to make an invective to the public opinion and to the gamers who have always slandered and humiliated Nintendo Wii U by riding the wave of common judgment with superficiality and carelessness. However now that you seem to like Nintendo, enjoy its present and future and leave the past alone.

Maybe in a few months or years, if Kimishima and associates feel they are magnanimous with those who have trusted Nintendo Switch, it could happen that they allow rediscover the pearls of Wii U within the eShop. But don’t hope too much because those who have been following Nintendo for years are still waiting for the dedicated Game Cube Virtual Console.

After listening to my tough client for half an hour, despite my objections and my attempts to make him understand some mechanics and in general the modus operandi of Nintendo, he left my studio with a thoughtful, but apparently still convinced, gaze. its positions. Although I regret not having helped him solve all his problems and misunderstandings with Nintendo, I was pleased to confront him. This session was very useful for understanding how much disinformation and the “vox populi, vox dei” can influence and distort the image of a product. Nintendo seems to be taking its revenge on the industry and its detractors.

I end my tiring working day and this piece by shouting vehemently at my secretary: “Peach, please, bring me a sedative … or a machete.”


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