According to the Forbes there are 4 great reason to buy Nintendo Switch. Here they are:
There’s a debate raging as to whether you should buy Nintendo’s new Switch video game console, or whether you should wait until there’s more content and more of the bugs are hammered out.
My colleague Dave Thier makes this case, and his argument is compelling enough. This is a video game system without a lot of the basics. There are few games, no video streaming apps, and people are experiencing various technical issues that range from disconnecting Joy-Con controllers to loud fan noises. (Read more about what consumers are experiencing with the Switch here.)
But there’s still some very good reasons to get on the Switch train.
1. The gimmick is really great
The Wii’s gimmick was motion-control gaming, something that helped sell the system but never should have been the central gimmick of a video game console. (It works much better as one aspect of a system. For instance, in the new Zelda aiming with motion controls works great but is only one small part of the game.)
The Wii U’s central gimmick was second-screen gaming, something that was great at times but often more distracting than anything, and vastly limited third-party involvement in the system.
But the Switch has a gimmick that works, and that I hesitate to even call a gimmick now that I have the system. Being able to play the console at home on your TV is great, but being able to take it with you is truly outstanding. I’ve been travelling for the past few days, and I’ve been able to keep playing Breath of the Wild the entire time. I would love it if I could get all my review games on the Switch, even though I know the graphics won’t be as stunning as the PS4, simply because I love the flexibility of gaming on the go like this. It’s liberating.
2. The games are fantastic!
Okay, to be fair I really mean The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It’s an incredible game. As more gamers have gotten their hands on it, it’s become apparent that not everyone is as in love with this brave new Zelda as I am, but it’s still one of the best games I’ve ever played, and at least in my circles I’ve seen mostly gushing praise for the game. (My review is here.)
And sure, it’s also on the Wii U, and if you have a Wii U you can buy it there and get basically the same experience (minus the afore-mentioned portability….) Then again, a lot of people don’t have a Wii U, and if you’re trying to decide which system to get, I say get the Switch. There’s more content available right now on the Wii U, but that won’t last long. Already there’s no new content coming out on Nintendo’s last system, while quite a few games are coming out on the Switch this year.
The few other games out on the system, from Shovel Knight to 1-2 Switch all offer something unique and different, though you can get many of these on other systems too. Again, what you can’t get is portability. I’m much more likely to play Shovel Knight now that I can play it on a handheld than I was before.
3. Supporting the system’s future.
I don’t often argue this, because I don’t want to encourage corporate lackeys and garish fandom—fanboys and fangirls are the worst!—but I do think that if you believe in a piece of hardware or a video game, you should help support that. Vote with your wallet both by withholding dollars from companies you don’t support and by giving your money to support products or projects you do support.
Personally, I’m hoping that the Switch is a huge success. I hope that Nintendo works out all the bugs with the system, of course, but it’s very rare for a brand new piece of hardware to have all the kinks ironed out on day one. Sometimes you buy a system simply because you want it to succeed, and the more people who buy it the better its chances of success become. This includes third party support. With more Switch’s sold, third party developers and publishers are more likely to make games for the Switch, which in turn creates a virtuous cycle. So if you want that kind of thing to happen for the Switch, putting your money where your mouth is isn’t a bad idea.
4. It’s fun (and frustrating) to be an early adopter.
Early adopters of any new technology should always be aware of its bugs and limitations. These can range from frustrating to…well, the Galaxy Note 7, which you can’t even fly with anymore because it catches on fire.
But at least with the Nintendo Switch, we know that the problems it’s having don’t include random conflagration. Instead, being an early adopter means being the first people out in the wild with this cool new tech in hand. It means you’ll have people asking you on the plane what that thing is, and seeing them curious and surprised when you tell them.
It’s fun to be an early adopter, especially with something like the Switch. It may not be smart in purely practical terms, but there’s no denying it’s cool to be in on the ground floor to some degree.
So that’s my argument for the Nintendo Switch right now. Hopefully the reasons to buy one only get more plentiful in the coming weeks and months. I don’t disagree with Dave and others who argue against making a purchase. To some degree, it’s always a little crazy to buy a new console. It’s a risk. It’s just one that, for many of us, is worth taking.
Of course, this entire argument relies on you actually being able to find a Switch right now, which isn’t all that easy. Here’s one way to get your hands on one by Easter.