Nintendo has done a lot of things in their history, but what makes them very interesting is that at times, they can record highs, then record lows. Arguably, this couldn’t be said more than with the launches of the Wii, and then the Wii U. While one was an underdog who became top dog, the other was a flop from basically the reveal. But now, Nintendo seems to be bouncing back with the Nintendo Switch. Looking at the presentation, and what it can do, you have to wonder if this is a perfect fusion of the two previous consoles.
Why do I say that? Well, let’s break it down by console. First, the Wii. The Wii’s claim to fame was the Wii Motion Controller, and the games that focused just as much on the casual gamer audience as much as the hardcore ones. It was meant to be a console that could be played by anyone with no bias. With the Nintendo Switch, that focus is at the forefront.
For a big part of the Switch is that you can divide up the Joy Con controllers so that you can play with a friend. Thus giving you a multiplayer experience without needing an extra controller. Also though, the Joy Cons are also motion controllers, as visible in games like Arms, where you move around by tilting them, and then thrusting them forward to do a punch. Not only that, but they’re a lot more refined than the Wii Motion controls, as the game 1, 2, Switch revealed with its odd, yet precise, way of playing minigames with the controls.
Now, as for the Wii U, the obvious comparison is to the Wii U Gamepad. First off, you can play off the TV, something we could only dream about before. I personally played a lot of my Wii U games on the Gamepad just because it was a lot more comfortable. And now, with the Nintendo Switch, I can go all over with the Switch controller than I ever could with the Wii U Gamepad. But just as they learned with the Wii’s controllers and evolved it, they did the same here. Now, you can charge it much more easily, it’s a lot less cumbersome in your hands than the bulky Gamepad was, and most important, you can use it as a mini-tv and play it with the Joy Cons will you use a stand to put it anywhere you want!
Now yes, the Wii and Wii u and very different successes and failures. But even Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto said that the Wii U was a big part in getting the Nintendo Switch made, and it’s fair to say the Wii was as well. So whether you get it at launch on March 3rd, or you get it later, I hope you’ll respect the history and influence that these two consoles had on something that’s totally going to be a revolution in gaming.