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5 Reasons I’m Getting a Nintendo Switch Day One

/ Jan 19th, 2017 No Comments

Nintendo Switch

After a long wait and a herd of rumors, Nintendo finally pulled the veil off its newest console during the Nintendo Switch presentation. There have been a lot of differing opinions about the Switch since Nintendo’s announcement of the console. Nintendo diehards are excited, while others have been critical of the launch lineup and potential lack of third-party support.

Related: How Nintendo Fumbled the Nintendo Switch Presentation

I am excited about Nintendo’s latest system and the new worlds it will introduce. If you think my excitement is premature, here’s five reasons you should also be excited for the Switch:

5. The Price is Right

It seems some of the general sentiment has been that Nintendo gave the Switch a price that is just too high for its audience. But, for $300, you’ll get a console that can be used in home and portably, along with two Joy-Con controllers.

For $79.99, I pre-ordered another set of Joy-Con controllers.

Nintendo Switch

Now we touch Joy-Cons.

It may seem like a lot of money, but $300 for a home console that can easily be taken on the go is not a bad deal at all. As for the Joy-Cons, the price is a bit jarring at first, but most modern controllers cost $60 or more.

4. Day One Games

There is no doubt that the launch lineup for the Nintendo Switch is bare, but in this case, quality wins over quantity.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild alone is almost enough to sell the Switch. Sure, it’ll be available for the Wii U as well, but with the Switch, you’ll be able to play Breath of the Wild wherever you go.

Super Bomberman R

Multiplayer is king.

Two other major titles immediately drew my attention due to their multiplayer components: Super Bomberman R and 1-2 Switch.

In Super Bomberman R, players can take on their friends in local multiplayer games and a co-op campaign. With support for up to eight players, the title is sure to create some chaotic multiplayer action. This could be the big multiplayer game for the Switch’s launch.

Then, there is 1-2 Switch, an odd title that shows off the console’s capabilities. It mostly appears to be a test of reflexes, but it is an interesting Nintendo launch game that looks so bizarre that it is fun.

3. More Games to Come

OK, while this isn’t necessarily a reason to buy the Switch on day one, there are some exciting titles coming down the road. Those games include Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey, all of which are scheduled to launch this year.


If you’re not stoked about Arms, I will drop you.

So what does that have to do with purchasing the system on launch day? Well, I see it as a vote of confidence for Nintendo. I’m letting Nintendo know that I’m satisfied with the general direction the company is taking with the Switch and I’m interested enough in the game’s launch titles.

2. Gaming on the Go

More than anything, the Nintendo Switch appears to be a gaming tablet. I’m all for it.

Sony and Microsoft win out against Nintendo in a race of hardware power, but the Switch’s ability to take on the go is a game changer.

Nintendo Switch

Howdy stranger! Let’s get comfortable.

Being able to comfortably play high-quality games on a plane, at a friend’s house, at the beach and anywhere I please is a major draw for the Nintendo Switch. While I’m satisfied with Nintendo’s other portable consoles, none of them exhibit the power and complexity involved with the Switch.

1. I Love Nintendo

Simply put, I love Nintendo. I’ve grown up with this company, and I have developed a relationship with it.

Before PC gaming became huge and before the console war between Microsoft and Sony erupted, there was Nintendo.


Was it ever really a choice?

Based on what I’ve seen from Nintendo, I’ll be more than happy to give the company my money in exchange for a new console.


Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Greg is a Nintendo fanboy who would cry if they ever went third party. He writes news, previews and reviews at Gaming Illustrated.
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