Nintendo have found themselves in a strange position in the market in recent years. Back in NES and SNES days their systems were flooded with third-party titles. Some were exclusive, others not, but there was always plenty of choice. Starting with the Wii and continuing with the Wii U, though, they seemed to have branched off from their competitors, leaving the bulk of the third-party releases for Sony and Microsoft while their own systems, under-powered in comparison to the others, were left with some fantastic first-party titles, some gimmicky releases to take advantage of the unorthodox controls the machines employed, but little else.
The revolutionary motion-sensitive controls worked amazingly well for them with the Wii so I guess you can't blame them for trying another gimmick with the Wii U in the form of its separate game-pad with built-in touchscreen, but that time it didn't work, so I genuinely thought for a while that this time they might actually just make a fairly normal home system, cram it with powerful chips, and win back all those third-party developers, but that doesn't look to be the case from first impressions. As nice as the portability looks in the video, I can't help but wonder how many people will actually end up using it like that. Would you take it out with you to a party?
Of course, it would be more than foolish to write off any system this quickly, and Nintendo rarely fail their fans. Their first-party games for the Wii and Wii U show they haven't lost their touch for making really enjoyable family-friendly games and I don't doubt we can look forward to some spiffers for the Switch too. Confirmed already is a port of the latest Zelda adventure, Breath of the Wild, as well as an enhanced version of Mario Kart 8 and another Splatoon game, and I'm sure we can look forward to new titles featuring the likes of Mario and Kirby too.
There really isn't that much concrete information just yet though. Like most at this stage, I'm just speculating really. I hope the Switch gets the full support of all the big developers - it would be nice to see Nintendo back at the top, so to speak. The last thing we or Nintendo need is another system with a handful of killer first-party games and little else beyond stacks of gimmicky shovelware nonsense. I might have seemed negative so far but I'm really hoping my fears are not realised and that the Switch ends up being awesome. I might even be tempted to get one if Nintendo remember the F-Zero series exists. That could be so great...