Poll: What is the Switch to you?

Discussion in 'Switch - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by Veho, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. Handheld console with some home console features

    147 vote(s)
  2. Home console with (limited) portability

    71 vote(s)
  3. Banana

    89 vote(s)
  1. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

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    Apr 4, 2006
    You've seen the reveal (if the trailer can be called a full reveal and not a sneak peek), you've read the various additional pieces of info that related sources saw fit to let slip to tickle our imagination, and you've had time to give it some thought and form an impression, an image in our mind of Nintendo's upcoming hardware offering - and how to use it.

    What I would like to know is, how do you view the Switch?

    It seemed pretty straightforward. To me, the Switch is a portable console that happens to be able to plug into the TV, but the TV out is far from its main feature. It is basically a tablet, portable, meant to be carried around, and while the TV out is a nice touch that we have all wished our Gameboys and DS-es could do, it is secondary to the main point. The specs may be more impressive than their usual handheld fare, but still on par with current tablets and mobile phones (also portable platforms). To me, it is a (beefed up) addition to their portable console line.

    Reading other people's reactions, however, I've found that a lot of people see it as a predominantly home console, with the portability of lesser import or none at all. Articles about the console talk about switching "back" to cartridges, and the rumored Pokemon Stars game as the "first full Pokemon game on a home console", showing that people are seeing it as a home console and a successor to their home machines (and complain about the lack of home console features).

    So tell me. What is the predominant feature of the Switch for you? How do you view it? How will you treat it? Will you carry it around and only stick it into the dock to charge it, or will the only time it's ever out of the dock be when your housemates find large enough crowbar to pry you away from the TV?

    The reason I ask, and the reason this is important is this. The way the public perceives and views a platform affects its market position and target audience; it determines the kind of games that are developed for it, the reception of certain types of titles, and ultimately the success of a console. Whether the Switch succeeds or fails hinges on whether Nintendo's intents coincide with the audience's perception of the device. Nintendo (hopefully) has a vision for it, but as the Wii U has shown, they have grown sadly incapable of sharing their vision with the audience, leaving everyone confused as to what the hell this device is and what it is supposed to do. If people see it as a home console, but Nintendo is pushing the portability angle, or if people see it as a handheld but Nintendo never intended it to make it further than the front door, it will probably fail. If the visions coincide, it should be a success.

    I would like to hear your thoughts.

    (Because then I could skin you at poker.)
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  2. Pluupy

    Pluupy _(:3」∠)_

    Sep 13, 2009
    United States
    A high-quality portable gameboy. After middle school, I never liked home consoles. I didn't like being anchored to a room to play my games--especially for single player RPGs, which have you sit there for hours. I'd rather move around and change position. I also like the idea of not needing to purchase a TV and hook it up just to use it. Overall, I feel the Switch is a very flexible device.

    To me, it's my own personal Nintendo tablet to play home console-quality games. I'd carry it around like I do my netbook, in a sleeve of a sort. I don't care for 1080p+ so it will basically sit at my bedside table as a tablet.
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  3. DrkBeam

    DrkBeam GBAtemp Fan

    Jun 12, 2016
    Nintendo is marketing the console as a home console, but it has battery , it probably has a touch screen, the architecture is arm, so it looks like a portable, smells like a portable, it has to be a portable with a fancy hmdi out
  4. Saiyan Lusitano

    Saiyan Lusitano GBAtemp Guru

    Oct 29, 2015
    Bananas. It's hopefully everything and more that the WiiU was supposed to be but failed but since it's Nintendo I'm not too hopeful that they're going to change their ways.
  5. xtheman

    xtheman GBAtemp Guru

    Jan 28, 2016
    United States
    Banana. A giant hoard of bananas that are going to steal your money.
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  6. SSG Vegeta

    SSG Vegeta GBAtemp Fan

    Jul 25, 2013
    United States
    I will literally take my Nintendo Switch to any Mc Donalds,Burger King & any other place & use the wifi if I'm unable to use wifi at home.I will use the docking station for use at home & enjoy this awesome fusion of home & handheld.I hope Nintendo releases decals for the switch. I already started saving for Nintendo Switch I'm currently at $75 & that's including trade credit.
    Last edited by SSG Vegeta, Nov 22, 2016
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  7. ForeverEternal

    ForeverEternal GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 15, 2016
    United States

    I'd dig that.

    Last edited by ForeverEternal, Nov 21, 2016
  8. Tom Bombadildo

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    I forgot
    Banana of course.

    But I would call it a home consoles with limited portability. It's not going to be something you can take with you for a 5 hour car ride or something to keep you preoccupied on a plane or whatever like you can a 5DS XXXL, it's not going to be a thing you can really take with you "everywhere" without having to be tethered to a nearby outlet. The main reason I think that is because of A), the almost guaranteed trash battery life as a portable (I'm guessing 2-3 hours max assuming they want to keep marginally ok performance) and B) The type of games going to be released.

    Assuming everyone is going to see this as a Wii U/home console successor (as you mention), I doubt many devs are going to create the "pick up and play" type of games that portable consoles boast. Zelda isn't going to be a "20 minute train ride distraction" type game, Mario Kart is boring without multiplayer, Splatoon (assuming it's actually a confirmed game) pretty much can't be played without Wifi...The only "probable" game releases confirmed for the Switch that would make a good portable experience is maybe that Pokemon game, maybe the Sonic game and that's basically it (unless someone wants to try Just Dance 2017 on a packed train or something :P)
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  9. DeoNaught

    DeoNaught ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Aug 22, 2016
    United States
    Constant Fear
    I like for it does not Keep me at one place, like home consoles.
    I love the idea of being able to play at home, and continue else where,
    which is what I would be doing all the time.

    also the reason I love the concept is that, they wont make Two versions of the game, Just one, so no crappy Minigame version.
    but what might suck is the battery life,
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  10. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Thus far I have only read the patents and seen a parody remix/edit of what I imagine is the original trailer.

    Nintendo's next failure, and a means for me to continue to play wind up for those which have thus far failed to see the downward slide.

    That said I reckon this failure is going to be less of a complete screw up to provide a platform, though I am not expecting a complete reversal there, and perhaps more of a too little, too late kind of thing.

    I may well play with any shiny that results (if something is good I will take it from almost anywhere) but any intellectual or emotional investment has long since been obliterated, notions that they are ones providing something rare and hard to come by having ceased to be further back still.
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  11. Pecrow

    Pecrow GBAtemp Maniac

    Jun 23, 2015
    United States
    Oh the switch, :switch:, :grog::toot:, long live the :switch:!!

    My Opinions:

    Look at the Wii U games, (1st party), they look amazing, they are fun to play, and local multiplayer focused. Look at the Wii U, HW wise it sucks, but the games Nintendo has made on them are just beautiful. Imagine what they will do with the Switch.

    I have very high hopes for the Nintendo Switch. HW wise it's an amazing Idea to make a Hybrid console and having both Nintendo do their games the way they do them, and with nvidea behind providing the HW, and tools, it's going to be right there in the sweet spot. Just thinking of carrying with me the full game of Breath Of the Wild on a 6.x" screen, OMG. (Mario Sunshine HD, Mario Galaxy 3, Skyrim, etc!!) Yes, unconfirmed, but we all know its confirmed.

    I already started saving up for the console, already at $600, and still saving more for March. (I have to buy 2 consoles, and 2x of each game), but I'm still going all in on this console)

    For me portable consoles are great, others will say that they are dead, but having n3ds I can take it with me and play games anywhere and everywhere. Now having a portable console, nice screen, nvidea HW, and Nintendo's IPs its going to be just perfect!. I feel that the Nintendo Switch will be another Wii for Nintendo and it will sell like hot cakes.

    For those who say that I'm simply just a Nintendo Fanatic, I've been a Play station fan since PS2, I've had a PS3, and now I have a PS4. I also had bought a Xbox One (It was actually a trade for a Note) and I sold that less then 6 months later, having it as a paperweight for over half that time. Sony's recent actions will screw them over, releasing a half baked console half way through was the dubest thing they could of had done. I've stopped buying games for my PS4 about over 5 months ago, and I am going to sell the console as well.

    Companies are starting to forget why console gamers are console gamers! Convenience, plug-and-play, and not having to worry about HW upgrade every 2-3 years... oh look, my PS4 is 2+ years old, and oh... a new PS4... no. Oh I haven't played this game in some time... oh look, a 9gb update for no fucking reason. Let me insert this new game I got, oh look, 30 minute wait for the game to take up 40gb of space on my HDD, finally, its done, oh look... another 2 hours of waiting for this huge update to download and install... by the time that is over I no longer want to play it....

    Companies have gone into a habit of selling uncompleted games relying of DLC and Updates to Fix their initial problems and get extra money for content that should of had been in the game to start with. This is NOT console gaming, at least it's not what it was and what it should be. I do not see Nintendo following these patterns and I am going to go all in into a New console, trying New things and not afraid of doing it, bringing the best games, amazing IPs, with amazing story and graphics.

    If you ask me, what is the Nintendo Switch to you, I will reply, "The fucking best, another Wii hit (Sells wise), and its here to stay!" and Thank you Nintendo for doing what you do.
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  12. SSG Vegeta

    SSG Vegeta GBAtemp Fan

    Jul 25, 2013
    United States

    I agree with you about gaming companies they truly are forgetting what makes gaming fun. It's gotten to the point where we have to take back our freedom with hard mods & downgrades just to take back our rights to what we paid for long live the switch
    Last edited by SSG Vegeta, Nov 22, 2016
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  13. RevPokemon

    RevPokemon GBATemp's 3rd Favorite Transgirl

    Aug 24, 2014
    United States
    Fort Gay, West Virginia
    The switch is sometimes as a top and other times as a bottom or sometimes as a dominant and other times as a submissive.

    Any way to be honest it sort of seems like the WiiU done over again only improved in most areas except for the specs. Either way I look forward to it.
  14. Pecrow

    Pecrow GBAtemp Maniac

    Jun 23, 2015
    United States
    I agree, gaming companies, UBISOFT, have been showing off great games, then downgrade and shit games over on release. And its not only me noticing this, if you are a 9gag fan you will see dozens of different posts on the hot page of people asking other people to stop pre-ordering games. Gaming companies will have to change, I know gamers have started to (At least some).

    I am really hyped for the Switch, incredibly hyped. New architecture (pascal was it?), 4GB of Ram will be just fine, custom tegra chip, on a handheld. Battery will probably be around 3-4 hours, but you will be able to charge on the go. (Look at the Switch release video, when the guy sits down on the airport floor, you can see the cable plugged in under the switch). People complaining about battery, if I can carry my charger, I'll be just fine :). :switch: <=== Awesome icon btw.
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  15. zoogie

    zoogie playing around in the dsiware

    Nov 30, 2014
    United States
    Switch, to me, is the Jack of all Trades, master of one. Home console it is.
    That's an improvement over what you think about the 3ds at least. :P
  16. Meteor7

    Meteor7 Guess where this thumb goes.

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    Jun 9, 2014
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    It almost certainly does not, at least for use in games, as neither of the controllers used when it's in console mode integrate touch. If it did have touch, it could only be usable in portable mode.
  17. Pecrow

    Pecrow GBAtemp Maniac

    Jun 23, 2015
    United States
    Yes it will, Didn't Nintendo say that Miitomo will work on their next console(NX) back then. The Switch will have touch, and yes, it will only work on portable mode. but... if you look at the NX Release video by nintendo, when they are at the roof of that building going to play mario, when one of the women hands out the joycons, under one of those you can see what appears to be a IR Camera-type black thing, like that of a Wii remote, possibly allowing similar feature (touch) under Home Console mode.
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  18. RustInPeace

    RustInPeace Samurai Cop

    Oct 13, 2014
    United States
    Well they said it will be a home console basically, but I guess they want to make a home console that can go anywhere, which is a special concept. I mean, the fact you can do multiplayer from one portable device, it's clearly a portable port of some home concepts, rather than the other way around. Also since they're discontinuing the Wii U, it's clear that's their successor. As for the Pokemon game mentioned, sigh. Part of me wishes this is just Eurogamer trying to get clicks or whatever. I was concerned when it first got out, I thought they were aiming for launch, which would be terrible because the current games would only be 4 months in since release, and to have a followup already? And if that happens, it has to be more Nintendo trying to milk Pokemon, this year alone proved that it's more of a moneymaking machine than they probably care to admit, I bet it outsells Mario at this point. If it comes at the end of 2017, fine, enough time for me to get the console.

    I'm hoping when you fire up the Switch, the Will Smith song of the same name plays behind the title screen. That'd be awesome.
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  19. Issac

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    For me it's a home console with some portability. I rarely take my consoles with me when I leave home, so I kind of see the 3DS as a home console as well ;) haha!
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  20. Orangy57

    Orangy57 bruh

    Aug 17, 2015
    United States
    My only gripe is the screen in portable mode, as it looks way more sensitive than the gamepad, and I'd break the glass or lcd when inside a bag in like a week.
    It's like a phone that you can't really store in your pocket for safety.