Not everyone is perfect.
Nintendo may already have a success on their hands with the Switch, considering that some of its launch titles and exclusives are some of the best games we’ve ever played (yes, we’re talking about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild).
That being said, each major console release would have its own list of pros and cons and granted we’ve shown some love about the Nintendo Switch, we also have a list of things that we didn’t like. Here are some of them:
Flimsy kickstand – One of the ways you can use the Nintendo Switch is tabletop mode, where you bring out a kickstand and detach the controllers so you have your own personal screen in front of you. The problem is that the kickstand sits closer to one side of the device, meaning it can easily be toppled. Opening the kickstand would also reveal the microSD card slot which of course is more prone to being accidentally removed.
And since the USB-C port used for charging the Nintendo Switch is located at the bottom, it means that you can’t charge the device in tabletop mode unless you get a stand, which of course will cost you extra.
Hardware problems – Days after the release of the console, many users have started reporting hardware issues on their devices. Most notably dead pixels or worse, the blue screen of death. But as Nintendo downplayed those issues as isolated incidents, the most common complaint from users is the connectivity problems plaguing the left Joy-Con.
It was reported that the left Joy-Con would randomly disconnect when it’s detached from the main console since the hardware design on that particular controller easily blocks the Bluetooth signal used to connect it to the main console. Nintendo suggested moving away from certain areas that could interfere with the signal, including fish tanks (!) and even wireless routers – but while that could be an easy fix, there might be an even bigger issue at hand with this. Nintendo can ultimately recall the controller, but not without facing the angry voices of early adopters.
The dock is well, just a dock – Back when the Nintendo Switch was being previewed, many applauded its ability to enable you to easily dock the console and continue playing on your TV. Simply named the ‘dock’, we all assumed that this accessory would also include extra hardware to be able to render better graphics when connected to a bigger screen.
Many were disappointed when they learned that the dock was simply an HDMI passthrough. It didn’t even add any power to the switch – it’s literally just a dock. And it even scratched the screens of some Switch users.
Weak launch titles – Yes, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild may possibly be one of the best games ever, but aside from that the current launch titles for the Nintendo Switch won’t exactly make you go run out and buy it right away.
Yes, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey is coming to the Switch but you would have to wait months before it gets released. While I love Zelda, it’s currently feeling lonely seeing as it’s the only game installed on my Switch. Boo.
Save games – This one may be one of the most requested features or something that Nintendo should implement on doing soon. Your save games are saved locally on the Nintendo Switch with no way to transfer them on another console.
That doesn’t seem like a problem at first but picture yourself playing 50 hours on Zelda and you suddenly lose your Switch – whether it got stolen or it simply broke and you need a new one. This means that you would need to play the game from scratch with no way of retrieving your current progress.
Same goes for your games that you have purchased digitally. Each game is tied to a specific console and will need to be deactivated (from the console) so you can use it on a new unit. But what if you lost it or it got stolen? That means spending hours on Nintendo’s customer support convincing them to release the license so you can play on another unit (unless of course you’re willing to buy another copy of the game).
Overall it doesn’t mean the Switch is a bad console. I’ve had it since launch and it’s a truly one of a kind device and I can’t wait to play more games on it.
What about you? Do you feel the same way about the Nintendo Switch? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
[Image credit: Nintendo]