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Released on the 3rd of March, the successor to Wii U and Nintendo’s new cover face is the Nintendo Switch. The fan base of Nintendo is keeping their expectations high in hoping that the Nintendo Switch would flourish far better than its predecessor, the popular Wii U, and by looking at the line-up of the titles to be released on the console, the community could very well get what it wants. Some questions are left to be answered like, how far the console will go? Can it become an eSports phenomenon? Can it break into the competitive eSports console scene with League of Xbox One and PlayStation4?
The question can be answered based on how you define eSports and if it can go the distance with the other consoles. When the names of Killer Instinct, Gears, and Halo come in mind, Xbox One is the name to go for. But biggest console out there, the console with the most fighting games that also carries Call of Duty eSports, is still the PlayStation 4.
Smash Bros and Splatoon are a big hit on the Wii U, and Nintendo could very well move the legacy of the titles to the Nintendo Switch as Nintendo looks all set to venture more into competitive games.
It goes without saying that with the right investment and interest, Splatoon 2 could become a well-reputed eSports title. While Smash Bros is highly likely to go competitive by the end of the year, the target community is there for Nintendo. The company just needs to find the right investors and the resources to make it big in the business.
When removed from the dock, the console features a very charming touch enabled 6.2 inch, 1280×720 pixel display screen. When the connection is established to the television, the resolutions is up-scaled to 1080p. Nintendo has done a great job by providing such extraordinary features on such a small system.
It would be a promising sight to see Nintendo adding some additional devices to the Nintendo Switch. With the exclusion of the dock, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Nintendo investing in new docks in the years to come that may well make the console fall in the 4k category. In the coming months, there will be an updated and long-lasting battery series of the Switch, which is more durable and has a better screen.
The lack of social media apps, an internet browser, or anything that makes the console able to compete as a media platform is one of the problems. The root of the problem is that no one knows how the hardware of the Ninentdo Switch actually works or what it actually is.
Nintendo has revealed no official information regarding what makes the Switch tick or what is making it run, it can only be inferred that the Switch has a NVidia power chipset inside it.
To summarize, it looks like Nintendo is trying to do too many things at once with the Switch. It works perfectly for the task it is designed to do, but there is no harm in trying and take on the competition.
There are insights and some rumors regarding the gaming titles to be announced on the Nintendo Switch. Some are quite obvious and there are some new additions that show potential for a good competitive future.
To start the analysis, let’s take a look at Nintendo’s newest titles like Arms, which was revealed on the day of the release of the system. The game created quite a hype for itself and received a large sum of votes by the community to the exhibition at the world’s premier fighting game tournament taking place at EVO 2017, but eventually lost to Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
Coming to the Switch is ULTRA Street Fighter II, which is the remastered version of the older game and could give birth to a great rivalry between the Capcom Cup and Street Fighter V.
The last two are none other than Smash Bros and Splatoon 2 and could possibly be the main ingredient behind the success of the Nintendo Switch in the eSports market in the near future.
The joy-con controllers are very far away from being perfect. To start the discussion, they are smaller compared to controllers of the other consoles and people with bigger hands may have issues using them.
On a realistic and personal note, if Nintendo wants to make a big splash on the competitive eSports market, they should actually opt to design a professional controller. The joy-con gives an ordinary feeling, very synonymous to the Xbox One controller, which makes the joy-cons more suitable for casual gaming.
The joy-cons are fantastic, but the purpose of giving them some bashing is to highlight that these controllers need specific modifications to compete in the professional league.
In the end, the Nintendo Switch is a powerful gaming platform. With the right investments and third party support, the platform could achieve big milestones in the eSports industry. The people will grow to love that it is pleasing to the eye and can be expanded easily. If you are a diehard Nintendo fan, get it so that you can be the one of many that grant the console a significant edge.
It is a remarkable piece of equipment that has a bright future to come. I’m keeping my hopes up that Nintendo learns from the mistakes of the Wii U and that we see the next installment of Smash Bros (or a port of the Wii U game) in the very near future.
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