Nintendo’s Switch Secrecy-Could This Be Bad Thing?

I have been worried for the past year at how secretive Nintendo has been about their new console, the Switch. Confirmed to be in development like 2 years ago asĀ  codename “NX,” that is all that was basically said about the new console until a couple weeks ago (other than a release month).

In that long silence, about a thousand rumors were built up, every one was creating wild stories because we had nothing else to go off of. As with all rumors and hype and the like, this tends to get people thinking what it might be, and how it should be in their own personal preference. After a few months of rumors, a person could have a whole idea of what the console is going to be.

That being said, I was relieved to see that the system is in fact a portable/console hybrid, which was the central rumor. But it will more than likely not live up to all the other rumors that have spread or “leaked,” thus most likely leaving a lot of people disappointed, and just like that, said people immediately hate the console, because they bought into so many false claims that they were brain washed into thinking it was something it wasn’t, or at least hoping that it was going to be something other than what it was.

This immediate negativity could be avoided by not waiting so long without a single confirmed detail. And after countless months of waiting, what does Nintendo give us? A teaser trailer for the system, showing only its basic function and what it is officially called. A few games were teased as well.

Now keep in mind this trailer was released with only five months to go before the systems own release. Kind of cutting it short with advertising and all that, aren’t they?

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But after this trailer, we have got nothing since, and are now told to wait almost 3 more months for them to go into details with the Switch, January 12 being the exact date, a date in which the console will be released two months from! And in the short time since the reveal video, hundreds of rumors have already started flying around, adding to more false hype and confusion.

That gives the company only 2 months of solid ads and hype build, (which as hype is concerned, that’s probably a good thing, so it doesn’t get out of hand) and only allows a short time for people to decide if it is something they want to buy. If they decide they want it after seeing all the facts and don’t have the cash, now it is going to take some time to save up for it.

And then there is all those claims that people got confused about the Wii U being anything different from the Wii. This one blows my mind. It was made perfectly clear that it was a brand new console, how it was different and what it was capable of. If there are dummies like that who can get confused so easily, then shouldn’t advertising be a long drawn out thing, not a last minute revelation?

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Now you may be thinking, “Big deal, people will have plenty of time after it is out to decide to buy one or not,” which is true, but Nintendo needs a strong first year for the system to encourage third parties to continuing developing for it. Wii U had plenty of support at first, but due to lack of sales for the console, (plus being difficult to develop for) many of the third party devs decided it was not worth it at all to make games on it. And Nintendo can not afford lose that support again. Though they have said that third party support is one of their priorities for the new Switch, so that’s a start.

We’ll see what happens I guess, I just think it isn’t a great decision to keep consumers in the dark for so long.

 

New Announcements From E3 2016

Well, another e3 has came and went. Overall I thought this one, like last years was disappointing, though there were a few new games that caught my interest, though definitely a record low for e3. There was also some nice gameplay shown for a few previously announced games, like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Friday the 13th, the Game.

But this post will be focused on all the new games announced this year, so here goes.

death strandingFirst off is Kojima’s first game since leaving Konami, called Death Stranding. There is a lot of buzz about this game on the internet, and frankly I don’t know why. The reveal trailer is highly uninformative of anything and looks stupid. Though they could have revealed more about the game other than the trailer by now, but I have no interest in looking into it.

Crash-Bandicoot-Activision-700x389.jpg.optimalCrash Bandicoot 1-3 are getting remasters.I’m kind of annoyed by this, as I just played through these games via PlayStation Store like 2 weeks ago, after purchasing them about a year ago. This is great for fans of the series who have been wanting to revisit these old classics, but I for one have no interest in looking into this remaster further. Plus, I’m just so sick of every game being remastered these days.

spidermanSpider-Man Ps4 is next, and though only a short gameplay trailer was shown, it looks fantastic. This is one of the few games announced this year that have caught my interest. I love the Amazing Spider-Man games that have come out in the last few years, and this looks like it builds upon that system. I can not wait, especially since it is not tied to a movie counterpart, thus free to do anything it wants within the Spider-Man universe. Really can’t wait for this one.

days goneDays Gone is another game revealed that I thought looked really good. Sony showcased a short demo, and it was just some poor guy relentlessly getting chased by hordes of zombies while doing his best to kill them and/or escape them. Looks like a lot of fun..

resident-evil-7-1-343x389.jpg.optimalAnother one I am interested in is Resident Evil 7, but not by the trailer which was shown, but simply because I am a huge fan of the franchise. The trailer itself depicts the game as being your run of the mill, first person survival horror that developers seem to constantly be pushing out these days. So far it seems like all you have is a flashlight and your wits to sneak around a mansion presumably filled with zombies. It’s a change for the series yet again, so it welcome to me, though it is not the direction I would have liked the series to go in. It will also be available for PS VR, the first game that I found myself actually wanting to use a headset for.

A new Batman Arkham game was announced for PS VR too, nothing exciting looking about it.

Final Fantasy XV will also be available in VR. Why?

Another VR game, Star Wars X-Wing Missions was announced. This could be good…

And to top off the VR sections, the steam VR HTC Vive will be getting Fallout 4 and the recently released Doom, two games that might be interesting .

God-of-War-PS4-2-1280x720A reboot of God Of War was presented with an almost 10 minute gameplay trailer. This takes place within Norse mythology and his son is still alive, though he will probably die at some point, sending Kratos on his quest to kill a bunch of gods, or his son will become the god of war he must destroy. Who knows? The game looks very different from every other game in the franchise, as it probably should, having a completely different setting and story, but it looks worse. The boos fight shown was underwhelming at best, and the combat took a few steps backwards, reminding me more of your typical slow combat like Dark Souls or Elder Scrolls, instead of the fast paced, brutal action that has kept fans of GoW keep coming back for more. Overall, I was disappointed by this game, but I will be getting it only because I love the franchise, just like RE7.

Trials-of-The-Blood-DragonTrials of the Blood Dragon, a combination of Trials Fusion and Blood Dragon was announced. I don’t know anything about either of those games, so I couldn’t tell you much about what this game has to offer. It didn’t catch my interest though. Looked like some dirt bike stunt game.

Grow Up, sequel to Grow Home was announced. If you like the first one, you’ll like this.

Just Dance 2017 for all platforms, no surprises there.

Steep. This game looks kind of dumb. You ski or snowboard or hang glide and the like while doing crazy tricks to show off to your friends. Big social focus point on this game. Not my cup of tea.

State of Decay 2 will be coming out next year. If you liked the first one, then I recommend this. I thought the first one was just okay, so I’m still on the fence about this one.

dead-rising-4-new-details-e3-2016.jpg.optimalDead Rising 4 looks like a hoot. It’s what you would expect from a game in this series. But man, it feels like the third one just came out. How time flies!

Forza Horizon 3 is coming out for all you car lovers.

A card game from the Witcher 3 is getting a separate release. People love their virtual cards these days.

fe-gameIndie game Fe revealed. Little monster runs around and kills other monsters.

FIFA 17 for all you soccer folks. Oddly enough, this has a story mode, which makes it stand out from the other 30 games in the series.

Following that is Madden 17. Do people still buy these games?

Prey, a strange, first person shooter/ psycho-thriller announced. Looks pretty good. This is added to my wish list, the last that I found interesting among all of these new games.

Oh boy, yet another online shooter…Quake Champions. It looks pretty good, but you know…it’s an online shooter.

Skyrim: Special Edition. Woohoo, another barely aged game getting a remaster. Nothing much changes at all from the original.

And that’s all the new games announced.

I’m looking forward to only four of them, a record low since I have been following e3.