Bring back the e-Reader you are cowardly
In comparison with the Wii U, the Switch is fantastic, with the fastest sales step in game of all time, multi-faceted third-party hits and third-party support, as Nintendo has not seen since the SNES days. On the other hand, the console is ready to meet the initial sales target of 20 million sold in the fiscal year 2018. That is particularly bad news given that the 3DS is currently working on fumes and that outside Pokemon Gonone of Nintendo's mobile offering has become market leader.
More than anything, Nintendo has to go back to the Wii and DS days, when they had the two most popular consoles in the world, each with an installation base of more than 100 million and a confirmation rate of +10 games per system owner. Of course, reaching that is probably no longer possible for anyone. The market is not like how it was 10 years ago. The new generation of "gamers" logs in Fortnite and Minecraft on phones and tablets everyday to just hang out with friends and kill time while Facebook, YouTube and their homework remain open in other windows. They do not necessarily see the usefulness of traditional story-based or high-score games, let alone traditional game consoles. That is probably the reason why Nintendo has merged the markets for portable devices and home console with the Switch. As the success of the system showed, placing all their eggs in one package was the best way to achieve success across the board.
That said, there is no way that Nintendo will rely on a single console and a few mobile releases for a long time. Here are a few ideas about what else they can cook.
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The Switch SP (AKA Tiny Switch or Switch Mini)
Insider speculation so far has been heavily focused on Nintendo to release a smaller, more sustainable, cheaper Switch that is more like the 2DS for the 3DS than a substantial upgrade or revision. The fact is that many people bought a Switch because they wanted a successor to the 3DS, not the Wii U, and on that front there were disappointments. The Switch is a great handheld, but it is not a great portable. Accidentally dropping even a few meters can spell disaster. Carrying in your pocket is impossible for everyone except the most diehard JNCO enthusiasts. The detachable Joy Con for local portable play is a fun party trick, but for many it is not worth the loss of a real d-pad that goes with it.
All these problems could be solved with a new Switch model that theoretically would not cost the same R & D level as a completely new system, but could still bring a brand new customer base to the table.
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The Gameboy Classic (AKA the Gameboy Mini or Gameboy Advance Classic)
After the runaway success of the NES Classic and SNES Classic plug-and-play consoles, many thought it was a foregone conclusion that an N64 Classic was the next. I always thought that was unlikely. Regardless of what Legend of Bum-Bo co-creator James Id can tell you that that library of games just does not work as well with today's consumers as the older ones do. That does not even correspond to the fact that the controller, according to modern standards, is a bit of a train wreck.
The Gameboy, on the other hand, is a completely different story. Nostalgia for the console has started wildly lately, with the indie market packed with 2-3 color combinations that resemble the minimalist display of the original system. It is also true that if you let things run all the way to the Gameboy Advance, you have non-localized favorites like Mother 3 work with. Star Fox 2The inclusion in the SNES Classic is what it has pushed aside from a "I pick it up when I meet one at Target" to a "I go camping in the pre-order line" purchase for many.
This hypothetical Gameboy Classic would not really be a Gameboy if it was not enough, but I expect that Nintendo can do plug-and-play-meets-portable hybrid, as SNK did with their Neo Geo Mini, without too many problems. If they were really smart, they would also make the console compatible with Nintendo's Switch Online service and the library with & # 39; free & # 39; retro games. They would fit well with the Gameboy brand and it would not hurt to give people a new reason to subscribe.
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The Virtual Console Player
The Switch SP and the Gameboy Classic are the expected moves for Nintendo to continue, but there was a time when the only thing you could expect from Nintendo was the unexpected. Many have worried that those wild, inspired days ended with the death of Satoru Iwata in 2015, but I hope his spark is still alive today.
Not only would a dedicated portable Virtual Console / Subscription service player come from the left field, but it would also match the current needs of the market. The days when people want a console for their TV and a separate one for their wallets are more or less over. Instead, the split we see today between retro, arcade-like experiences and gigantic, life-controlling giants. An inexpensive handheld in the download title that only manages the best retro games, and modern games in the retro style, could be the perfect addition to the switch.
The self-built Wii SP console from Jackson Snowden does many of the same things that I am doing. In my dream scenario, this Virtual Console Player combines the best of both the Switch SP and the Gameboy Classic concepts. Prize it for $ 99, make it compatible with most of Switch eshop's smaller games, and also offer unique Virtual Console services for the thing, and Nintendo's mobile titles, and you've got a real system that really must have for people I do not want to go all-in like a while Breath of the Wild or Mario Odyssey, but wants a little cheap Nintendo in their lives every day.
But enough of me. What would you like from a new special handheld from Nintendo?
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