Nintendo’s big cheese thinks Switch’s unique way of playing games will be a major selling point.
Since the Switch’s big reveal last month, consumers and critics alike have been torn as to whether or not Nintendo’s upcoming handheld/console hybrid is a step in the right direction for the company. However, perhaps unsurprisingly, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima has especially high hopes for the system, stating in a recent interview with Nikkei that he believes the Switch will sell as much as the Wii, which was a massive success for the Kyoto-based console manufacturer, who sold over 101.63 million units of the console in the years since its November 19, 2006 launch.
In the interview, Kimishima explained that, like the Wii, the Switch offers a “unique way of playing games”. Of course, only time will tell if the platform’s unique strengths will be enough to compel consumers to embrace Nintendo’s upcoming console. The Wii U, which released in November of 2012, offered a similarly unique tablet gamepad, but has been a major disappointment for Nintendo, with just 13 million units sold in the just over four years since its release.
In addition to predicting the Switch’s success, Kimishima also revealed in the interview with Nikkei that the console will offer both yearly and monthly plans for the system’s online services. Much cheaper than those of PlayStation’s PSN and Microsoft’s Xbox Live, these plans are expected to be priced at 2-3,000 yen/year, or roughly $17.70-$26.50.
The Nintendo Switch is slated to release worldwide on March 3, 2017 alongside the hugely anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. One thing’s for sure, having a new Zelda title roll out their latest piece of hardware with certainly isn’t going to hurt. However, with the game also making its way to the Wii U, it remains to be seen if many players will opt to buy it for Nintendo’s last-gen console, rather than for the Switch.
So, do you think Nintendo will be able to recapture the successes of the Wii with the Nintendo Switch? And if so, have you already went ahead and pre-ordered your console? As always, we love to hear what you think. Be sure to sound off in the comments and let us know.