All the Coins, Less Wahoo
As a fan of something, it’s often easy to get rose-tinted tunnel vision. Of course, the console you follow is the best, that’s why you follow it, right? But sometimes your fervent fandom is borne out by the actual numbers. That happened today courtesy of Bloomberg, which reports that Nintendo has raised its annual forecasts for the second time, with momentum from Switch sales leading to their best period since 2008. In case you don’t have a time machine handy, that was back when Nintendo was riding high off the success of the Wii.
You might imagine that such news has spurred the Kyoto-based company to invest in a brand new model. After all, there have been rumors floating around for a while now about such a move. Despite all that, it sounds like Nintendo has no immediate plans for an enhanced version of the Switch. This strikes me as odd, if not just a missed opportunity. I love a lot about my Switch, and use it frequently. But even I have small issues that I think could be improved upon.
For instance, they could improve the battery strength so that fans of playing it portably wouldn’t have to recharge as often. I’d also die for the system to tell me how long I’ve played a game without me having to play it for an entire week first. Or hell, just go back to the last Nintendo consoles, which had folders. It boggles my mind that there’s no way to arrange the games I have bought digitally into categories. Sure, you can search by Publisher and such, but I want folders to help me organize my playtime. Again, I’m not saying the Switch isn’t worth my time without those improvements. But there’s absolutely no harm in making a great system better. Especially since it’s already proving so profitable.