By Melvin Taylor, Brand Marketer
Video game company Nintendo plans to release a new version of their hybrid system, the Nintendo Switch, in 2019, according to an article by The Wall Street Journal. They go on to say, “Nintendo is still debating what new hardware and software features to include in the upgrade and weighing the cost of the features.” The Nintendo Switch is a relatively new system, launched in March 2017. While the system does have some issues, it might be too early for a redesign depending on how the system is looked at.
Compared to past Nintendo home console releases, an updated Switch would be too early. If Nintendo is looking at the Switch in a way similar to one of their handhelds, an upgraded system makes complete sense. For example, the Game Boy Advance was released in 2001 and its updated model, the Game Boy Advance SP was released in 2003, only two years after. This same process was followed for the 2004 Nintendo DS and the 2006 Nintendo DS Lite, a slightly updated model of the system.
I bought the Nintendo Switch back in February and I do not think there are any big improvements Nintendo could make to get me to purchase another system. When I was younger, I used to get every revision they released for handheld systems, but that philosophy makes less sense now as the upgrades to the Nintendo 3DS have not been that different. Nintendo has altered its size, removed the 3D graphics and added an NFC reader for amiibo figures.
A feature I would like to see in an updated Nintendo Switch is better graphics in portable mode. This is not a big issue for me, but I have heard major complaints of “Xenoblade Chronicles 2” in portable mode. The game has a huge world and it may be hard for all of that to be rendered. The graphics in “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle” were surprising to me due to the contrast with “Super Mario Odyssey”’s amazing graphics in portable mode. I am not saying that “Mario + Rabbids” looks bad, but it took a while to get used to the characters looking like toys and the graphics needed to be brighter.
The Joy-Con controllers are great for playing games with friends. I would like to see revision in the size of the Joy-Cons because people with large hands can struggle to use the tiny controllers. While I love the portability of the system and exclusively play it in portable mode, it can lead to some issues like the graphical one mentioned before and playing the system while charging it. I cannot play the Switch for a long time while it is charging. The charge port is on the bottom of the system for whatever reason while the Game Boy and Nintendo DS lines both had the charge port in the back of the system (excluding the Game Boy Micro). This change makes no sense and makes it a hassle to play while charging. I cannot rest the system on a table because the cord will get damaged and the system cannot stand with the cord plugged into it. If I hold the system while charging, my elbows will eventually hurt from putting pressure on them. The only option I had was to lay it down flat which is not ideal at all.
The Switch sends me a warning after a few hours of gameplay, so I would like to see better battery life. It is important to remember this is a portable system, so it should be able to last a while for people who play on the go. When the Switch originally launched, there were a few things people had to buy in addition to the system. The main one of these items was an SD card. The system only has 32GB of storage and for a gaming console, which is not a lot. For comparison, the PlayStation 4 is currently $300 and comes with 1TB of storage. 32GB of storage is not much when you are downloading updates, free-to-play games and demos.
Finally, I think the Switch needs a better processor. The fan sometimes blows hard and there have been issues of the Switch console being warped or bent. Back in March 2017, there were various reports on NeoGaf, Twitter and other websites about consoles warping according to Kotaku. This issue comes from gamers leaving their system in the charging dock for too long. While in the charging dock, the system overheats and starts to bend. Being a portable only gamer, I have not had this issue, but it is something that needs to be investigated considering some people have noticed the problem not even a week after purchasing their system.
Even if all my ideas are put into the new Nintendo Switch system, I cannot see myself buying a new one because the one I have works completely fine.