Games Inbox: Should Nintendo make a new portable console?
A very Nintendo-centric Thursday Inbox asks if Super Mario Maker 2 is worth it for solo players, as one reader insists Nintendo always know what they’re doing.
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I’m not buying these rumours about the mini Switch, after all the Joy-Cons are small enough already individually, when horizontal, I can’t imagine how awkward they would be if they were to be any smaller. Maybe a reader could 3D print one on a smaller scale and let us know?
The irony of all this though is that we now have a Nintendo home console that many claim to be the end of Nintendo’s handheld market, which is now rumoured to be getting smaller. Yet they spent the best part of the last handheld generation trying to make the console bigger.
This does make me think though and, yes, I know predicting Nintendo is often futile.
I don’t think it’s beyond the realms of possibility that Nintendo are working on new hardware though, but I think it might be a new handheld. If you think about it making a smaller Switch is not the same as making a slimmer version of a console that sits under your TV, it’s small enough already. Making a handheld about the size of a 3DS XL maybe with bendable screen would make more sense.
It could be a handheld in its own right yet imagine if it could be docked into the Switch so you could play it on your tv if you so wished using the joycons and we all know how Nintendo love connectivity. If it sells well it could turn even more heads to the Switch.
Of course nothing would stop companies from making a dock that uploads the signal to a TV but if Nintendo where to release free downloads that utilise both consoles you would then need both consoles to play
I’m thinking along the lines of the ghost game in Nintendo Land, where you use the handheld much like you use the Wii U gamepad. You wouldn’t necessarily need both consoles to enjoy them but if the two come
together to make an even more party experience for gamers then I’m sure people will be interested.
GC: The most recent rumour implies that the Joy-Cons on the Switch Mini, if it exists, are not detachable.
Sometimes they know
RE: Cranston. The N64 was the last time Nintendo tried to outdo their rivals with better tech. Ultimately cartridges were more expensive to develop for and the PlayStation ran away with the market. So, next came the GameCube. They were literally keeping up with everybody else with this console, and ever since Nintendo have adopted the strategy of innovation with lower tech (because it’s cheaper) and has probably always yielded results.
Now, I’m not sure about the Wii U and the first 3DS, but pretty much every Nintendo console has resulted in a profit from day one, the same cannot be said of Sony or Microsoft. This is their business model. They’ve always been successful in spite of the Wii U. So, no, Nintendo should not make the consoles that they want to make. They know what they’re doing.
Technically Nintendo always make more powerful consoles. Their next console will definitely be more powerful than the Switch…
GC: Nintendo do not always know what they’re doing, as the Wii U clearly proves. Also, the Switch was also only nominally more powerful than its predecessor.
I think everyone was pleasantly surprised by how good Blackout was in Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4, but boy did Battlefield V’s Firestorm go down like a lead balloon. People talk about Sonic The Hedgehog being mismanaged (and it is) but Battlefield has been on a sharp downward curve ever since Battlefield 1, if you ask me.
And yet in a way I consider this a good thing, as they will surely come to the conclusion that the only way they can save the franchise now is to make Bad Company 3 – the game fans have been calling for for over a decade now.
I still have no idea when they’ve never made it up till now but at least we know the graphics will be top of the line and DICE will have to give it their all or see the whole franchise collapse. It’s obviously not this year so hopefully it’ll be next gen too.
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RE: Switch’s lack of power. I think statistics have shown its usage between docked and undocked is about 50/50 making its hybrid form most definitely it’s unique selling point. The Switch isn’t competing with the same mindset that prompts a purchase of an Xbox or PlayStation 4. Cutting edge graphics, all the latest multi plays, etc… So the power difference between them, I feel, is not that important.
Also, if streaming negates the need for powerful hardware then the Switch seems the second-best device behind a TV to stream to.
I’m holding out for a more powerful model though. Not for better graphics but better performance. If I wasn’t so sure new models will be announced imminently though I’d be happy with the current model.
Can anyone enlighten me as to how a portable-only switch would be cheaper for Nintendo to make?
Surely the only difference would be no dock – a block of plastic that is essentially a gimmick given that a power connector and HDMI socket could easily be on the console anyway.
How does losing a HDMI port and a piece of plastic equal big savings?
GC: Ignoring how much Nintendo charges for an extra dock there’s the fact that the Joy-Cons allegedly aren’t detachable in the new model and that the smaller form factor will no doubt be cheaper to produce, especially given tech advances over the last two and a half years. And besides, nobody said that it was going to be THAT much cheaper.
The recent addition of £30 eShop credit with Switch consoles made me wonder if it was a drive to clear out stock of the existing model prior to the launch of the long rumoured Mini or Pro versions.
Perhaps as with the Xbox One being replaced by the S or X, and the 3DS being swapped out for the New 2DS, the current Switch will be replaced by a hardware revision.
I’m just not sure what they’ll do with the Joy-Cons though. They need to be retained in their current form to work with Labo, same for the Switch itself for the VR. If There’s a more powerful model, I’d want to be able to use the extra grunt to have a higher resolution VR experience, but it’d need to keep the same size and shape.
Perhaps Labo is simply going to be abandoned by Nintendo and the new hardware can be whatever it needs to be, but whatever the case I hope they’ll at least come up with some new Joy-Con colours. They’ve done so few options despite initially seeming like they’d cover a wide spectrum. Maybe they just haven’t sold well enough as everyone bought Pro Controllers instead.
Take your time
Good to see the Cuphead guys taking a bit longer to finish the game. I hope the other developers are watching.
As we have seen very recently with Batman: Arkham Knight, Anthem, Fallout 76, and Battlefield 4, a rushed game is a very poor game that takes forever to get right again.
GC: Arkham Knight was four years ago and, despite its problems, there was no suggestion it was rushed. It was actually delayed almost a year from its originally intended release date.
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Without getting too precious (or even snobby?) I think Nintendo has only ever appealed to a certain kind of gamer. The one who isn’t interested in buying Call Of Duty every year, or the latest sports game, but someone who can’t wait to see what nutty idea Nintendo tries next.
In some ways these audiences aren’t so different. Whilst your mainstream gamer wants to see more polygons, fancier lighting, and better draw distance, your classic Nintendo fan loves seeing their favourite characters reworked every generation with whatever new gimmick Nintendo has added. Whether it’s dual screens, motion controls, or home console gaming quality (just) on the go. Some franchises seem to take advantage of the gimmicks more than others, but even Zelda took notice with Breath Of The Wild’s thousands of tiny challenges within one big world rather than 10 or so multi-hour dungeons. I’d take that over more realistic footballers faces and trample-able blades of grass.
Nintendo tried to compete on raw power with the GameCube and it wasn’t a great success compared to the PlayStation 2 and original Xbox. The only way Nintendo would benefit from making something as powerful as Sony and Microsoft is that multi-platform games could more easily be ported, but the money they’d spend on a super-duper processor would be money they couldn’t spend on gyro controls, portable screens, and little slidey controller brackets… It does mean their audience ends up being super dedicated fans who only ever buy Nintendo consoles, or people like myself who get a PlayStation/Xbox first and a Nintendo console as a secondary one to catch up on what Link and Mario are up to these days.
The portability shouldn’t be overlooked though, and I think Nintendo have almost painted themselves into a corner. It’s going to be very strange if their next console doesn’t let me play any game I want on the sofa, the train, and (dare I say it) in the smallest room.
GC: You say that as if Nintendo consoles are a niche concern. The Wii was the best-selling console of last gen and the Switch will almost certainly outsell the Xbox One this gen, despite Microsoft having a three-year head start.
I love Mario games but don’t really have much desire to make my own levels. Is Super Mario Maker 2 still worth it for me?
GC: Yes, not only is the story campaign fairly substantial but you can also download everyone else’s levels and play them.
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This week’s Hot Topic
Since we’re just over the halfway point of the year the subject for this weekend’s Inbox is what has been your favourite new game of 2019?
How many new games have you bought this year and how does that compare to usual? Do you think 2019 has so far been a good year for new games and what do you think have been the major trends? Do you think any of the new games will go down as all-time classics and are any in your top favourite list?
You can find our list of top games here, but bear in mind our top 20 never includes remakes, remasters, expansions, compilations, or versions of games previously released on other formats – but you’re free to talk about anything as long as it was released new in the UK this year.
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