The Making of a Great Console

For today’s post, I was taking a look at the video games exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Since the Nintendo Switch console is now four years old and was one of the best-selling consoles — including the Switch Lite version — of 2020. Indeed, the PS5 and Xbox Series X may not be able to match the sales pace Nintendo has set.

To celebrate the Nintendo Switch’s birthday from last week, I was going to pick a few of the Nintendo Switch exclusive games that I enjoy playing the most.

And, honestly, there are fewer exclusive games than I thought.

Don’t get me wrong, the Nintendo Switch has a fantastic library of games. The eShop is bursting with games from all sorts of genres and developers, indies and third-parties to go along with the many first-party games the Nintendo Switch family has available.

Due to this, it’s come to my attention that my favorite Nintendo Switch games are not exclusive. I’ve played them elsewhere before and didn’t have a problem buying them again when they became available for the Nintendo Switch. It’s easier to play on my Switch Lite than my PC at times or booting up the older Wii U again. My wishlist for the Nintendo Switch — aside from new Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, and Fire Emblem games — consists of remasters of older games.

I’m excited to see Miitopia reappear on the Nintendo Switch. Pokemon’s Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl were a long time coming. Skyward Sword is making its way to the Switch. I’ve been able to experience one of the oldest Fire Emblem games recently because of its release onto the Switch.

My favorite simulation games are Arcade Spirits, Game Dev Tycoon, and Stardew Valley, all of which I’ve bought for the PC when they were first released. Now they all have a home on our original Switch and my Switch Lite (and my cell phone, in Game Dev Tycoon’s case). And you know what? Whenever the rumored Switch Pro is released, we’re going to buy that too and load it up with our favorite games again.

There are definitely plenty of exclusives that I enjoy on the Nintendo Switch, of course. The Pokemon Let’s Go duos, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, to name a few. Games like Breath of the Wild and Octopath Traveler were going to be included on that list before I realized that, no, they weren’t exclusives. Breath of the Wild is close, of course, having been released for the Wii U and Switch simultaneously, and Octopath Traveler is available on Windows and Google Stadia.

(Who out there plays games on Google Stadia? How is it? What’s it like?)

So, what makes a great console? Is it the exclusive, first-party games? Is it the specs of the console itself? The portability? The design and mechanics? I’m realizing for me that it’s probably the versatility of the console itself and the available library of games, both new and old.

The Nintendo Switch is one of the top contenders in my list of favorite consoles. That was never a doubt to me. Yet, it’s strange thinking that it wasn’t because of the games themselves that made it one of my favorite consoles.

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Readers Comments (1)

  1. I have thought about the whole Switch exclusives deal that you mention. Looking at my Switch collection, I can say I have never owned as many games for a single console. Yet, as someone who has following Nintendo since the SNES days, I don’t think I have ever owned a console with so little in the way of big Nintendo exclusives.

    I think what has been catapulting the Switch towards greatness for me is not only the good third party support, but also the indie developers. I have seen Nintendo do better as far as exclusives go during the Wii and GameCube days to be honest.

    But anyway, you asked what our favorite consoles are, and mine is…. the Swicth, because – as I mentioned – there has been no console with as many titles I am interested in playing. And that’s all despite Nintendo’s slower pace.

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