You know, I heard it is a Sunday tomorrow. How that has anything to do with the fact that today is the first anniversary of the Nintendo Switch, is beyond me? But it needed to be said and since everyone else is doing a write-up or has already done one quite like this, it’s the only opening that was left! But yes, the Nintendo Switch is 1 years old and the time has gone in the blink of an eye!
For many gamers out there, their journey with the Nintendo Switch started last year, but for Mike and myself, it started in 2015. Eager to know more about Zelda Wii U and the NX, we decided to start a site that would look into the news and rumours concerning Zelda and the NX and thus, Miketendo64 was born. It was probably the worst name we could have ever chosen, but Mike liked it and that was good enough for me.
Now, although we only intended to be NX and Zelda Wii U focused, we opened ourselves up to all Nintendo news, so come the day we had our first anniversary in May 2016, we were no longer another blog, but a Nintendo news site and E3 2016 would only elevate our status. Zelda Wii U was revealed as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Miketendo64 started to grow faster a lot faster than we had seen in previous months and after a few months of growth and news, Miketendo64 had changed once again.
Not content with just news, we started making news by conducting our own interviews, we focused more on writing original content such as editorials and features, but we got into the review business and by the time March 2017 came about, the whole world was different. (The game community at least.) The Switch had finally been revealed, it had a great showing during its January presentation and in March, after years of hype and anticipation, it was time to Switch.
We didn’t just get a new console that gave us the means to play AAA games on the go, we got a reason to play games again. Older gamers had rediscovered the means to game again and younger audiences finally got a Nintendo platform they could finally be excited about. It also helped we got the likes of Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and of course, Bayonetta 1 & 2, as well as the promise of games to come: Kirby Star Allies, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Mario Tennis Aces, Metroid Prime 4, Bayonetta 3 and a new Fire Emblem, Yoshi and Pokémon for Switch.
To say this is an incredible time to be a gamer, is to provide an adequate statement at best. It’s a sensational time to have a Switch and you know what? I’m actually happy with everything we got from Year 1. Could there have been improvements? Yes, there could have done, but things like the lack of a Browser, additional themes and even Virtual Console, were simply add-ons the console did not need. Nintendo already had a ton of great games in development for the console and indie developers were lining left, right and centre to get their games on the console that was proving to be a hit with everyone.
In a way, the indie games had become the virtual console we were missing, but while Year 1 could do without all of that, as it was only ever meant to be about establishing what the Switch is and its games, Year 2 has started and already Nintendo is off to a bad start. Despite the fact we’ve had a Direct Mini in January, the last big Direct was in November and Nintendo have yet to give us the Western release date for Hyrule Warriors, when the Japanese release, is now less than 3 weeks ago.
To go one further though, despite today being a Saturday, Nintendo hadn’t even arranged a celebratory Switch anniversary event that could have taken place on the Friday just gone. It wouldn’t have been that hard to arrange a party at the NY Store, or put together a highlight trailer that showcases the Switch Year 1 journey and yet, it didn’t happen. Just like how Nintendo Switch Online didn’t happen and won’t happen, until September of this year and at this time, we’re without a great online game to kick it off, so as much as we love Nintendo and how they handled, they do need to step it up for Year 2 and this is what we’re hoping for:
Nintendo Switch Firmware Version 5.0: New Features:
- Longer Video Capture support (1 minute)
- More Themes and customisable icons
- Files for Putting Games in
- Better Game Log for keeping track of your Play Times.
. Gamer chat with friends.
. Switchverse, like Miiverse but for the Switch
. Streetpass for Switch
. Better integration with My Nintendo and mobile apps.
. Video Streaming Apps, like Netflix, Twitch and YouTube
1) E3 2018 Gone Wild:
- Forget one game being prioritised over another. Metroid, Pokémon and Bayonetta 3 are Nintendo’s Top E3 Games, with an equal presence
- New Zelda game revealed for either Nintendo Switch or 3DS
- Other Nintendo Games to be shown:
o Animal Crossing
o Super Smash Bros for Switch
o Fire Emblem
o WarioLand or WarioWare title revealed
o Whatever Retro are working on
o Luigi’s Mansion 3
2) Ports/Remasters of Wii U & Wii Games:
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (Wii Port/Remaster)
- Super Mario Maker Deluxe (Wii U Port/Remaster)
- Wonderful 101 (Wii U Port)
- Star Fox Zero (Wii U Port)
- Endless Ocean 2 (Wii Port/Remaster)
3) More Third Party and Indie Support, Including Apps:
- YouTube & Netflix at long last added
- We’re already getting Wolfenstein II, but what about:
o Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X2
o GTA V5
o New Call of Duty Title
o Crash Bandicoot’s N’ Sane Trilogy
o Anything Assassin’s Creed related
4) A True Online Experience: Online Gaming More Third Party and Indie Support, Including Apps:
- Nintendo Switch Online app is given another useful purpose for the meantime/another game to support like Splatoon 2
- More online competitions and online events for Splatoon 2, Pokkén, ARMS and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
- Virtual Console added
Thank you very much for reading our article. We hope you have enjoyed the Nintendo Switch over the last year as much as we have. With so many great games to play, over 400 in just one year, The Switch is a formidable machine that offers something for everyone. 2018 is a where it could all change for Nintendo. Can they keep up the momentum and really make a winner out of the Switch or will the the 1st party titles begin to wane and have to depend on third party support to break up dry spells in between? There are still some amazing games to come like Metroid Prime 4 and Pokémon for Switch but what games are you most looking forward to coming to the console? Please be sure to let us know your thoughts in the Comments section below.
As always, thank you for reading and until next time, keep on gaming!