Does Mobile Gaming Spell The End For Nintendo?

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The Nintendo Switch has been out for a while now, and I think we all appreciate just how successful it’s actually been. It was written off as a flop as soon as it was announced; not just by me, but by critics everywhere. I’ve never been so pleased to have been wrong, and although I haven’t invested in one myself yet, I’ll certainly be picking one up as soon as I have chance.

A few months ago, I wrote a now outdated post about how I’ll give the Switch a miss, or at least during its infancy. Since then, a lot has happened and there were far more launch titles than first announced; but I still stand by the prediction I made at the time:

Personally, I think this will be the final console Nintendo release and that’s a real shame. My true fear is that their focus will quickly turn to mobile and tablet applications, it seems inevitable. I wrote a piece asking the question “Is portable gaming dying?” just before Christmas, and the answer is a depressing “Yes”.

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Nintendo Switch – Why I’ll probably give this one a miss

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Yo mic check, mic check, yeah here you go.

I heard he got that hot new thing. It’s called “Switch“.

Let’s get it going.

When the day finally arrives where I can no longer reference Will Smith, so does the day I stop writing. Period.


The Nintendo Switch has been big news for the past few weeks. Ever since it was first announced back in October 2016, I’ve been meaning to write a blog post about it. I’ve put it off for so long that we’ve actually had an official presentation event that’s given us some further insight into 2017’s highly anticipated console. Nintendo hosted their Switch presentation in January and dropped some key details regarding its new flagship device.

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Old Games Are Still Good Games.

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Why would anyone play an old game?

There’s no argument here, I already feel like I’m wasting my time writing this.  I’ve never once thought “I’m not playing that game as a newer one is out”. What an absurd thought process.

However!

Last week, I was speaking to one of my closest friends. I was explaining to him the I’d bought Gears Of War 4 and, as he’s a huge fan of the series, I was trying to convince him to get it himself. He’s a tight-arse, which explains why he’d hadn’t already picked it up but I thought I could twist his arm into buying it. As part of my argument, I’ve told him that as well as the full Gears Of War 4 game, you get every previous Gears Of War game bundled with it. I spoke about this briefly in a previous post. I’m talking Gears 1, 2, 3 and Judgement.

 

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Is that a Gameboy in your pocket? Or are you just pleased to see me?

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I’ve played on mobile/handheld games consoles all my life, so much so that they’ve probably made me the man I am today. Or at least helped shape me into the best person I can be. Pokemon taught me it was OK to speak to strangers and force animals to fight, whilst Mario taught me everything I know about women and how to slide down flag poles. I feel privileged to have been able to play some of the classics that have been released on these devices, from the early Pokemon games on Nintendo’s Gameboy, to the GTA: Stories series on Sony’s PSP. I could have mentioned the Gameboy Color here, but I didn’t want to bring up it’s only flaw: the misspelling of it’s name (It’s definitely spelt ‘colour’ by the way…).

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