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Nintendo’s Switch Hits Australia at Last

Photo: Jack Cooksey. 'The Nintendo Switch Console as seen in retail across Australia'

Jack Cooksey

Photo: Jack Cooksey. 'The Nintendo Switch Console as seen in retail across Australia'

Jack Cooksey, Staff reporter

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Iconic gaming console manufacturer Nintendo is back with a powerful new console,  set to be launched in March.

Building on its success from the Nintendo DS and Wii, Nintendo’s whizzes hope the new Switch console  will appeal to today’s generation of gamers.

The newest feature on the Switch allows gamers to unplug the console and play games on the move.

While manufacturers remain focused on consoles with better graphics and performance, Nintendo’s chief executive officer Tatsumi Kimishima has stated “mobility” is the way of the future.

Daniel Vuckovic, an established gamer and blogger from Vooks.net, said the console has been well received so far in Australia.

“So far it’s been pretty positive,” he said.

“The 3DS is old, the Wii U felt old. The Switch is a modern piece of technology.”

He added, “Australians love the outdoors, and travelling – wwo things that are the perfect compliment to the Switch. You can have the system docked at home all the time, but any time you need to move, need to travel or head over to a mates, their system is with you.”

“There’s also two controllers included, and with Nintendo being the only company that gives a damn about local multiplayer,  it’s a winning combo. Just don’t travel too far away from a power point.”

The launch has proved somewhat tumultuous, with many users  complaining on social media about the console getting  scratched when being removed from the dock.  Other users have complained about software issues.

“There’s been a few hardware issues that have dampened the hype a bit. There’s been some issue with the left Joy-Cons and it having drop outs and sync issues.” Vuckovic said.

“There’s some worry about overheating, the dock scratching the screen and a ton of other little crashes, niggles and problems.

The Switch’s predecessor, Nintendo Wii U, failed globally, only recording 13  million sales worldwide, compared to the Wii’s 101 million sales.  So, will the Nintendo Switch be able to survive the war against its competitors?

“Nintendo have sowed the seeds, now they just need to follow it up.  The hardware is good, the software has started a little weak.  They will have to make sure they refine and tweak the hardware and experience of the system and then of course back it up with a ton of amazing games.” said Vuckovic.

Current sales for the Switch look steady. Nintendo recorded 330,000 sales in Japan in just the first two days.  But is it enough to keep up with Sony and Microsoft for a stake in the $10 billion gaming industry?

One thing’s for sure – exciting times for gamers are ahead!

 

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