Opinion Piece

Why I Didn’t Buy a Nintendo Switch At Launch

It’s not you Nintendo, it’s me

Now before I get started I just want to point out that this isn’t a slanderous article towards the Nintendo Switch, these are my thoughts on purchasing a console on launch day. I haven’t purchased a console on day-1 since the Xbox 360 and for good reason. The Xbox 360 showed me just how bad a console launch could be with the impending doom of the Red Ring of Death. I went through 4 consoles in the span of 2 years, having to spend hundreds each time even under Best Buy’s “warrenty”. With Nintendo’s new console just releasing, there’s already plenty of reports of faulty hardware, screens getting scratched from the Dock and more. Today while I was at Best Buy, I had the opportunity to buy a Switch but passed on it. These are my reasons why.

Lack of games

While it’s true that the Nintendo Switch has The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and it looks fantastic, I already own a Wii U and plan on purchasing and playing it on my Wii U. To a lot of people who don’t own or didn’t own the Wii U, Breath of the Wild might seem like a system seller, but for the next few months the catalog is definitely lacking.

Bomberman R, 1-2 Switch, Mario Kart 8 and Snipperclips are the only “big” titles releasing between now and Summer. With a large backlog on the table for Playstation 4 and PC, I just can’t see myself paying well over $500 for the console and accessories now, only to have it collecting dust until ARMS and Splatoon 2 release.

Switch Launch Lineup

As you can see, the majority of the games on this list are multi-plats or releases of games that came out on Playstation 4 and PC months ago. Until ARMS and Splatoon 2 come out, there’s not much in the shape of first-party titles that would really demand a need for a Switch at the moment. This isn’t to say the Switch has a bad year ahead of it, there’s definitely some great games on the horizon (no pun intended), but those won’t be coming out until much later in the year when I plan on purchasing the Switch.

Dbrand Dilemma

If you’re a fan of decorating and putting skins or stickers on your consoles, I’ve got some bad news for you. As the popular technology skin company dbrand pointed out, the Nintendo switch is made with a type of plastic that will degrade when adhesive is applied. Meaning your console will be permanently damaged and scarred if you decide to put a skin on it and remove it later on. Nobody’s sure if this is something Nintendo will be changing with future iterations of the console, but as it is, this is the first time I’ve seen such a problem happening on a Nintendo product.

Dbrand scars

After seeing dbrand’s white Joycon skins I was honestly really excited to purchase them and skin up my inevitable Switch purchase. But with all these new details on how bad skins and stickers will damage the Joycon, that dream was extremely short lived. Hopefully Nintendo fixes this design flaw in the future, I know a lot of people who love personalizing their Nintendo 3DS’ and other consoles and they’re not going to be happy after this news spreads.

Faulty Hardware

YouTube channel Mariusz Borkiet uploaded a video today showing his brand new Nintendo Switch freezing and making an eardrum-destroying noise, all while trying to select his system language. On top of this, Reddit user Supportdevil got a Blue Screen of Death on his portable console. Something I never thought I’d see besides on a computer. Supportdevil has yet to find a solution to his problem and will probably have to return his console or send it to Nintendo, which could take weeks to get back. Alphaping on Reddit was a bit luckier, he got an orange light of death but after holding the power button down for over a minute, the console started working again. It might not seem widespread, but problems like these are commonplace with early adopters and I’m sure something similar would have happened to me.

I’m certain that all of these issues will get ironed out with time, but early adopters always take the risk of receiving faulty hardware or waiting for fixes. With only Breath of the Wild to really maintain the launch lineup of games, and some problems with the hardware, I feel better about my choice of waiting instead of buying into the launch hype. I completely understand the joy and fun of going to midnight launches or finally receiving your long-awaited package at your door, but for now I’ll be holding off on the Switch until at least Summer. Nintendo please make ARMS as amazing as it looks.

Closing thoughts

Those are my three points as to what drove my decision to not purchase a Nintendo Switch at launch. As I said, I’m still excited and planning on purchasing the console in the future, once it makes more sense financially to buy one. Agree or disagree, please feel free to tell me off in the comments or let me know if you also chose to hold off on the Switch and why. With some of our writers purchasing Switch’s, you can still expect some upcoming game reviews such as Breath of the Wild and Bomberman R!