Rumors of a new Switch model have been half true. Is the new OLED version what we expected?
First of all, we must understand one thing: the rumors of a Nintendo Switch with 4K resolution and more powerful is not only something that circulated in the Internet lies, it was something that I believe that the community, both the owners of a Switch and those who still they did not jump, they waited with interest. Anyone who has enjoyed the latest Nintendo console in these years will have appreciated that while the console offers acceptable performance, there are more and more games that seem to sacrifice too much in terms of resolution or performance to move on the Nintendo Switch. All this not to mention that we are experiencing a relative drought by Nintendo, which could be better explained with the rumors of waiting for a more ambitious model. So, Although the rumors have misled us, I think it was also partly because they dictated common sense.
Nintendo brought a new idea they may have come to an endLet’s try to understand Nintendo’s plan. Switch is working fine for them. Some would say too good. They have sold 85 million units in 4 years, which is crazy. Therefore, it would not be surprising if Nintendo wanted the goose that laid the golden eggs to continue laying eggs for as long as possible. Almost, I daresay, forgetting about future generations. That, for many years, Switch remains Switch, as iPhone is iPhone, and keep updating in terms of power. The times when each new generation of Nintendo consoles brought a new idea may have come to an end.
Under this panorama, movement as (but as) conservative as this OLED model, that makes the logical changes, such as the slight increase in the screen, the better positioning of the pin that holds the console, etc; It reminds me of the strategy the company followed with its first laptop: Game Boy. The console arrived in 1989 and had several versions, such as Game Boy Pocket or Game Boy Light. It was not until nine years later, in 1998 with the Game Boy Color, that a small generational leap was made and it was almost a patch that was raised before the delay of the Game Boy Advance designs, which ended up arriving in 2001.
I think Nintendo wants to replay. Stretch the Switch generation to the maxI think Nintendo wants to replay. Stretch the Switch generation to the maximum. He knows that common sense would be to technologically upgrade his machine: add a little more power to improve the resolutions on television and screen, and that the games go with better performance. But they are not going to do it for the simple reason that they sell the exact same thing by not doing it. This is one of the realities that has (almost) always accompanied Nintendo: whatever they do, they sell. Now taking out a Nintendo Switch OLED, at a price of 350 euros, 50 cheaper than a digital PS5, with a completely outdated technology, is something they can afford.
In this paragraph I understand that I should add that “it’s our fault”, right? Because yesterday it was Super Mario 3D All-Stars in edition that is finished, today it is Skyward Sword at a novelty price and tomorrow it will be Switch OLED. I’ll put it another way and go into another garden. There’s a reason The Elder Scrolls VI, GTA 6, and Mario Kart 9 are all going to be incredibly late in terms of the release rate of other installments in their series – because they’re still selling fast. His fans are such fans that we buy and buy back editions and, in this way, the company on duty logically asks: Why stop this flow with a new installment? As Todd Howard said: “If you want us to stop selling Skyrim, stop buying it.” The same if we want a new version of Switch, one that really updates the capabilities of the console, if we want new games and not remasters, maybe we should close the portfolio more times. Of course, I do not pretend to tell anyone what to do with their money. But I, this time, who was waiting with anticipation for a new Switch model, I need more logic in the movements of the Japanese company, because right now It seems that what Nintendo needs the most is competition.
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