Video Games

At Launch, the Nintendo Switch Is a Third-Party Wasteland

Julian and Nintendo Switch

I recently acquired a Nintendo Switch as a result of an impulse buy and a fevered mind. And now, as I sit in my office contemplating my purchase, I am torn between keeping it and hoping for the best or just returning it and reclaiming some semblance of sanity.

Now I know what you’re thinking, I just another dick that has a predisposition to crap all over Nintendo because it’s so hip to do so these days. But really I’m not. I am honestly torn here, and my feelings have only been mixed up more after a quick Google search to see exactly what third-party games are currently available on the Switch in the United States. After all, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild looks decent enough, but I don’t go gaga over first-party Nintendo games simply because some lumberjack holds them in the highest regards as he sips his Belgian ale from a local micro brewery while listening to Travis Scott.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

I need vast third-party support in order to justify using the Switch over my trusty PS4, and I’m not yet seeing any signs of life on this front. I’m running down a list of games provided by Eurogamer, and the offering — for my taste — is abysmal. The thought that initially comes to mind is this:

I thought I bought a Switch, not a bloody Wii U.

The only game that jumps out at me is The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim — although not really, since I just bought my third copy of that game for my PS4.

Nintendo Switch on Desk

But maybe the Switch just isn’t for me.

And that’s fine. There are plenty of people who will shell out the cash simply to play Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey and maybe even the ported version of Mario Kart.

And Nintendo knows this — heck, they’re probably banking on it. But that just seems like a foolish business model for a console that does — at the time of this writing — fuck all else besides playing games. Which is fine; I just wish there was an abundance of those games, and at least a few that might speak to the core gamer audience.

Right now, it’s just an overpriced machine that has one solid title and very little on the horizon to justify its existence.

Speaking of horizon, I think I’ll just go back to playing Horizon Zero Dawn while keeping my eye on the scalping prices on eBay.