I pretty much feel like they're Wii U-ing it again, right out of the gate. We've known from the moment the hybrid leaks started that it was going to be the worst of both worlds: too big and bulky and with battery life too poor to be a good handheld, too underpowered to compete with the other home consoles, but they could still have made it work if the price was right. But the price is WRONG. THE PRICE IS WRAAWNG.
$199 would have been impulse buy, gotta-have-it territory. $250 would have been alright. $300, with paid online, and you need to buy an SD card because it only comes with 32GB, is just beyond the pale. And $470 in my neck of the woods means it's just dead in the water (seriously, XB1 and PS4 Slims drop to the low $300s every other month. This thing is up in PS4 Pro territory; it just will not sell here).
And what makes it worse is that seems like it's stuff like those fake ice cubes that are driving the price up. Was anyone asking for ultra-high-fidelity rumble in the laughably tiny mini-controllers you're never actually going to play with after the first week? Why does this thing need Wiimotes at all? I don't want to buy more Wiimotes. I don't ever need to play a Wiimote game ever again. Yet, for some reason, you have to pay for two new Wiimotes with every Switch. They did this same thing with the Wii U: used custom-made, expensive parts to put together a system that was still much weaker than the competition and couldn't ever be manufactured cheaply. They just don't learn.
And, I mean, even then, they could have wowed us with a great launch lineup, but they dropped that ball super hard too! Zelda and a $50 waggle collection. What have Nintendo's developers been doing these past couple of years? They certainly haven't been making Wii U games, but apparently they haven't even been making Switch games either. Like, what is going on? Who runs this company?
Well, anyway, the Nintendo Treehouse stream is going to go live in a little while. I don't know what they're going to show, but I can't even pretend to get my hopes up any more. I think Nintendo broke me today.