Questions Left Unanswered After Switch Presentation

For video game fans 2017 is giving us a ton to be excited about. No matter what platform you do your gaming on there is something in the works for you. It’s crazy to think about how much has already been shown this year, and we still have E3 to look forward to! Nintendo has finally thrown their hat in the ring with the upcoming Switch, and is once again trying to change the way we view and play our games. During Nintendo’s Switch presentation many of our questions regarding their hybrid console were answered, such as the release date, the launch lineup, and battery life for the system when not docked. Unfortunately there still so many questions that were left unanswered. 

During the press conference Nintendo was very careful on how they worded each announcement, like when explaining the Switch’s online component. Party chat in my opinion is extremely important to the success and growth of gaming on Nintendo platforms, but I’m not so sure it the system will support true party chat.
Yes, it was said we would be able to communicate with friends in lobby’s and during games, but does this mean we can only chat with people if we are playing in the same game or matches? On top of this will the players be forced to use the mobile app for chat even sitting in their own home? I’m all for the app for use while traveling, but as the primary source for communication?

Another element that has everyone confused is the online subscription service. How much are we talking, and what exactly are we getting for paying  for it? From what we know subscribers will be granted two virtual console games to play per month, but only for that month? This is how I understand the announcement, so maybe I’m wrong? It just seems that with no party chat, no achievement system, and no video streaming services (at launch), what exactly are we paying for? Again, there is still tons of time for Nintendo to come out and clear up the confusion, and elaborate further on some things. So here’s hoping that they do.

With that being said, 2017 is still set to be an extremely positive year for Nintendo, with a new Zelda and Mario game, not to mention the 70+ games scheduled to be released at some point this year, I think they’ll be just fine. We still have E3, and I’m sure we’re do for a Nintendo Direct or 2 before then. With all the games coming out this year, along with all of the superhero movies were expecting, 2017 is about to be crazy awesome. While there are those questions lingering around the Nintendo Switch, I still can’t wait to get my hands on the thing and enjoy what could possibly be the start of another gaming renaissance, as Nintendo continues to push the boundaries of what we expect from our games.