Nintendo, the platforms I grew up with, it’s always changing and I found myself following that change out of desperation in the past to play something new.
When I decided a couple of years ago to start doing more PC gaming, I realized the major flaw in console gaming was an attempt to get me to buy another system just so I could play that one game I was craving.
I’ve taken the bait many times in the past, but this is probably the first time that I’m not.
Sadly, I feel like Nintendo is the biggest user of this.
The last Nintendo device I acquired was the original 3DS which I wanted upon the release of Pokemon X and Y along with Animal Crossing New Leaf. Years later, now the world is an uproar over the Nintendo Switch.
I’ve heard great things about it, the games look great, it’s one of those hybrid consoles that plays more than just Nintendo games: Hollow Knight, The Witcher, etc. it can either be hooked up to a TV screen or it can be portable, whatever you decide. Despite it releasing several games already that have caught my eye, I have not ever succumbed to buying one.
I guess you could say that’s the result of becoming primarily a PC gamer. The huge convenience to PC gaming is if you have a computer powerful enough, (now now, I’m not saying you need to have something equivalent to one of those supercomputers NASA has!) you can run just about any game you can imagine, and this can last you several years (even more if you take care of your computer) and you won’t have to worry about replacing it until all the new games you want to play can only run on something even more powerful than what you currently have.
On a budget? Well, the good news is that lots of indie PC games can be run on a basic PC without a high-end CPU or video card and most of those games on Steam cost $10 or lower. But I’m getting ahead of myself here, the point is that you don’t have to keep buying a new PC just to keep playing the new games. With console gaming, you have to almost all the time because the older consoles won’t be releasing anything new for them when the newer console comes in.
Also, why should I replace my Nintendo 3DS right now and opt for a Switch? My 3DS still works just fine and plays my games, so does my older DSi before it. The only thing I don’t like about my 3DS is that the battery lasts about 5 hours and then I have to charge it and I don’t even use the 3D feature! But no matter, I spend oodles of time playing New Leaf on it, and I’m going to start a new game on Omega Ruby next week
Not to mention, my 3DS is extremely travel-friendly. It fits right in my purse or pocket so I can go for a walk and StreetPass people; well if anyone out there even still uses that. Sometimes I even take it to work and play during my breaks. Plus its flip-open style allows me to protect the screens.
But Nintendo doesn’t seem to be interested in it anymore, and I’m continuing to play it regardless. I might start adding more games to it, especially since it also has the option to buy digitally as well.
Some of my friends tell me they have their older systems, be it a 3DS or even a Gameboy Colour that still works. Seems like Nintendo products are built to last.
Templars of steel – We came here to win
Never will kneel – We never give in
This is our deal – The future ‘n’ past
Built to Last!
I had to do that. Anyway, I hope I’m not alone. It’s just that I’m not ready to move on from an old system of mine that still works and just fork over my money for a new one, especially now that I play more PC. I know Nintendo has released a smaller version of the Switch, but still I stand by my words.