The Nintendo Switch: Year One in Review
It’s hard to believe that a year ago, we didn’t know if the Nintendo Switch would be a success or not. On March 3, 2017, the Switch was officially released worldwide. So, how did its first year go?
Aside from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo’s first-party lineup looked shaky at first, with Super Mario Odyssey a long way off. However, not only did Breath of the Wild prove to be a huge success, but the Switch also saw solid games in ARMs, Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (yes, Monolith Soft is a first party developer), as well as several successful ports, such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Third-party support was the bigger concern, however, but so far the Switch doesn’t seem like it will repeat the Wii U’s third-party troubles. Companies such as NIS, Bethesda, Koei Tecmo, and Square Enix have supported the Switch already, not to mention the strong indie support Nintendo has found.
Despite some concerns about how the Switch would fare in the market, it proved itself almost immediately, as it became the fastest-selling Nintendo console after its first week. By the end of 2017, not even a full year after launch, the Switch had sold 14.86 million units, surpassing the Wii U’s lifetime sales.
While the Switch might feel like a return to form in some ways, Nintendo is still willing to try strange, unique ideas, and that’s best demonstrated by the announcement of Nintendo Labo, a new platform that will allow you to construct toys and use them together with the console to play games. Initial reactions might have been confused, but Nintendo Labo has become a highly-anticipated part of the Switch’s coming year.
Online Features and My Nintendo
The one downside of the Switch’s first year is that we went an entire year without learning much of anything about the planned online service, a paid subscription service coming in September. There remains a fair amount of skepticism among fans about how this will be handled. Nintendo has also been slow to add My Nintendo rewards for Switch players, although the ability to spend My Nintendo points in the eShop is coming in March.
Overall, the Nintendo Switch’s first year was a resounding success, with high sales, fantastic games, and a bright future ahead! What did you think of the Switch’s first year? Let us know in the comments.