So I took a bit of an unexpected mini vacation. I’ve been working on a couple of other projects and trying to put together a real future for myself. This piece is a follow-up to my article last week where I discussed my hopes for Nintendo’s Switch presentation. Needless to say, I was satisfied. In fact I think most people were expect for one piece of news:
PAID ONLINE SERVICE
I get it; we’re talking about the same industry that’s constantly trying to squeeze cents out of it’s consumers constantly with sneaky DLC, Game of the Year Edition, and pre-order tactics. But today we’re not talking about the industry, we’re talking about Nintendo.
It doesn’t take the most keen observer to realize that Nintendo has been slipping the past few years. After dominating the market with the Wii and 3DS, the Wii U cost the company millions. Then with the absolutely unfortunate and saddening death of President Satoru Iwata, it seemed like Nintendo was scrambling and making bizarre decisions. The NES Classic was supposed to be a quick cash-in for the company while also feeding into the Nostalgia hungry adults.
But rather than help Nintendo make money, the Classic helped scalpers make hundreds due to the incredibly low stock. They’ve gotten negative attention for basically abandoning the Wii U in it’s last year, ditching beloved franchises and implementing mechanics that have time and time again proven to be undesired overall. The Switch seems like a golden ray of light on a dark stormy day. People want this thing badly; pre-orders are sold out everywhere.
Nintendo isn’t the type of company to focus on mainstream wants. They like to make their consoles unique and they’ve seen to have done it again. The announcement of online however; a step closer to their competitors, has been greatly disliked.
As someone who has spent hours with the online services on 3DS and Wii U, I can safely say Nintendo needed to step it up. Revenue from providing online will guarantee better services, adapting to paying consumers desires and an overall more user-friendly interface. Gone are the days of friend codes and other obscure methods of connecting with friends online. Perhaps Nintendo is getting with the times and will allow for better profiles, more customization Miis and maybe even an Achievement/Trophy equivalent.
Personally I believe the Switch is a make or break situation for Nintendo. It’s either they succeed or they pack up their bags and we start playing Super Mario World on PS4; a la Sega. I hope that never happens in my lifetime and while I’d rather not pay (I might even not honestly!) monthly or yearly for the basic ability of online, I firmly believe it will help the company connect with the main gaming crowd while fixing their financial state.
So what do you guys think? Will you pay for the service or not? Let me know down below! Thanks for reading.