Welcooooooome to Nintendo Voice Chat, Episode 375! As of early September, Nintendo Switch has been on the market for half a year. We use that occasion to do a check-in on the system and rate the overall games library, the console’s core services, and discuss its performance and future prospects.
Join Jonathon Dornbush, Zach Ryan, Tom Marks (first time on NVC), and Peer Schneider, for our deep-dive into the state of Switch so far, impressions of the SNES Classic, plus a chat about another indie game that surprised us: Golf Story. Yeah, we get it — you’re trying to ignore any game that has “Golf” or “Card” in the title, but trust us that there’s more to this game than meets the eye.
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Discussion topics and times:
04:38 A total of 18 new games got released on Switch this week. There’s no way we could get to all of them, but we spend a few minutes on:
06:24 FIFA 18
12:00 Picross S — out of nowhere!
14:35 And, of course, Golf Story. An RPG somehow involving golf and geese.
23:00 Super NES Classic is also out. Not a bad week for Nintendo. Jonathon reviewed it for IGN and shares his thoughts.
38:08 The half-year check-in with Switch. How’s it doing? How do we feel about the lineup.
41:06 Rating the gaming lineup: first-party, third-parties, indies
61:12 Nintendo Switch services and tools
66:26:00 Question Block: your questions answered. This time, from our twitter.com/nvcpodcast followers.
Bonus VLOG: Brian shows off his favorite Nintendo toys from his desk.
How would you rate Nintendo Switch so far?
To prep for our discussion, we pulled data on the current lineup of titles available for Nintendo Switch and broke it down by genre. Here’s what that looks like:
- Action: 23
- Arcade: 23
- Puzzle: 16
- Platformer: 11
- Action Adventure: 10
- Adventure: 6
- Party: 6
- Sports: 5
- Fighting: 4
- Rhythm/Dance: 4
- SHMUP: 4
- Strategy: 4
- Racing: 3
- RPG: 3
- Sandbox: 2
- Simulation: 2
- Board Game: 1
- Shooter: 1 (yes, Splatoon 2)
- First-Person Shooter: 0
That’s 128 titles so far. We’re very happy with the system — and many of us carry a Switch wherever we go. But playing armchair critic, how would you rate 1) game lineup (first-party, third-party, indies), and 2) services and tools so far? Do you think Nintendo Switch did better than the competition in its first six months?
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