Some features we would like to see in 2018
The end of the year may be a while yet, but the Nintendo Switch team is already looking ahead. Recently, it was announced by a Wall Street Journal reporter that Nintendo’s president, Tatsumi Kimishima, promised new features for 2018.
A presentation as to the specifics is likely to come in January, as goes word on the street. But until then, this is our speculation as to what those new features may be.
An internet browser
This is easily one of the most popular requests out there. An internet browser was something we expected to have closer to launch, but better late than never. It’s a feature that has become something of a basic necessity these days. Even the Nintendo 3DS has one. Internet browser accessibility is just another service the Switch should have, if it wishes to truly be the everyman’s system.
Video streaming services
There are two primary reasons I haven’t sold my Wii U: Super Smash Bros. and Netflix. Other than playing games, the system is great as a pseudo-streaming device. It connects to the TV easily and it is always on-hand. Like the internet browser feature, it feels like the Switch is missing something here. As Nintendo’s latest system, it is a little weird that the Wii U should still have something over it.
Other than that, mobile viewing of shows is pretty cool. But want to know another bonus of watching on the Switch? The ability to take screenshots and video of your favorite TV/movie moments.
As some of the comments on the original Twitter post reveal, some people are hoping for variations as to Joy-Con. Beyond new slips or colors, some hope for actual new controllers. While it might be interesting to have Joy-Con that feature a d-pad or c-stick, we find ourselves more interested in other possibilities.
Like, for instance, a new variation of the DK Jungle Beat bongos. Only joking, of course. Though we would like to see a variation of the right Joy-Con that puts that analog stick in a more comfortable location.
‘Switch lite’ (or new dock)
There were different sizes and variations made for the Nintendo 3DS. Why not the Nintendo Switch too? Though a miniature Switch is hard to visualize (those controllers are small already), it is far from pocket-sized. And with rumors that the Nintendo 3DS line may be discontinued soon, as even Pokemon is leaving the handheld, we may need a new pocket console.
Currently, the Switch is too big to be that. But a Switch lite might be just the thing.
But if a new Switch application is to be imagined, something we find a little more realistic is a new dock for the console. If the Switch is to introduce more wired applications like the GameCube controller plug-in, it’s going to need a sturdier base.
Nintendo Switch VR
This is definitely our weirdest idea. But it might make some sense. As controllers come, the Joy-Con are pretty sensitive. Their motion controls are actually quite precise, as demonstrated by games like 1-2 Switch and Breath of the Wild (in some areas). It isn’t too far of a stretch to imagine them as controllers for some new virtual reality application.
With the recent announcement of GameCube controller compatibility, it isn’t too hard to imagine a similar situation for a VR headset. Something like the OculusRift could plug in via the same USB port. What’s hard to imagine is Nintendo partnering with another company for product compatibility; which would mean it would have to develop its own headset. It is a bit of a stretch, but we do think it would be awesome to be able to play something like Breath of the Wild in a VR format.
All of this is speculation for now, but we wouldn’t put any of these things beyond the capabilities of the Nintendo Switch. Thus far, Nintendo has proven its new system is capable of great things. And with games like Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild, it has the content to back it up.
Look for our review of Super Mario Odyssey soon, and in the meantime, stay tuned for more Switch news at B-Button Media.