The release of the Nintendo Switch is at hand’s reach now but game industry professionals have been playing with the good stuff for several weeks. Polygon took the time to reach some of them and gathered their impressions on several features of the console. Here are some highlights
First, Polygon asked about the first impression. You know, when the concept was announced back in October. Right away, most of them were sold on the idea of the hybrid gameplay, the Joy-Cons and the multiplayer possibilities:
When Nintendo gave us a presentation on the Joy-Con that attached to the side, showing that you can remove and play on small controllers like with the NES and SNES, I remember thinking, “Oh! If it looks like this, we can create an environment where players can casually enjoy fighting games [anywhere].” – Yoshinori Ono (Street Fighter series producer)
Then, Polygon focused on the motion controls. Nintendo first introduced this technology with the Wii, and that was one of the main reasons of its success. The company clearly wants to reiterate this with the two motion control ready Joy-Cons, and they showed it with 1-2-Switch and Arms. But what did the pros think of it? While Douglas Wilson clearly sees a limited potential in 1-2-Switch, he makes an interesting analysis of the concept of face-to-face gameplay. But for him, Nintendo’s real goal is the play on the go.
“Clearly, I like the idea and it’s really interesting to see Nintendo doing it.” – Douglas Wilson (Co-owner, Die Gute Fabrik)
Interestingly, a lot of them have the feeling that the system isn’t complete. Not that it lacks technology, but that Nintendo didn’t polish its product before launch. The lack of third-party apps (ex. Netflix), the Virtual Console missing launch day, the Online Service still not detailed… for some, that’s a lot of uncertainty.
Polygon then asked for feedbacks on the target audience, third-party support and, lastly, the views on Nintendo’s strategy regarding the console launch. All these pieces of the interview are really interesting and we don’t want to spoil it. So go on and go read it!