Why I’ve Switched My Thinking
Maybe I’ve just gone crazy?
If you were around a few weeks ago you may have watched or read some of my feelings on the new Nintendo console, the Switch. Those of you with keen memories may even recall me blatantly saying that I won’t be picking up the console on launch, as the line-up is far from compelling. Unfortunately, it turns out that despite my best intentions, I’m a filthy, filthy liar.
The Switch has something oddly attractive about it that’s lingered with me since the preview event and the longer I spend away from the Switch, the more I find myself desiring one. The only obvious answers are that either Nintendo spiked my drink, or I do actually want the new hybrid portable and home console. I’ll do my best to explain, but issues of the heart are not always rational.
The launch line-up hasn’t changed, it’s still incredibly dismal. I don’t really see myself playing anything from it other than Breath of the Wild and I could play that on my Wii U for a much smaller fee. The Wii U is a massive part of my switch dichotomy, every time I look at it I see the last time I forked out money for a Nintendo console that I rarely use but I also see something even worse, a shadow of what I could have.
I mentioned in my preview article that the Switch makes the Wii U feel like a prototype device, and I stand by this. On the rare occasion I pick my Wii U up I find myself thinking of the switch and wishing I was holding one instead like some kind of distracted lover. This sort of affair is unjust to not only myself but my also my Wii U, and I don’t want to have to carry on the charade through an epic Zelda title bigger than any other before it.
It’s at this point where I think about price, I’m certainly not made of money and a console purchase that I haven’t saved for is not something I can just afford on a whim. I side eye my Wii U and the Switch’s line up and realise the very reason I had for not purchasing a Switch, is also the reason I no longer need my previous console. The games I play will be on the Switch in time, and I probably wouldn’t be playing them before then anyway. I will be cannibalising my Wii U and its games to help offset the cost of my new lover, and as someone who usually scoffs at the low-value return of such transactions, I’m weirdly ok with it.
Everything that fought against my purchasing a Switch has been turned into a valid reason to invest with just a few touches of fickle reasoning and a dash of self-agreement. Other ‘good’ reasons such as my two-hour daily train commute to work, and being able to review games are just footnotes to use against myself in affirmation of what I already know. I’m getting a Switch because I want one and I have no self-control.