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    Nintendo Switch (console)

    So, will Nintendo's latest console do better than their last (Wii U) one?

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    I suppose Nintendo find themselves in a tricky position when trying to corner the 'casual gamer' market - they're casual, so as we saw with the Wii, you had a lot of people buying the console but then not buying many games (with the Wii's themselves gathering dust in a corner eventually). Meanwhile, the PS4 and XB1 both go for the hardcore/committed gamer crowd who buy a lot of games and spend plenty of time on their consoles.

    There's some neat ideas in there, but whether it'll actually work in practice (e.g. battery lifetime, what those dinky controllers feel like to actually use) ... not that I'll ever buy one, to be frank. I've just hopped on to XB1 and I've never been all that interested in Nintendo, personally - each to their own - but I started out with Sega, went to PC, then hopped over to Xbox.

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    Indeed.. You have the big boy consoles (Xbox and PS etc), and then Nintento seemingly are trying to find a niche which even tablets and phones are surely cutting into too?

    My kids still play on the Wii from time to time, mainly due to its social gameplay. eg: Mario Karts and Wii Sports Resort etc... And it's interface with things like Netflicks (thanks to the controllers pointer) is brilliant. Just a shame the output isn't HD!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil View Post
    Indeed.. You have the big boy consoles (Xbox and PS etc), and then Nintento seemingly are trying to find a niche which even tablets and phones are surely cutting into too?

    My kids still play on the Wii from time to time, mainly due to its social gameplay. eg: Mario Karts and Wii Sports Resort etc... And it's interface with things like Netflicks (thanks to the controllers pointer) is brilliant. Just a shame the output isn't HD!
    Aye, there's a place for it, but the casual aspect is it's biggest weakness while simultaneously being its whole driving force.

    I was on holiday with a bunch of friends a couple of years back and the flat we were staying in had a Wii, so we ended up playing a fair bit of that (Mario Kart, Wii Sports Resort or something similar, IIRC) in the down time between excursions. A bit of fun - but exceedingly casual - as easy to pick up as it was to put down (and the latter is the trouble with casual gaming). Plus, as you say, the use of tablets/phones for casual games will surely - surely - cut into the Nintendo end of the market. When the Wii came out originally there wasn't as much of that super casual gaming on phones/tablets - now though, there is.

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    Nintendo has their loyal supporters and as long as they keep buying, they'll keep making systems.
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