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If you thought last year was ‘sad’ for the Switch, 2023 might be tough to deal with

If you thought last year was ‘sad’ for the Switch, 2023 might be tough to deal with

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I won’t even mention this below, but it was another great game for 2022 — Image: Gemma Smith / Nintendo Life

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As a Nintendo-focused site, we’re naturally going to be more positive about Nintendo than, you know, something else websites. We work with Nintendo enthusiasts and as fans with a long history of covering and enjoying the company’s output, Nintendo games and hardware will resonate with us. That doesn’t stop us from being frustrated or downright angry at times when it comes to some of the platformer’s more confusing decisions – often the missteps wind us up even more! — but just as you’d expect PlayStation and Xbox sites to be excited about Sony and Microsoft’s #content, we’re loving some Switch games here. Crazy huh?

And there were so many of them in the last year! We managed to browse over 300 of them in 2022, and there are still plenty of great looking ones we had to pass up, unfortunately. To me, it felt like a full year of wall-to-wall strapping, so I was a little confused when I saw titles like “Without Pokémon, 2022 would have been a sad year for the Switch‘ and ‘The failures of 2022: The Nintendo Switch has really shown its age‘ when year-end recaps began appearing on the Game Network in December.

That’s not to say that the premise of articles like the ones above isn’t understandable, and many other commenters share similar sentiments. sure, Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Scarlet and Violet were the big hitters, and yes, hardware is getting long in the tooth — we’re nearing the end of sixth after all, a whole year on store shelves. However, as much as it’s the most obvious thing in the world to see Nintendo Life “defending the honor” of a Nintendo console, these arguments seem odd to me given the brilliant games we’ve all enjoyed in 2022.

Let’s take Pokémon out of the equation for a moment. This leaves a first-party list that includes Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Splatoon 3, Nintendo Switch Sportsand Mario Strikers: Battle League. Nintendo also posted Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, Bayonet 3and Square Enix-developed Triangular strategy and Live live. Say what you like about the individual games in this lineup — and throw out the latest ones that weren’t developed in-house if you like — but this is an eclectic set of software packed to the brim with quality. And that’s completely ignoring all the third-party published games, of which there were many. At the time of writing, Scarlet and Violet wasn’t even in the top 50 of our readership chart The best Switch games of 2022 list.

If you thought last year was ‘sad’ for the Switch, 2023 might be tough to deal with
Indie, so much indie – Image: Gemma Smith / Nintendo Life

No, 2022 didn’t bring a brand new Mario or Zelda, but s The tears of the kingdom needing a little more time in the oven, it was Pokémon’s turn to support Nintendo’s release schedule with the year’s staples. Saying the year was a disappointment if you didn’t like Pokémon is like saying the PS5 would have suffered if it weren’t for Sony’s big exclusives. ‘Without Horizon And God of War, 2022 would have been a sad year for the PS5.’ Um, yes? Is it time for another one? The last of us reissue yet? And did Microsoft release something in 2022!? “Without Game Pass, 2022 would have been Boo Boo for Xbox.”

Maybe that’s just me. With toddlers gobbling up my free time like two cute, insanely expensive super mushrooms, I’m not gaming 24/7 like I used to be, and the Switch fits my lifestyle to the limit. 200 hours per Elder Ringthe most obvious jewel in 2022’s crown that was denied to Switch gamers is simply not an option right now.

I also fully understand that for anyone who has already bought and played elsewhere, the excellent ports the Switch got – that Persona 5s (at last!), the NieR: Automatas, the No man’s skys, and the like – the branes were a bit thinner. But I’d still say that the wide variety of games that came to Switch in 2022, both old and new, exclusive and otherwise, was sensational. There was just a huge variety of titles to enjoy. There’s nothing wrong with playing only your preferred genre or buying a system just to play a specific series such as Call of Duty or FIFA (in which case the Switch is definitely not the console for you!) but I struggle to understand how anyone who loves video games can call last year a disappointment for the system. Even if we destroy the pokemon for the sake of argument.

As for the Switch showing its age, it’s been a problem since 2017. Almost since the beginning, we’ve seen calls for updated hardware with a bit more power to better run bigger games. Yes, it would be great to see more titles hit the framerate and resolution more regularly, and new hardware is certainly on the horizon in the next year or so, but as the platform evolves, developers get correspondingly better at extracting the most -the best of and that was certainly in evidence in 2022. We see calls from developers for Microsoft to stop limiting more powerful consoles by making support for the lower-spec Xbox Series S mandatory, so it’s odd to single out the Switch when its limitations are so well documented and the 30fps limits have started to are popping up for big name games on PS5 and Xbox (looking at them, Gotham Knights). And so many Switch games — against the odds, as always — performed admirably!

Switch the OLED
Image: Damien McFerran / Nintendo Life

I’m sorry if this comes off as “nonsensical”, but I’m genuinely confused to see gamers and YouTubers calling 2022 a crapshoot for Switch owners. Think “Only three Marvel movies out, what a terrible year for cinema” as a headline. The same energy! Each month brought a new wave of must-have games for me. I’m not going to make comparisons to The Lean Wii U Years™ or the convenience of handheld play or the pricing of first-party titles versus the competition, because none of that is really relevant. In terms of quality games launching in 2022, pound for pound, I’d say the Switch easily held its own against the PS5 and Xbox.

As Nintendo has likely shifted internal resources and attention to its next console and prioritized a first-party software release schedule to replicate the once-a-month cadence that stood the Switch in such good position in its launch year, 2023 is likely .a similar “quiet” year, with Zelda: TOTK doing the heavy lifting for the current system. I’ll be eagerly anticipating new hardware reveals along with every other Nintendo fan, but we shouldn’t let the lack of hot ‘Switch Pro’ or ‘Switch 2’ announcements or the delay of a highly anticipated game overshadow what has been a truly excellent year .

So will we see similar “No Zelda…” titles in December? Probably. Here’s hoping 2023 turns out to be as disappointing for the Switch as 2022 was.


What do you think? Was 2022 a sad year saved only by Pokémon? Tell Gavin if he should give up the crazy pills by voting in the poll below and leave a comment if you like it.

And don’t forget to have a Happy New Year!




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