The Nintendo Switch is the best console on the market right now and it isn’t even close.
I don’t know how many times I’ve had to keep telling people this; it seriously feels like my mantra at this point.
Ever since the Switch launched back in March, Nintendo has continued to launch success after success. From Breath of the Wild to Super Mario Odyssey, and everything in between, I can’t get enough of the games that they keep pumping out each month.
The Switch has already sold over 7 million copies and we haven’t even hit Black Friday yet. I have to think that number will easily hit the 10 million mark by Christmas time and I honestly think I might be understating the potential sales from now to then.
Super Mario Odyssey is just another shining example that we don’t need a powerful console to have fun, we just need a great gaming experience. That’s what Nintendo has done right… understanding us, the gamers.
Too many times we get burned by these big AAA titles with state of the art graphics, that promise these huge worlds, deep stories, and amazing action. When was the last time you felt like any of these “big” games REALLY lived up to the expectations we all had for them. Honestly I’d rather play Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle or Arms than Mass Effect: Andromeda or Ghost Recon Wildlands.
Maybe it’s on us as a gaming community. Maybe we build these games up to be more than they actually are and when they don’t live up to the expectations we’ve created in our heads, we’re let down.
It’s funny though, somehow Nintendo has found a way to create two games in the past 7 months, Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, that will be vying for Game of the Year. How many games from the big, strong, powerful consoles can we seriously consider to be the best game in 2018? Horizon: Zero Dawn? Maybe, but personally I didn’t have as much fun with it as I have with Zelda or Mario. I’m having a lot of fun with Assassin’s Creed: Origins right now, but is it GOTY material?
Mario’s triumphant return with Odyssey has that N64 feel, with a lot of 2017 twists, and sold 2 millions copies in the first three days. What other game has done that this year? According to Fortune and Yahoo Finance, Super Mario Odyssey is selling 463 copies per minute, that’s absolutely insane.
Both Mario and Zelda are #10 and #13 respectively on Metacritics ALL-TIME list! Technically Zelda is on there twice with the Wii U version at #23, but we won’t count that.
The nest closest release from 2017 on the All-Time list is the PC version of Divinity: Original Sin II at #123.
Combine the Switch’s continued success with the releases of the mini retro consoles, the NES and SNES Classics, and 2017 has been a banner year for Nintendo.
Now I just have to wait for Skyrim to drop on the Switch so I can start yet another character with my Elder Scrolls on the go.