A while back we shared a chat between a couple of Team NL members who talked about the topic “what is a game developer”? It was a nice little back and forth format where we chatted over a virtual cup of tea – or practically, but with actual cups of tea and coffee … you get the idea. We decided to look at the format for a small hook on the Nintendo Switch OLED model, now that the dust has settled and many will have decided if they will bother to hunt for pre-orders.
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Let’s get right into it.
Gavin: I should preface everything I have to say with that I’m the guy who bought four 3DSs. I am that idiot. I replaced my original Aqua and my subsequent red XL to upgrade, but have since gone back and got them again. I may have a problem. How many 3DSsssss did you two buy?
Kate: Two, technically speaking, but I swapped one in for the new Nintendo 3DS … XL … plus ??? I have technically owned three switches: One was an impulse purchase (from NL Director Ant, four years ago); one was an impulse buy because it came with lots of loyalty points in the supermarket (which I used on a fancy toothbrush), but then I immediately felt guilty and sold it; the third is the one I got for work because the first is Drift Central. I will not be allowed to have a credit card.
Empty: I had the original, which I then exchanged for an XL, and got the ‘ambassador’ little New 3DS that gives me hand cramps, but has Xenoblade cover plates and colored buttons, so the cramps are worth it.
Gavin: Ok, so varying degrees of idiocy … sorry, enthusiasm for Nintendo products, then! First up, after all the rumors and the hype, what were you thinking when the ‘new’ console was finally revealed?
Empty: I was actually expecting an ‘XL’, because anything with new chipsets is not allowed this year for practical reasons, so I was not ‘disappointed’ as a result. I just thought “oh dear, it will not go well”.
Kate: For the most part, I just thought, “oh no, everyone’s going to be so angry.” And I was right at least!
But personally, I do just got a new switch so i’m fine so far. Hopefully the base switches are miiiiight cheaper now?
Gavin: I think the main barrier to price reduction on the ‘base model’ at the moment is that, from a business perspective, there is zero reason for Nintendo to reduce the price – Switch is still selling huge numbers. The hardware itself is fast becoming long in the tooth, but there is still great demand, so I do not see a carpet reduction in the near future. Maybe we’ll see some deeper discounts and bigger deals on the regular version coming Black Friday and Holiday season, though.
I bought the ‘Slightly better battery’ switch with the excuse that my mom could buy the old one from me to play Animal Crossing. Cheap, I’m not a monster.
My first thought was to see that it was “ooo, sexy new dock”, actually.
Empty: Funny that you noticed the pier, as OLED is really about handheld games. As someone who plays laptop 90% of the time, it’s hard not to consider a switch upgrade, but if you’re playing on a TV, it’s pretty much no point. It’s a pretty dock.
Gavin: I play maybe 75% anchored … which makes the OLED switch make even less sense to me! However, as established above, I have a problem. I bought the ‘Slightly better battery’ switch with the excuse that my mom could buy the old one from me to play Animal Crossing. Cheap, I’m not a monster.
Kate: I’m also 90% portable, but as you may have read in my post about burning in … I’m a little too scared of burning in. I know a bunch of people said it’s not a problem, but I do not want to worry about it!
Empty: No Tik-Tok on the switch, you’re fine!
Gavin: I fully understand that anxiety. I’ve had an OLED TV for a few years now, and I’m pretty active when it comes to switching channels and running the built-in pixel switching program. Feels like I have to nurture the technology at times. Worth it, though. I’m still surprised when it shows black and you can not see if the screen is on or not.
What are our feelings about the award?
Kate: I have already forgotten what the price was. $ 50 more? It seems reasonable to me; it is a new model with some minor but much needed updates. I am most relieved to see that the grill on top gets more fins, that was the path in my life.
I have a theory that Nintendo should announce this during E3, as a minor upgrade to help them keep up with Switch demand, and then they saw the hype, and just … fully supported.
Empty: I think the price is fair for what should be a good screen upgrade (though, predictably, it’s ‘surprising’ that Nintendo earns on each device), since it’s slightly larger, higher quality and combined with other small improvements. It will be interesting to see how sales go, especially if Nintendo makes Black Friday offers and game bundle promotions with the original model. Maybe OLED will be the ‘premium’ that ultimately makes fewer numbers because of the extra $ 50. I doubt Nintendo will phase out the original in any way, for example.
Kate: I have a theory that Nintendo should announce this during E3, as a minor upgrade to help them keep up with Switch demand, and then they saw the hype, and just … fully supported. I feel a little bad for them, because there is no way they could have lived up to.
Empty: Yes, it seems very possible. Especially when you see the white Joy-Cons, almost a very conscious Metroid Dread connection that would have gone into the finale in Direct. But internet speculation may have ruined it.
Gavin: It’s a bit much when you see some people blame poor performance in third party games on Nintendo for not delivering the extra juice of a Switch ‘Pro’ that devs seem to ‘trust’!
Kate: I wonder if they are now climbing to make Pro 👀 👀
Empty: Internet chats do not significantly affect my hardware development and strategy. Sales of the system are still large, so the “noise” online is a small percentage of the real world market. There will probably be an upgrade in the next couple of years, because the switch is getting old, but I strongly believe that the online conversation will have little impact on the end product. It’s more about what great partners want, what research says will succeed, etc.
Gavin: Agreed. I do not see Nintendo getting nervous or ruined by the internet’s hopes and dreams, or reports that combined this SKU with what is otherwise going on. Certainly not while large bundles of cash continue to roll in from the current console, anyway.
And that’s really what the Switch OLED is: the current console with a slightly larger screen. My first reaction to watching the Neon Red / Blue Joy-Con version was “Who the hell is going to buy that version? “, Forget that there are still many people who do not own a Switch, people who can easily get one over the next couple of years. No I know, but millions of people.
Kate: I was thinking, “who in the world would buy a Fortnite console?” and the answer is me, for work. There are always some.
Empty: These Joy-Con colors are fine, mind!
Kate: I’m not won by the white, personally … on a console it’s okay; on a HANDHOLD it will be greasy. I know people in the comments are always very upset that I suggest they are all dirty creatures, but humans are greasy! It’s just natural! Of course you can take good care of it, or wear gloves, but who knows what will happen. It can turn yellow in the sun (it probably won’t).
Empty: At least the console is still black, and when Joy-Con sticks wrapping after eight months, we will buy different colored …
Gavin: Ha, sad as it is, getting well Joy-Cons is one of the big attractions for me. I gave my mom the slightly better battery switches with my old console (see, told you I’m not a monster!) For me, I quite like how the white dock will sit nicely next to my TV and mingle with the living room a little better. I’m paranoid that my toys spill out of the office and take over the entire apartment. I saw a picture with the white PS5 and Xbox … * thinking * Series S! They made a nice trio. I do not own any of these consoles yet, but I like the idea.
Kate: I wonder if people who do custom paint jobs are happy to have a white switch, which probably makes a much better canvas …
Empty: Strangely, it was the only thing that almost put me outside, since all the other boxes and appliances in my living room are black. Then I realized that the quay would look nice and stand out, like a rebellious return that struck us with exciting new things like an Ethernet input.
Kate: It looks like a stormtrooper. It is the opposite of rebellious!
Empty: Oh no, now you expose me to it again!
Gavin: A moment while watching the unveiling trailer, I thought the Switch logo on the front lights up!
Empty: Pro function confirmed!
Gavin: Ok, the billion questions: Do you want one, and why?
Kate: No. If I still had my Original Launch Switch ™, I would consider the minor upgrade; as it is, I am good. I might get Joy-Cons if they sell them separately, because my operation on the Old Switch is so bad that I can not play games at all. I tried to fix it, but it only changed the direction of operation
Empty: Oof, that’s not good. I want to be, but it only makes sense to do it with an exchange to take the edge off the price. As I said before, I play almost exclusively on handheld, in fact, my dock was only used for the first time in ages when I took anchored screenshots for a review. So with that in mind, I have some favorite games I want to play on a better / bigger screen, plus Metroid Dread of course!
Gavin: Oooh, fear … Well, after stating my idiocy, of course I get one. For me, as a package that comes with new Joy-Cons, a sexy new monitor and another dock (which I have wanted for my office for many years now), it offers just enough. Knowing that Nintendo knows what it’s doing by injecting this marginally premium version into the market, and I’m sure I do not want to be the only father watching the new SKU and using the kids as an excuse to squirt out, October is coming . They can have the old one, I’m upgrading!
My kids are a little small, and I have a few 3DSs knocking around, but you know. Any apology.
These are some of our thoughts on OLED, but where do you stand? Are you thinking of getting one? Do you think it will sell well? Does it look like a stormtrooper? Let us know in the comments.