We are officially at the beginning of July and another E3 has come and gone. Personally, I enjoyed the show and I think that there is a lot to look forward to. However, Nintendo’s presentation captured me the most. With the reveal of Metroid Dread, a new WarioWare, and some long-awaited Breath of The Wild 2 footage, I’m expecting to log even more playtime into my Switch. While the company has the software all lined up, people also expected a switch pro to be revealed.
I was amongst this group of individuals. I was hoping Nintendo would reveal a Switch Pro to put an end to the overabundance of reports stemming from baseless rumors and unconfirmed sources. That being said, I was also gullible to these reports about the rumored hardware showing up on retail listings. It just goes to show that the majority of these leaks and rumors should be taken with a grain of salt. While the absence of a reveal might have been disappointing for some, I think it was a wise move by Nintendo, as I believe it’s not the right time to announce a Switch Pro.
It Might Be Wanted, But It’s Not Needed(For Now)
Does Nintendo really need to release a Switch Pro at this point in time? Putting your wants and desires aside, really ponder this question. The console has surpassed expectations and is on track to outsell the Wii. With console sales showing no signs of slowing down, Nintendo isn’t too pressed to manufacture a more powerful, but more expensive Switch at the minute. There’s no need to put out the fire when it’s still burning hot.
Not The Right Climate
If Nintendo would’ve announced a switch pro during E3, I’m certain a lot of fans would’ve wound up pissed off. Why? Because the majority of people wouldn’t have had the chance to pre-order one. We all know how scalping has affected the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Even Nintendo’s newly unveiled Metroid Dread Special Edition is sold out due to scalpers and their bots.
The company is already facing criticism for this and rightfully so. Just imagine the backlash they would’ve received for revealing an updated Switch, just for it to suffer from price gouging. For all the millions of fans that own a Switch, only a small portion would actually be able to secure an upgrade. With the market in its current state, a switch pro would suffer the same fate as its competitors.
Don’t Count It Out
While the points I’ve listed are reasonable, I wouldn’t get discouraged. it’s important to note that both are temporary. At some point, the switch will peak in sales and consumers will need some new incentive to remain invested. As for the scalping, I have a feeling that change is coming around the corner. For now, I think Nintendo made a wise move focusing solely on software.