When it comes to video games, single player and multiplayer are truly the only ways you can go. It wasn’t always that way, as the single player experience was once the only way to go, but with evolving technologies came the ability to let more and more people play together. First came 2-player games like Super Mario Bros, and Mario Kart. Then came 4-player experiences like Goldeneye, Smash Bros, and more. Then came online shooters like Halo, which truly changed the game. For the Nintendo Switch, some believe that there are too many big multiplayer titles.
This comes from Reddit user TomCrew10, who notes:
“Is anyone else really starting to feel the burn of online multiplayer games Mario kart deluxe Street fighter 2 and Arms are primarily multiplayer and that’s good but I am itching for a story rich game.”
The Nintendo Switch does have a lot of multiplayer games. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Ultra Street Fighter 2, ARMS, and in two weeks Splatoon 2, which are, of course, mutliplayer focused. Whether intentional or not, the Switch does have a lot of multiplayer titles.
Now, on the flip side, that’s not to say that it doesn’t have single player titles too. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the biggest one of course. Plus, there’s games like Shovel Knight, Disgaea 5: Complete Edition, Blaster Master 0, and more. Additionally, games like Fire Emblem Warriors, Super Mario Odyssey, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 are coming.
Was this an intentional move by Nintendo? Maybe. After all, the Nintendo Switch is built to be both a good online and local multiplayer machine. Maybe they arranged the releases this way so that once a lot of people got the console, there would be plenty of games to play with each other. That’s not a bad strategy come to think of it.