If at all possible, I think that you should save up for a Switch.* If you are a fan of previous Nintendo consoles then the Switch is looking very promising indeed. It's been designed to appeal directly to people who grew up with Nintendo, and the roster of announced games reflects this:
- The first new "proper" Rare 3d platformer since Conker's Bad Fur Day on N64.**
- The first sandbox Mario game since Mario Sunshine on Gamecube.
- The first fully open-world Zelda since, well, Zelda on the NES.
- Bucket-loads of SNES-style JRPGs: I am Setsuna, Octopath Traveller, multiple Dragon Quests, Fire Emblem, Disgaea 5...
- A sequel to one of the best Wii RPGs: Xenoblade Chronicles.
- The best of the Wii-U era including Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon.
There is lots of press right now written by people who haven't been in the industry for very long moaning about the lack of Call of Duty or Titanfall, or complaining about the number of floating point operations the Switch can push every second. They really don't understand the point in this machine, but that's ok because it's not for them. It's for the people who grew up playing NES, SNES, N64 and Gamecube and loved the unique games you could play on those systems. Those people get to revisit those experiences, but now they can share them with their friends, family and children in a way that wasn't possible before. Nintendo's marketing message is this:
"Remember all those awesome RPGs on SNES? Remember the first Mario Kart? Remember staying up all night with your buddies playing Goldeneye? Remember the glory days of 3d platformers on the N64? Remember being told about a secret in Mario and then running home to try and find it for yourself? We are going to give you all those experiences in a new, updated console. And we're going to make it portable so that you can share those experiences with anyone you like, wherever and whenever you like."
That's a pretty powerful message, and I think that there is a good chance that it will appeal to people who grew up playing Nintendo consoles.
I'm not saying that Nintendo is perfect. Their online strategy is antediluvian and I have my concerns about the new subscription model that they are going to implement. I think that the Switch is slightly expensive and I'm disappointed that it doesn't include a pack-in game. However, these are minor complaints in the grand scheme of things. The overall concept behind the console is attractive to me and I'm certainly going to get one. I believe that it represents the distilled greatness of previous Nintendo consoles.
* Or import one from Japan? I'm in the UK and at today's exchange rate a Switch in Japan is a little under £215 rather than £280 in the UK shops.
** Conker's Bad Fur Day deserves recognition as one of the great achievements of our species. We should start a petition to get it admitted to UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.