Nintendo has been quite in the spotlight over the past few weeks thanks to two major game launches and the new OLED model of the Nintendo Switch. This attention has been positive for Nintendo in general, as the game company has released some very popular products. However, some people have been disappointed with the new hardware, and in the wake of that, Valve stole some of the thunder from Nintendo with a new device that could take part of Nintendo’s gaming market.
Steam Deck vs Switch OLED model
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Steam Deck is more like the legendary “Switch Pro” than what Nintendo is actually doing.
After weeks of excitement for the Switch Pro, the new OLED model of the Nintendo Switch was finally officially announced as a mild update to the Switch lineup rather than the powerful update many had hoped for. Then, as pre-orders for the OLED model were just a couple of hours away from its launch last Thursday, Valve announced a new handheld gaming system, Steam Deck, which in many ways was more in line with the legendary Switch Pro than it was with. what Nintendo itself is creating. .
So how exactly does it outshine the Switch? Valve claims that the Steam Deck can play any game in the Steam library, which is basically millions of games. The system comes in three different versions that get more expensive as they get more powerful. They have a slightly better resolution at 1280×800 and also feature Bluetooth, which the switch doesn’t.
Two of these Steam Deck iterations feature SSDs, which should make them run faster and smoother than the Switch. But perhaps the most fascinating part of this new device is that it runs a Linux operating system with a Proton compatibility layer. In theory, this means that it could run just about any program that could run on Linux, even Xbox Game Pass, making it a very customizable and highly versatile device. It seems to us that Valve is competing to sell the ultimate handheld gaming machine.
Steam Deck pre-orders opened last Friday and sold out very quickly. Still, even though the OLED model isn’t the upgraded Switch version people were hoping for and doesn’t really compare to the Steam Deck in terms of performance, pre-orders sold out in minutes. Given that Valve’s new gaming system has yet to be released, it’s hard to say how it will be received and how well it will perform. However, one thing is for sure. It could be dangerous that the Nintendo Switch is the only direct intensive handheld gaming system competing with the OLED model this year.
Another Zelda comes to Switch
Fortunately, Nintendo has several popular Switch games that will continue to keep it going. Last Friday, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD was released, updating the original heavyweight motion-controlled Wii game for the Switch era. When playing games, people can choose between motion controls or button controls to make Link swing his sword.
This has always been one of the most divisive Zelda games due to certain mechanics and the HD version is still divisive now. The controls in the new version have definitely improved and there have been several quality of life improvements to make the experience more enjoyable. It seems that the game has sold well, although we do not know the numbers yet. Last time I checked, it was listed as the best seller on the Nintendo eShop. Still, opinions are divided on whether the game is really good.
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In addition to the game, a Zelda & Loftwing amiibo and Zelda Skyward Sword HD Joy-Cons were also released on the same day and proved to be insanely popular. Retailers sold out within minutes each time these collectibles were available.
Pokémon unites us
Source: The Pokémon Company
We know that Pokémon Unite, a free MOBA 5v5 game, was in development for over a year, with a regional beta for select Android users earlier this year. However, a firm date for the game’s full release was not known until last week when The Pokémon Company suddenly announced that the game would be coming to Nintendo Switch on July 21 before hitting iOS and Android in September. That makes this the 10th Pokémon game on Nintendo Switch.
You put the words “free” and “Pokémon” next to each other and people are sure to run. The game has been incredibly popular, and while we don’t know how many downloads it has had on Switch, the official Pokémon Unite Twitter account already has 85.1K followers.
This popularity is even more understandable given that Pokémon fans can control a full roster of some fan-favorite Pokémon and play with their friends for free without even needing a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. The general objective of the game is very simple: defeat the opponents and score points. It’s easy to learn, but it also takes some skill to master, making it a fun game for MOBA beginners and veterans alike.
Now the question is, will Pokémon Unite have staying power and become another Pokémon Go? Or will it be like the other Pokémon apps from The Pokémon Company that have received a lot of initial attention before falling into the Pokémon graveyard? (i.e. Pokémon Masters or Pokémon Cafe Mix). Honestly, it’s hard to tell right now. There isn’t much variety on the battlefields, but we do know that some upcoming events will introduce additional Pokémon and possibly more modes to the game. We’ll see how it goes.
That’s it for this week’s Nintendo update. There are a lot of new and exciting things to try on Nintendo Switch this week and if you keep an eye open, you might be able to snag one of the new Switch OLED models if it shows up online. Enjoy your weekend and have fun playing your favorite games.
Until next time.
- Rebecca spear