- Low price
If the Switch can’t compete with the Xbox One and Playstation 4 in terms of power, it will need to compete with its pricing. One of the reasons the original Wii was so successful was because it only cost $250 at launch. That was significantly less than the competition, and it lined up with the expectations of its more casual target market. If gaming isn’t a primary pastime for your customers, they’re not going to spend a bundle on a gaming console.
For the Switch to succeed, it will need to appeal to gamers of all kinds, from hardcore gamers to casuals alike. A low price will go a long way toward that goal.
- Online features
The Wii U offers a much better online experience than the Wii did, but Nintendo still has a long way to go if it wants to catch up to Sony and Microsoft. The Switch is going to need a strong online component if it wants to succeed in 2017 and beyond.
Nintendo has taken some steps in this direction already by introducing a unified Nintendo account and a reward system. But the list of missing features is long and includes things like a unified friends list, achievements, voice chat, and the ability to share screenshots, videos, and live streams. If Nintendo can make strides in any or all of those categories, it will help make the Switch considerably more appealing.
- Virtual Console
One of the things Nintendo has always been good at is celebrating its past by keeping its classic games available on its Virtual Console marketplace. There’s little doubt that the Switch will have a Virtual Console, but it would be fantastic if we could carry forward any Virtual Console games we bought on Wii U and 3DS.
This is unlikely because Nintendo can always count on its biggest fans to keep buying their favorite classics on each new piece of hardware. But we can dream, can’t we?