23 Jul 2021 10:42 AM +00:00

Rumours Of The Switch OLED's Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Gaming is all about absolutes, isn't it? There can be only one winner between PlayStation and Xbox, between Warzone and Fortnite, and now, apparently, between the Switch OLED and the Steam Deck.

Many have wondered if Nintendo is cautiously looking over its shoulder at Valve's new portable PC console, but I think you're missing the point.

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Rumours Of The Switch OLED's Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

While Sony and Microsoft were fighting their own console war last generation, Nintendo's console, right up until 2017 was the Wii-U.

Sure, the 3DS was dominating the handheld market, but Nintendo's first HD console was, well, it was the Wii-U. Its failures are well documented, of course, but one thing the Wii-U had in abundance was first-party bangers.

If you don't believe me, then look at how many of them made the jump to the Switch. Mario Kart 8, Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze, Pokken Tournament, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and plenty more.

In many ways, the Wii-U was proof that even with minimal third-party support, Nintendo could just about limp along - and with huge third-party releases coming to the Switch since, everything is rosy.

As impressive as Valve's Steam Deck is, any given member of the public is unlikely to pick one up over a Switch OLED, or even the basic Switch. Why? You, the discerning Gfinity reader will know you can't play Smash Bros on the Steam Deck, or Mario Kart, or Breath of the Wild, but a high percentage of people will want to know.

Would it have been nice for the Switch OLED to have some upgraded internals? Sure, of course it would've. But if it can play Pokemon Sword or Shield, or Animal Crossing: New Horizons, then it's going to be just fine.