The Nintendo Switch dock. One of the most interesting console accessories ever, as it is necessary for the Switch to connect to a television or monitor. However, one thing has confused me since the inception of the Nintendo Switch, and that is the lack of variety when it comes to the Switch dock itself.
This week, Nintendo and the Pokemon Company revealed a stunning new special edition Switch OLED for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, and it only reminded me that Nintendo does not reveal these beautiful options enough. Quite the contrary, outside of the 12 special edition Switch dock options, we haven’t received anything outside of the black original dock and the white OLED dock.
Nintendo, we need more Switch dock options, please, and I have the reasoning here. Let’s talk about this.
Special Edition Splatoon 3 Switch OLED
The Nintendo Switch released in Japan and many English-speaking countries on March 3rd, 2017, making the console over 5-years-old as of right now. In console theory, this is the midway point in its relevant lifespan, and the Switch is as hot as ever right now despite the release of newer and more powerful Playstations and Xboxes.
Prior to the Nintendo Switch, though, Nintendo was printing money with the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS, two systems that dominated the video game world when it came to portability.
One thing that made the Nintendo DS and 3DS so attractive was the wide variety of color schemes, special editions, different versions, and so much more. The Nintendo DS had the original, the DS Lite, the DSi, and the DSi XL, and the Nintendo 3DS had its original model, the 2DS, the 3DS XL, the New 3DS, the New 3DS XL, and the New 2DS XL. Both portable consoles had many options, and the sheer amount of different colors for each model allowed for the two handhelds to accessorize with the individual who purchased them.
When it comes to portable consoles, which the Nintendo Switch absolutely is one, variety is a blessing to the consumer. Nintendo knew this with their previous handheld systems, and looking at the massive amount of options for the DS and 3DS is insane. The Nintendo 3DS alone had 30 different options in regards to color variations and special editions that fans could purchase. However, it was the brilliant idea of the New Nintendo 3DS that brought us customizable faceplates, allowing us to take our preferred New 3DS color and fit it with faceplates of colors, characters, game themes, and so much more.
Compare that to the Nintendo Switch currently, and the hybrid console is seriously lacking. Sure, the original Switch and the OLED have a decent amount of special edition consoles, but in regards to the standard Switch dock, we only have the black for the original and the white for the OLED. I mean, c’mon, just look at the Mario Red & Blue Special Edition and tell me you wouldn’t like more solid color options?
This makes me wonder, why hasn’t Nintendo given us more color options? Now that we are officially moved on to the Switch OLED, why not start selling different colored Switch OLED docks? Could you imagine seeing the variety at the store? White, Black, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink, etc? That would be incredible! I know fans long for special editions of their favorite games (Honestly, Nintendo, where was my Metroid Dread themed console?!), but solid colors are also very attractive and more variety only means more sales for Nintendo.
However, the pitch I want to make the most is for Nintendo to give the Switch dock the option to receive faceplates. I understand that neither the original dock or the OLED dock are designed for this, but I think this would be the most practical and attractive approach. The New Nintendo 3DS had something special with the faceplate option, because it just gave us the ability to change the look of our New 3DS whenever we wanted to. It ultimately saved players money.
Unfortunately, though, the New Nintendo 3DS was a flop, because it released towards the end of the handheld’s life and did not have a whole lot going for it in regards to exclusive gaming. This reason alone saw low sales in both the handheld and the faceplates, which makes me believe that Nintendo thinks that was a failed approach. But I think quite the contrary. Faceplates are an excellent option! If we aren’t going to get a plethora of color schemes and special edition Switches, then why not give the consumer the ability to buy a customizable dock and then purchase from a lineup of faceplates to adorn your new Switch dock?
I know the faceplate option is a stretch, and we probably will never see it again, especially as the Nintendo Switch is approaching the final years of its relevancy. Despite that, I still think if Nintendo sold different colored docks, they would fly off the shelf. Nintendo fans love to own bizarre-colored consoles, and if you don’t believe me, then why was the orange GameCube the most sought after variant of that console? It was only available in Japan, and it became the most coveted console of the time, including the most imported console of that generation (And still a heavily imported console to this day).
I honestly don’t care how Nintendo does it, but we do desperately need some more options when it comes to the Switch dock. I personally vote for more colors, as that seems to be the simplest and most possible option, but I also think a special dock with removable faceplates would be the best.
Sure, we will most definitely be getting some more special edition Switch consoles with themed docks here and there, as the Splatoon 3 one is now here and the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is coming in November.
As we approach the holiday season, though, imagine what the sales for the Nintendo Switch would look like against the competition if Nintendo threw out various color schemes to mix the game up. I’m sure consumers would go crazy, and homes across the world would be decorated with unique Switches, which will catch the attention of visitors and encourage them to get their own.
C’mon, Nintendo. We need more Switch dock options, and I have given you more than enough reasons as to why. It’s more options for us, more money for you, and more fun for everyone! Make it so!
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