In the early days of this site a term was often used: Wii60/Wii360. That signified the perception, that Wii and Xbox360 complemented each other very well and also, that the communities of both platforms got along very well.
I think it is time to revisit that combination, so I present the incredible SwitchBox and the magnificient SwitchPass! (If anyone has better names, please post it.) EDIT: Alternatives suggested so far: The NSbox, series NS, and NX.
And I think the combination of Switch/Xbox or Switch/Gamepass is an even better one, than it was back between Wii and Xbox360 back in the day. Let me explain.
The Xbox might be the best place now and in future for western games. We all know it will get all major 3rd-party multiplatform games, and with the acquisition of studios like Obsidian, inXile, DoubleFine and most recently Bethesda, they will also be the place to play a lot of great games exclusively. Add to that the undoubtely most powerful console on the market, so that even for multiplats it is the best place in the console space. If you prefer PC you are still covered by MS and stay part of that community. And to seal the deal, with Gamepass you can get many of these western top games pretty comfortable, on both Xbox and PC.
The Switch on the other hand is the platform with the greatest amount of japanese franchises in console history. Every major japanese franchise is here, recently underlined with announcements of Monster Hunter Rise and Disgaea 6. With the combination of handheld and home console the market isn't split anymore between the two console lines. And Nintendo's first party output has been the greatest in a long time for many franchises, if we look at Zelda, Mario, Smash or Animal Crossing for example. It also get ports of many of the greatest games of former generations. So Switch is THE ideal place for japanese *and* Nintendo games.
Combine the two, and you get the best of two worlds, a great place for gamers. You can combine Xbox or Gamepass (or both) with Switch and probably will have a great time.
It also looks rosy for both communities. There is no need for feuds, both communities can enjoy and celebrate the games of the other one.
And the best part: it seems both companies Microsoft and Nintendo see it the same way. Do you remember that Minecraft Cross Play trailer two years ago. It seemed mindblowing at the time, seeing an Xbox- and a Switch-gamer in the same trailer. But since then we have seen a lot of cooperation between two companies, with Minecraft in Smash Bros as the most recent example. So it seems the companies feel pretty good about bringing both game communities together. So why should we feel different?
Here is the trailer as a reminder:
As the mods recently pledged to make this site more welcoming to Xbox-fans, I think I can speak for the Nintendo-fans of this site, if I also welcome the Xbox-community. Let's join together and enjoy games!
Note: This thread is for celebrating the combination of Xbox/Gamepass and Switch as a great gaming and community opportunity. It is not a place to shit on anyone else. There is no need to bring Playstation/Sony into this.Last edited by Mnementh - on 15 October 2020