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Nintendo is proving that Switch excitement is about more than low expectations

Nintendo is proving that Switch excitement is about more than low expectations

When a pre-recorded Nintendo Direct presentation dropped out of nowhere on the company’s website yesterday, it immediately became one of the top trending stories of the day. Despite the fact that it only featured a single exclusive game announcement, the presentation still felt like the awakening of a dormant volcano.

Nintendo fans (and game fans in general) are as excited about the Switch as they have been about anything in ages. At first, it would have been easy to attribute this to the low expectations set by the Wii U. It really looked like Nintendo might be losing whatever edge it had. So when the Switch — which looked like a potential disaster in the making — launched relatively smoothly with an exciting lineup of games, the community was taken aback.