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October 19, 2018 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Lacking a pack-in game at launch, Nintendo's Switch is including download codes, currently for Fortnite

Nintendo's Switch is starting to include Fortnite as a downlaod
As far as I'm concerned, inclusion of a pack-in game with a console is a basic human right! Physical copes - not DL codes!
I was outraged at the lack of a pack-in game when I bought my Nintendo Switch. No game console should be sold without the ability to play a game right away. Initially, I wasn't a huge fan of Combat for the Atari 2600, but I've had pack-in games since my first console at age 12! What's the deal today? Are companies so profit-conscious that they force an extra $60 expenditure before their game system can be enjoyed?

To be honest, I don't consider a download code to be the same as a pack-in game. I want the game to be included, complete-in-box. I avoided the Wii U with a DL fr Splatoon 2 because I wanted the game, not a code. Downloaded games take up a lot of storage space and I like to have a physical copy. Many gamers feel this way, yet we're getting stuck with lame codes that erode large swaths of hard drive space.

A Kid who buys a new game console should have a game to play
out-of-the-box!
I know times are different, but conceptually, I think it sucks to sell a console that can't play right away. Forcing the sale of a game to even begin to use the console is a stingy move and goes against all precedents. I thought 1-2-Switch would be a great game to include with the Switch to demonstrate many of the joy con's abilities. Charging $50 for this game is a joke. I'd pay $20 for a new copy.

I realize I'm being petty, but I think of it from a kid's perspective. A kid gets so stoked over a new system from buying it, going home with it, and setting it up. Imagine the disappointment when all that eager energy descends into the realization that there is no game to play. Mom & Dad need to pony-up another $60 for a game. Not cool! Kids deserve better than that. Don't design your profits to exclude the fun every kid expects when they fire up their new system.

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