Just weeks after it was launched to the Nintendo YouTube page, the Online Expansion teaser for the Nintendo Switch has become the most disliked video on Youtube.
Nintendo’s decision to aggressively price the Switch Online Expansion, which allows gamers to play old-school Nintendo 64 and SEGA Genesis games on their Switch, has sparked uproar among players.
Although the news that classic Nintendo games; such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Mario Kart 64 will suddenly be available to Switch owners; was greeted with enthusiasm, the pricing was not. Players were naturally outraged when the pricing of the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion was revealed $49.99 per year for the service.
They vented their rage on the announcement video, which was flooded with negative feedback. Although Nintendo has had unfavourable reactions to game trailers in the past; the venom and outrage directed against the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion have been startling in terms of its scope.
The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion teaser has topped the E3 promo for Metroid Prime: Federation Force from 2015 as Nintendo’s most loathed video ever, according to VCG. As of the publication date, the trailer had over 100,000 dislikes compared to barely 17,000 likes. The previous record-holder, the Metroid Prime trailer, had only 96,000 dislikes to 11,000 likes.
Meanwhile, the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion trailer has 500,000 fewer views than the Metroid Prime video; and received 100k dislikes in 16 days after it was released, as per VCG. It’s impressive that the trailer has surpassed 100,000 dislikes in such a short time. The overwhelming response indicates that Nintendo fans are dissatisfied with the new services’ path.
In actuality, the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion only earned roughly 1,000 like between the time the trailer passed 50,000 dislikes and when it passed 100,000 dislikes. Nintendo fans have also expressed their worries about the quality of the older game conversions; in addition to the price. For example, despite the fact that it runs on what should be superior hardware; the Switch edition of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time appears to be a graphical downgrade.
Unfortunately, until Nintendo addressed these issues; it appears that players will continue to slam the trailer with negative feedback. Lowering the price would undoubtedly answer the majority of the players’ issues; but it appears that what they actually want is to know that their Nintendo Switch purchase is getting them good value.