No backward compatibility is a bummer and something we haven't seen missing on a Nintendo console since the GameCube (and never been omitted from a portable console from them) but it's understandable given the dramatic shift we're talking about here.
Personally, I'll just be happy if they bring over virtual console purchases of classic systems.
Not a surprise. It's clear from that video that they were going OUT of their way to make sure Switch didn't remind anyone of the Wii U or the 3DS - i.e. 2-screen gaming. The fact that the hub covers up the screen speaks volumes about how much Nintendo wants to make sure consumers do not associate the Wii U and 3DS with it.
This is the same reason why there is no way the Switch will play 3DS games. That would just make it look like the Wii U, and that's not a risk Nintendo can take.
I've said I'm excited but I do realize this is a HUGE risk for Nintendo. Either this thing is a wild success or it's a burning turd. Sadly, I don't think there's much room for a middle-ground.
I know people keep saying Nintendo won't take a loss on the price, but I think we're going to be pleasantly surprised on that front. I think Nintendo well knows it has an uphill climb to sell enough of these to ensure third party support doesn't drop off completely 6-8 months in.
It would be awfully weird if Nintendo calls this the Switch and then sells the handheld on its own. That sort of defeats the entire name of the product. I can see two bundles, but one that includes the new Pro Controller and an EXTRA game packed in as a bundle. I think Nintendo bundles Mario the main system (this means handheld AND home hub) at $249. There is another bundle that also comes with the Pro controller and Zelda or Skyrim Remastered for $300.
Yeah, I know that sounds crazy, but if Nintendo is serious about making sure the Switch comes swinging out of the gate, it needs to rethink how it gets them in people's hands. That means taking a loss like Sony and Microsoft. With the PS Pro, the Scorpio, and probably PS5 not too far away, Nintendo has a small window here to make its case, and you only get one shot at the hype that comes with a console launch.