This has been an interesting morning for Nintendo, as they officially revealed their new console, once called the Nintendo NX, now renamed to the Nintendo Switch. Which features a unique premise of being a hybrid console.
So what does that mean? Well, the Switch acts more like a tablet, looking similar to the Wii U design, however instead of being tethered to a console box, the tablet itself acts as the console. When docked, players can play the game on the big screen in a traditional way, however the game can be transferred to play on the smaller system which can be used in a multitude of different ways. The console also comes with two “Joy-Con” controllers attached to the tablet which are also removable and designed to feel like a traditional Nintendo Controller.
Interesting enough, the Switch will be ditching disc in favour of cartage again, looking to be more along the size of the 3DS Gamecards. This makes sense given the mobility of the console as we all know how well disc based mobile system worked in the past (PSP), the space of the said cards was yet to be revealed.
The trailer did show a small amount of games, including a Basketball title, a new 3D Mario game, Mario Kart, Skyrim and an the already confirmed Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While none of the games (except for Zelda) have been officially confirmed for the Switch, it is interesting to see Skyrim showcased as a proof of the Switch’s graphical capabilities which is being powered by Nvidia graphics hardware.
Right out the gate, there is a lot of support for the Switch, including some big named companies that Nintendo flaunted.
So what has been the general consensus on the Switch? It seems cautious optimism, as many (include the GameItAll Crew) are generally impressed with the showing, there are plenty of un-answered questions that still needs to be answered, including the Battery life, cooling, weight, launch titles, online capabilities and most importantly, the price of the Nintendo Switch.
We’re positive some of these questions will be answered in the near future, as the Nintendo Switch has a release window of March 2017. We’ll keep you posted on any further news from Nintendo on the new console.