Today, after months of rumor, speculation, and anticipation, Nintendo has officially introduced their newest home gaming system with a surprising mobile twist. Previously codenamed as Nintendo’s NX system, the world has now been introduced to the Nintendo Switch, slated for release in March 2017!
With the Nintendo Switch, you can enjoy the traditional high-definition game console experience at home and then take that exact same game wherever you go. At home, games are loaded via cartridges into the tablet-like Nintendo Switch console, perched on a charging dock that connects and displays directly to your TV and you control the action with the new Joy-Con controllers. Attaching the Joy-Con controllers to both sides of the console’s tablet display and removing it from its charging dock will instantly shift the display from TV to handheld and let you take your favorite home console games with you on a road trip, a long flight, or to a party with your friends. Multiple Nintendo Switch systems can even be brought together for multiplayer experiences whenever and wherever.
The two Joy-Con Controllers included with every system can be used in a “Wiimote and Nunchuk” style with one controller in each hand, or shared with other players for multiplayer games, or slip both controllers into the Joy-Con Grip accessory for a more familiar controller feeling. For the more traditional-minded gamers, there is also an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller that more closely mimics the controller style gamers are used to. As evidenced by the introductory video, all of these controller styles work with the Nintendo Switch regardless of whether it is played on TV or on the go with the tablet display.
“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”
As Nintendo of America’s President Reggie Fils-Aime says, the Nintendo Switch offers new gameplay experiences through combining the home and handheld styles of playing while still maintaining exclusive gaming styles for third-party developed games. Developing and publishing partners announcing support for the Nintendo Switch include ATLUS, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Bethesda, Capcom, From Software, Level-5, Square Enix, and many more; hopefully fulfilling the third-party support that can help the Nintendo Switch appeal to even more gamers.
There are still only a few confirmed games officially announced for the Nintendo Switch, such as the highly-anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, SEGA’s Sonic Project 2017, and Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2017, but the introductory video teased a few games possibly in development, specifically Mario Kart, NBA, The Elder Scrolls, Super Mario, and Splatoon. Whether these will be completely new games, ports, or simply tech demos is unknown as of now. Since the introductory video’s release and the most recent press release, there are still many things people want to know about this console.
What games will be available at launch?
What kind of technical specs will the hardware have?
Will using cartridges for the games affect ports and 3rd party support?
How many features will the console have outside of gaming?
Even now, the speculation continues, but one thing’s for certain: The Nintendo Switch has been revealed, and the months leading up to its release in March 2017 will be truly exciting. How does the Nintendo Switch look to you, and what games or features are you hoping to see on it? Leave a comment below, and thanks for reading!