Ah yes, the Nintendo NX. First announced back in March of 2015 by the late and great Satoru Iwata, it was set to become Nintendo’s next home console, one that (hopefully) will actually sell successfully. Mr. Kimishima announced that it was on target for a March 2017 release date. And now, after all the waiting, the gargantuan amount of rumours, jokes, and pestering for even a sliver of new information on the hardware, we have seen it. This, is Nintendo’s new console: the Nintendo Switch.
It seems that the main idea that this will be a hybrid was true, and this is certainly set to bring in a new era for not only Nintendo gamers, but the gaming industry as a whole. You can simply play it on the go like a typical tablet, but you also have the option to simply prop it up on a stand and play with a regular controller. Have a friend? Then just grab a controller, one on each side! Games you say? Not only did we get another look a Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but we were also treated to a little peek at the new 3D Mario game, a possible port of Mario Kart 8, and a sequel (or at least that is what I make of it) of Splatoon. And remember when Nintendo actually had 3rd party support? Just take a look who there is:
And this is just a ‘sampling’. Imagine if they got Rockstar, and if that was the case, there would no longer be any debate on which console is the best. Below is an extract from Nintendo on their new console:
In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.
At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. It brings the full home gaming system experience with you to the park, on an airplane, in a car, or to a friend’s apartment.
Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.
“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.”
And our last bit are some screen caps from the trailer taken by Jesse Waldack:
So what do you make of this? Excited, pleased, hyped, or any synonym of these three? Well colour me surprised. Make sure to leave your thoughts on the system below!