I know we’re coming into the game late on this announcement, but we understand that some of our viewership isn’t as obsessive over news as we are, and that’s why this exists! So, if you’re late to the party, this is for you. Two weeks ago Nintendo officially revealed their newest console: The Nintendo Switch. The console was previously codenamed NX, which most theorized was an abbreviation for “Next”. Before the console was announced, there were all kinds of rumors flying around, and surprisingly, most of them were right!
The Switch is going to be a handheld/home console hybrid, that uses a docking station to connect to your TV, to satisfy your big screen gaming needs. When the device is not seated in the docking station, you’ll be able to utilize the portable screen and attachable controllers to make The Switch into a portable handheld console. I firmly believe that making their new platform versatile was a smart move on Nintendo’s part, in that they already have the handheld market on “lockdown”.
The transformations don’t stop there though, in the promo video, which you can find below, The Switch is shown being used in a variety of different ways. In one clip, you’ll see two friends each grabbing one of the attachable controllers and playing a game of Mario Kart. I’m unsure how well splitting up the controller between two players will pan out, as in this use case, you will be limited to having one joystick and 4 buttons (in very close proximity) on what makes for one very tiny impromptu controller.
Nintendo also showed a newly redesigned Pro Controller, which appears to have much more thought applied to its modern contoured design than the Pro Controller for the Wii U. The New Pro Controller can be used with the system docked, or on the go. They also showed The Switch’s screen does have a kick stand on the back, so it can support itself when gaming on the go.
As far as games, Nintendo showcased a handful of first-party titles. They teased a New 3D Mario, which Nintendo has yet to release any details on. There was, of course, the aforementioned Mario Kart, in addition to The Legend of Zelda: Breathe of the Wild, and fan favorite, Splatoon. It’s unclear whether Mario Kart or Splatoon will function as sequels, remakes of their Wii U counterparts, or simply digital ports of their original versions. They did have a few third party titles to show off as well, a game in the NBA 2K series, and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Since the initial trailer’s reveal, they have released a graphic detailing all the 3rd party developers they’re working with.
All in all, the system is weird and potentially wonderful, which could, admittedly, turn out as a clunky, disjointed mess…but it’s exactly what you should expect from modern Nintendo. I think The Switch is going to be quite badass. I’m pretty darn excited about the idea of a hybrid console. I thought of playing Legend of Zelda: Breathe of the Wild on the go, or being able to have a Mario Kart 1-on-1 with a buddy wherever I am, entices me to no end. Nintendo has said they will not be releasing any new information on The Switch until January, but I look forward to seeing what bizarre, leftfield wizardry Nintendo has hidden under their proverbial trench coat.