For the last 3 and a half years, it was known simply by its codename “NX”.
This past Thursday, Nintendo unveiled the console by its official name: The Nintendo Switch.
…Let us all take a moment to sigh in relief Nintendo didn’t put the word “Wii” in the name of the new console (LOL!).
I want to direct your attention to these 3 images: Nintendo seems to have finished a concept they originally introduced with the Gamecube and Game Boy Advance: A true Hybrid System. Back then, you could connect a Game Boy Advance console to a Gamecube to play certain games using both screens.
…Once again, Nintendo set the bar everyone else will soon follow. Sony actually tried to apply the same concept with the Vita, PS3 and PS4 but felt the rapidly growing mobile market was too much of a threat to their handheld division to invest in the Vita beyond its development. Sony wasn’t willing to give their hansheld, which had superior specs to the 3DS Family Consoles (including the New Nintendo 3DS) much attention and left the console to 3rd party companies.
…A mistake Sony can now correct IF they want to.
Back to the Switch, above are all of the known 3rd Party Companies that got a Dev kit for the NX or soon will. It’s worth noting all though Skyrim was shown as part of tbe Switch’s tech demo Bethesda has neither confirmed or denied if Skyrim or Fallout 4 will be coming to Nintendo’s new console.
That said, here is everything known for sure about the Nintendo Switch:
- The console will be released worldwide on March 17, 2017.
- The Switch is NOT backwards compatable with physical Wii U or 3DS games. Digital versions of games for both consoles are a possability.
- The Switch’s physical games will use cartridges, making it the first time since the Nintendo 64 a home console will not use Discs.
- It WILL have Amiibo support
- The LCD Screen is the main part of the console, not the Dock
- The LCD Screen can be detatched from the Dock to switch to portable gaming (hence the name of the console, Switch); when it’s in the dock players can play games on their TVs
- The controllers are called Joy-Con Controllers and each console comes with two. There are apparently multiple ways to use them akin to the Nintendo 64 and Wii Remote + Nunchuk Controllers.
- The Switch will be a companion Console alongside the Wii U and the 3DS, not a replacement for both.
- Nintendo will support the Switch, the 3DS and the Wii U all at the same time.
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was confirmed earlier this year as coming out for both the Wii U and the Switch.
…That’s it so far.
If I had to guess, the Switch is to Nintendo what the Playstation Pro and Vita Slim are to Sony: Suped up versions of existing tech. This is Nintendo we’re talking about. They don’t have a problem throwing money at its third home console in 12 years (The Wii was released in 2005 and the Wii U was released in 2012). I say more power to ’em for doing what Sony felt was too expensive to attempt. LOL.
Since the Switch is being branded as a “Companion” to the 3DS and Wii U, don’t go selling your Wii U/3DS if you have one. In fact, cross-play should be expected at some point. While we don’t yet know the specs, it’s unlikely the cost will top $350 (the 32GB Wii U’s launch price). Unlike Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo tries to keep the prices of their consoles competative. That aside, the battery life of the LCD screen would be important: Most laptops can be optimized to hold a battery charge for as much as 12 hours with some models. The Switch’s LCD screen needs to be able to hold a charge for at least 6 straight hours in my book.
As of right now, I am unemployed so I can’t buy the Switch even if I wanted to. Before that, I’ll buy a Wii U. Gotta do things in order and all that more or less (LOL!). That and I’m ready to retire my Wii. And my Xbox 360. And my PS3. Gamespot and IGN are falling over themselves running spculation about the console and what they think it means for Nintendo’s future. To that, all I can say is the future looks good ^_^