Introducing Nintendo Switch! 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.
Almost weeks after the release of Nintendo’s Wii-U device, rumors have swollen of speculation on what will Nintendo do next? Nintendo has finally given the full reveal on Nintendo Switch (formally known as Nintendo NX). As many predicted from its evolution from Nintendo Wii to Wii-U. The Nintendo Switch will be a console/ mobile hybrid that brings back the use of cartridges instead of discs. As you can see from the photos provided the Nintendo Switch is a thinner more tablet version of the Wii-U controller.
Parked at home, the Nintendo Switch becomes a console when placed inside the “Nintendo Switch Dock”, said dock is how it’ll connect to your TV. Read to go mobile? lift the switch out of the dock and it turns into portable mode enabling the gamer to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. An interesting feature of the Switch are the “Joy-Con” controllers. The almost-remote-like Joy-Con controllers are found on each side of the Nintendo Switch. On the Joy-Con is a control stick and the standard set of A/B/X/Y buttons. As a single player can use both controllers in each hand, horizontally or vertically, as two players, the Joy-Con can divide the pair between them. It has been reported that Joy-Con can also be used for multiplayer options.
In the trailer you can briefly see the preview of the Joy Grip accessory which combines the individual controllers offering a more “traditional” experience. If you look carefully you also get a quick preview of the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, which easily is the evolution from the Wii U’s Pro Controller.
So far Nintendo has not revealed the full specifications of the console, but today Nvidia revealed on its own blog post, “Nintendo Switch is powered by the performance of the custom Tegra processor. The high-efficiency scalable processor includes an NVIDIA GPU based on the same architecture as the world’s top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards.” NVidia added, “The Nintendo Switch’s gaming experience is also supported by fully custom software, including a revamped physics engine, new libraries, advanced game tools and libraries. NVIDIA additionally created new gaming APIs to fully harness this performance. The newest API, NVN, was built specifically to bring lightweight, fast gaming to the masses.”
Nintendo has also published a list of some of the publishers, developers, and middleware partners that are working and producing titles for the Nintendo Switch, including Activision, Bandai Namco, Bethesda, Electronic Arts, Konami, Take-Two, Ubisoft and Warner Bros.
Some of the games showcased in the trailer included Bethesda’s Skyrim and 2K’s NBA 2K17 as well as Nintendo’s own The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart, and Splatoon.
The price for the console has yet to be announced, but we do know The Nintendo Switch will be available in March 2017.
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