After more than a year of waiting…Goodbye Nintendo NX. Hello Nintendo Switch! Am I the only one that has that Will Smith song pop into their head?
You can ask anyone I was pretty blunt and critical of the Nintendo NX “experiment.” I ranted about it on the Cerebral Syndicate podcast enough to fuel a burning sun. But like always Nintendo puts its money where its mouth is and gave us something new, something total unexpected.
The Nintendo Switch is a console/mobile handheld hybrid. Sounds weird? Let me explain. The console itself looks like the Wii or Wii U in principle but with MAJOR tweaks. First it looks like there are two major receiver parts, the console base itself for the TV and the receiver for controller. Second the console does not have a disc drive. Nintendo is forgoing the normal disc format and switching (Haha) back to cartridge technology ala 3DS or Playstation Vita. The cartridge you put into the controller itself that way you can take it on the go. Oh yes…I said on the go. So third and probably most important of all the Nintendo Switch supports multiple controller configurations. You can use Wii U controller format, the Switch JoyCon traditional controller (JoyCon is the name of the controllers), in the traditional Wii U mode you can use the screen and JoyCon controllers as a self contained system AND supports a two player mode (we even see a four player scenario) and lastly you can use the new Switch Pro Controller (which will probably be sold separately) to play on screen in a more traditional fashion.
We even get a look at a few games in the trailer. Of course we see first party titles like Mario (Sunshine 2 please?!), Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart. From the looks of it Nintendo is trying to bolster their third party support as well. In the trailer we see NBA 2K and Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, both of which are from 2K Games who previously didn’t have a big presence on Nintendo consoles. 2K will also be joined by the likes of Capcom, WB Games, Epic, Activision, EA, Atlus, Sega, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Gametrust, Bandai Namco and many more.
The exciting thing here, for me anyway, is they are committed to not killing the 3DS platform. Well at least not yet. The 3DS (and its predecessors) is important to Nintendo’s DNA as a company and I can’t see them doing away with it in a cold and hard fashion. Also we don’t know if the Switch is backwards compatible. Which leads into a bigger question; are we going to see a overhaul of their online infrastructure?
Check out the trailer and tell us your thoughts. We will keep you updated as Nintendo gives us more information.