What was codenamed Nintendo NX is now unveiled to be the Nintendo Switch; a home console and portable hybrid that according to Nintendo president TatsumiKimishima won’t be a direct successor to the Nintendo 3DS that’s currently going strong and the Wii U that’s probably in some ICU somewhere waiting to be euthanized. Nintendo unveiled the device to the world via a 3-minute and 36-second video exactly at October 20, 2016, 7am Pacific time.
Details for the Nintendo Switch are Still Minimal, But Fans are Already More Anxious Than Ever
The based on the codename “NX” which could stand for “New eXperience” – Nintendo Switch is some sort of detour for the guys at Nintendo. Based on the trailer, the new console is a straightforward get up and go machine without the quirky Nintendo gimmicks such as motion controls and even the touchscreen that made the Wii and DS revolutionary. The so-called “New eXperience” could be that Nintendo’s going to try something new and will try to keep up with the competition this time instead of going the opposite way giving developers a hard time with the system and ultimately giving up on developing for the system in the end. While the trailer didn’t reveal too much about specs and capabilities, it only showed how the console can be used as a home console or a portable, the removable joysticks can be used as mini controllers for quick two-player split screen, as well as linking multiple consoles together.
After the reveal lots of questions were raised about the console and most of them were answered but vaguely; such as the tease for development partners for the console which included Bethesda and their game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim being prominently displayed on the device for about 30 seconds. It’s probably too early for them to be answering questions such as confirming games coming to the Switch and a game showing on a trailer for a console doesn’t always mean that it’s coming to the system like what happened to the Wii U reveal where most of the games that showed up on reveal were either cancelled or didn’t show up at all.When IGN asked about the screen having touch functionality, Nintendo says that it“will make additional announcements about the Nintendo Switch hardware later, before the launch of the product.” For now the possibility of a touch interface can’t be ruled out 100% but with the console played while on the dock, and the controllers not having any touch interfaces, it’s going to cause some gameplay inconsistencies.
The Nintendo Switch will be out in March 2017. Nintendo didn’t give any word if the console will come as a whole package – dock and console in one, or that the console will come first and the dock will come at a later date.
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