The increasingly mysterious new consoles codenamed Nintendo NX now has a name – meet Nintendo Switch, coming March 2017!
As detailed in the above first-look video, Nintendo Switch is the next home console from gaming giant Nintendo which aims to bridge the gap between home consoles and handheld gaming experiences in one seamless platform. The design is modular, featuring a main central console piece with a built-in screen, speakers (presumably), folding stand and headphone jack, plus two identical controller pieces which can slide and lock onto either side of it forming something vaguely similar in layout to the Wii U.
In this format it can be taken out and about and used as a standard handheld console – however the modular design allows it to be far more flexible than that. Say you’re on a train and want to kick back and relax whilst playing – simply fold out the stand from the back, sit it on your tray table, slide off the two controller pieces and start playing; all the buttons you need are on these two controller pieces!
All well and good when you’re alone, but what if I want to play with a friend on the move? It appears some multiplayer games support configurations which allow two players to play together by taking a controller piece each and holding it sideways, like a NES controller but with an analog stick and an ABXY layout instead. Add more Switch consoles to the mix and connect them via network for even more players!
Now, we all know Nintendo know what they’re doing with handhelds, but the real question everyone is asking is how it can hold up as a home console. Well, initial appearances look good – the Switch comes with a charging station which when you return home you can place the Switch into and seamlessly move play to your TV! All you have to do is slide off the two controller pieces and fit them to a controller module which appears to come with the package. The trailer also shows an alternative wireless controller that likely comes separately, there for people who prefer a simple, familiar controller at home.
Nintendo’s site is currently down, but the reveal trailer’s YouTube description reads:
“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.”
As for Nintendo’s third-party support, a divisive topic among the community, here’s their first announcement of partners for Switch!
As stated earlier, this is just a first-look, so expect to see much more over the coming weeks and months! Nintendo Switch launches March 2017, around 5 months from now.
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