Say A Big Hello To Nintendo’s Next Console: Nintendo Switch
For what seemed like infinity years, Nintendo was extremely tight-lipped about its Wii U successor, which until this morning was codenamed Nintendo NX. As we inched closer and closer to its previously-announced March 2017 release date without an official hint of what to expect, you couldn’t shake a Wiimote without bumping into a dozen daily rumours, some of which weren’t too far off from the truth.
Just announced in a legitimately thrilling three-minute introductory video, the teaser confirms the biggest rumours of them all—that the Switch will serve as both a home console (via TV-connected dock) and handheld tablet (via detachable pieces), and that physical games will actually come in the form of adorable little cartridges, a la 3DS. According to Nintendo’s press release, “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.”
Nintendo further elaborated on this new and innovative way to play: “Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.”
The teaser also shows off a pretty eclectic chunk of games, like Skyrim, NBA 2K17, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8, and Splatoon. However, the most exciting title tease is what appears to be a new 3D Mario game. WANT!
Here’s a breakdown of all the publishers, developers, and middleware partners announcing support for the Nintendo Switch—a far cry from the Wii U’s short-but-sweet list.
Ok, the moment has arrived. Watch the video below and then start marking the days till March. Why haven’t time-shifting warp zones been invented yet!?