Nintendo finally pulled back the curtain on its long-awaited…console? Handheld? Anyway, today the Nintendo NX, after a long period of total silence, was revealed today as the Nintendo Switch. Here’s what we’ve learned about the hybrid so far, along with some of my opinions on the subject:
It’s a console. It’s a handheld. It’s…a portable console? The Switch is a tablet that can dock and play games on the TV with what resembles the Wii U Pro Controller. It can also detach and, with controller attachments, can become a handheld. Those attachments can also be used while detached as smaller controllers, while the screen itself can be set up on a kickstand. This allows for multiplayer gaming on the go.
Speaking of which, it looks as if the console can connect with other Switches on the go for even more multiplayer action. How’s that battery life going to hold up, I wonder?
Multiple Wii U games were shown playing on the Switch. Backwards compatibility? Or are these ports? And of course we were shown a new Mario game.
Speaking of games, an NBA game was shown along with Skyrim. Could this be Nintendo finally injecting the third-party support they so desperately need?
The games are on cartridges. Now, I’ve seen both the 3DS and Vita do some amazing things with carts, but I wonder about this move. This is another thing that has me curious. I want to see what they can do with this. I’m not a fan of disc media at all, so if they can pull this off, I’ll be a fan.
What are your thoughts on the Nintendo Switch? Are you excited? Disappointed? Nervous? I myself am cautiously optimistic. I want Nintendo to come back with a bang. Let’s hope the Switch does just that. We’ll find out more about the console in coming months (including that all-important price point) leading up to the release of the Switch in March of 2017.