It’s not out until March 2017, but Nintendo just gave us a look at their new gaming system in a teaser trailer.
Introducing Nintendo Switch! Formerly the Nintendo NX before the announcement and trailer was released.
This system will take your gaming to another level by combining at home consoles with on-the-go mobile gaming and the multiplayer gaming experience in one system. Nintendo has not released a lot of information on this new system yet, so the specs and features have not been fully revealed.
Just from looking at the trailer there are a few things that can be determined.
The console’s design is a very unique feature of the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Switch Dock links the system to the TV and where the tablet-like Nintendo Switch rests in. This Nintendo Switch doesn’t seem to have any controls or buttons, until it is combined with the detachable parts of the Joy-Con controller. The handle-like sides of the Joy-Con controller slide off the Joy-Con Grip accessory and slide onto the edges of the Nintendo Switch. Making it look similar to the Wii U. Once in that mode it becomes a portable game system and can be played on-the-go.
Both sides of the Joy-Con controller that slide onto the Switch have an analog joystick, shoulder button with four standard buttons, A, B, X and Y.
Nintendo Switch plays games off of gamecards, similar in size to the 3DS gamecards, that load into a slot on the top of the tablet. Next to this card slot is an audio port for your headphones or earbuds.
There is a little kickstand on the back of the Switch, so it can be placed on a surface and played by sliding off the controls on the side. There looks to be a car mount accessory that the tablet can slide into for playability inside a car.
It looks like the Switch has the ability to play in multiplayer mode by sliding off the controllers on the side. Two players, each holding one half of the controllers that slide off the side of the tablet. To have four players playing a game you need two separate Switch consoles.
Another controller being shown in the trailer video is the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. It looks more like a standard gamepad controller. This is the type of controller with two analog joysticks, four standard buttons, shoulder buttons and a D-pad.
List of launch window titles and price have not yet been revealed. The trailer shows games being played on the system as The Legend of Zelda, Skyrim, Mario Kart, an NBA game of some kind, a Mario game that looks new and Splatoon.
Here is a list of the publishers, developers and middleware partners that have already been announced to be supporting the Nintendo Switch:
• 505 Games
• Activision Publishing Inc.
• ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co., Ltd.
• ATLUS CO., LTD.
• Audiokinetic, Inc.
• BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
• CAPCOM CO., LTD.
• CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.
• DeNA Co., Ltd.
• Electronic Arts
• Epic Games Inc.
• Firelight Technologies
• FromSoftware, Inc.
• GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC.
• Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc.
• HAMSTER Corporation
• INTI CREATES CO., LTD.
• KOEI TECHMO GAMES CO., LTD.
• Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
• LEVEL-5 Inc.
• Marvelous Inc.
• Maximum Games, LLC
• Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
• Parity Bit Inc.
• PlatinumGames Inc.
• RAD Game Tools, Inc.
• RecoChoku Co., Ltd.
• SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
• Silicon Studio Corporation
• Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
• SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
• Starbreeze Studios
• Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
• Telltale Games
• THQ Nordic
• Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.
• TT Games
• Ubitus Inc.
• Unity Technologies, Inc.
• Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
• Web Technology Corp
I have been a Nintendo fan for years and have owned pretty much every game system. So I can’t wait to see what features, functions and games will be coming out on the Nintendo Switch. Hopefully the battery life on the portability will be good and it comes with some kind of a portable charger.
You can view the teaser trailer of the Nintendo Switch here: