For almost two years now, we’ve heard about this thing called Nintendo NX. It is to be the game changer the gaming company’s been looking for, the thing that will put them back on top in the same way that Wii shook up the industry so many years ago now. There’s been a lot of anticipation for the NX, and a lot of secrecy too, in fact, as it turns out, NX isn’t what the new system is called either. So get ready to make room on your shelf for the Nintendo Switch, a unique new console that will answer not only your gaming needs at home, but also on the go.
Let’s let this video explain.
So how does this work? Well, the Switch itself is basically a tablet with a 7-inch screen and running off a custom Nvidia Tegra processor. At home, you plug it into your TV with through the “Switch-Dock”, and when you’re on the go you yank it out. By using the “Joy-Con” controllers it basically becomes a bigger DS, but it will also have a back stand as well if you want a more tradition gaming experience while you’re out and about. Like the DS, the Switch will run off cartridges, but it’s expected that games will also be available for digital download too. The system will come with the “Joy-Con Grip”, which will allow the Joy-Con to act like a typical controller, as well there will be that option for a “Pro Controller”, which is more like the typical console controller.
As for games, Nintendo says they’ve got Activision, Atlus, Bethesda, Capcom, EA, Epic Games, Konami, PlatinumGames, Square Enix, Take-Two and Ubisoft all onboard. The above trailer previews The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and NBA 2K as well as new Mario and Mario Kart games and Splatoon. Nintendo is also working on Splatoon, an e-sport game that thousands of people will be able to watch live as you play.
“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said, “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”
The Switch will be made in stores everywhere in March 2017.