It was expected of Nintendo to release a games console to compete with the other dominant competitors and they finally revealed their new games console the Nintendo NX which is called the Nintendo Switch.
The Nintendo Switch is like a tablet device which appears to contain all the hardware which has a docking station which then plugs into your TV – this is how it switches from being a traditional home console to handheld.
“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,” said Nintendo
“As some patents showed, the Switch has two removable ‘Joy-Con’ controller sections which attach at either end of the Switch tablet. In this form it really does look like a new and improved Gamepad. Once in the dock, you move them to a controller in order to play games as per usual. The screen on the tablet is hidden so there won’t be dual-screen features like the Wii U.
We don’t have detailed specs yet and it’s unclear whether the tablet section even has a touchscreen but we assume it will be in order to use the interface easily, if not for gaming. Nintendo has only said “The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display.” Rumours before the announcement suggest a scree up to 900p.
It’s not official, but Eurogamer has it on good authority that the Nintendo Switch screen is 6.2in with a 720p resolution. It’s also a capacitive touchscreen like smartphones and supports 10-point multi-touch. The report also mentions that the right-hand Joy Con houses an Infrared transmitter with which to interact with the dock.
Note that the Nintendo Switch won’t offer a second screen experience like the Wii U as the tablet needs to be plugged into the dock – “Nintendo Switch is dedicated to deliver a single-screen experience,” said Nintendo.
The controller does look a little awkward but there will also be a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller which you can use with the Switch console in its different modes.
The Nintendo Switch does even more than this as shown in the preview trailer. For example, when you’re on a plane you can remove the controller sections, prop the tablet on its kick-stand and game away without having to hold it. You can also share one each to play multi-player and even share them between lots of people for ‘a variety of gameplay options’.
A bit like the 3DS, the video shows up to four Switches being used together for even more multi-player ‘face-to-face’ capabilities.
Another thing the video confirms is that the Nintendo Switch brings back the return of the cartridge. Like the 3DS, the Switch games will come on small memory cards which slot into the back of the tablet.” pcadvisor.com
Nintendo already confirmed the NX would launch in March 2017 and that’s still the release date for the Nintendo Switch. The exact release date will be revealed during a presentation on 13 January in Tokyo. Exact details regarding the console will be released closer to the release day of the console but it looks like all games will be stored on a GameCard as there are no disc readers. Prices will be from £349 – £399.
[images from nintendo.com]