It’s finally been revealed!
After months of rumours and leaks Nintendo have finally shared details about their latest games console set to be released in March 2017.
Entitled the Nintendo Switch (formerly NX), the console looks to combine the different parts of the company’s previous releases. The Switch is made up of an iPad-style gamepad as well as a typical handheld controller. However, the panels of said controller are able to be detached and added to the gamepad, providing a similar experience to that of the Wii U.
This console far exceeds that of its predecessor though.
The Switch boasts a far more social element of gameplay, with the gamepad appearing to act like a DS in that you are able to take it out into the real world with you. This is beneficial for games like the Animal Crossing series which many people prefer to play on a handheld console. The trailer that was released this afternoon also indicates that competitive play is a lot more advanced in games like Splatoon, which had previously been very limited in terms of battling your friends.
The graphics for the new Nintendo Switch look gorgeous, as one would expect from a console being released nowadays, and the choice of games available around release seem a lot more varied than in the past. The trailer showed clips from game franchises like Zelda and Mario, the latter of which appears to have two new releases in the form of an open world game as well as a racing one. These familiar franchises combine with other games that this blogger is unfamiliar with, but that appear to be suited to more sporty and adventurous gaming.
Nothing is yet known about the pricing for the Switch, although one can imagine that it will be sold for a competitive price against its Xbox and Playstation rivals.
With less than half a year now before the console’s release, I am hopeful that Nintendo will start to reveal more about it’s upcoming games, as well as providing us with greater depth into the many new features. There was concern about how late Nintendo were leaving it to announce their new console, with fears that it would affect its popularity, so it would be wise for the company not to wait too long between releasing information.
Still, they’ve got one confirmed buyer no matter what.
*header image taken by Jeramey Jannene at https://www.flickr.com/photos/compujeramey