Until yesterday it was known as Nintendo NX, but starting today we will call it Switch. Nintendo’s latest gaming console was finally revealed, and as expected, the reveal trailer generated a lot of buzz.
The trailer you can see below, left everyone (including us) with a series of unanswered questions, but it also revealed some interesting features about the new console developed by Nintendo.
Before we go forward, though, read Nintendo’s statement:
“Today’s video incorporated short glimpses of representative gameplay to demonstrate the liberating nature of the Nintendo Switch home gaming system. Full game demonstrations, the list of launch window titles, as well as launch date, product configuration and related specifics will be shown and announced prior to the March launch.”
This means, that you should take every piece of information below with a grain of salt.
Now, let’s see what Nintendo revealed in the trailer, and what secrets they kept away from us.
Nintendo Switch Name and Logo
First of all, they changed the name from Nintendo NX to Nintendo Switch. Not Swiitch, but simply Switch, which depicts the platform’s ability to convert from a home console to a portable one.
Yes, you can take it away with you and continue to play your favorite games on the go.
The logo shows two controllers, which are known as Joy-Con controllers.
Tablet vs. Home Console
As the trailer revealed, users can use the new Nintendo Switch as a home unit or as a portable gaming console.
When you play at home, you simply plug in your Switch to a docking station, and enjoy your games on the big screen, using the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, which looks very similar to the Xbox One controller.
If you have to leave the comfort of your couch, you simply undock your Switch and take it with you.
You can continue your gaming session using the Joy-Con controllers which can be found on either side of the tablet.
Now that we know how the Nintendo Switch works, questions start to appear, and two of them are decisive when it comes to buying a tablet, or even a smartphone.
What’s the battery life of the Nintendo Switch? – Nintendo didn’t mention anything about the battery included in Switch. Most tablets can last up to 10 hours these days, but not when you are playing games on them.
Since Switch is designed as a gaming tablet, it should have a battery powerful enough to match and even beat the competition.
What’s the storage of Nintendo Switch? – Again, this is a very important aspect that Nintendo didn’t reveal, although the company is well known for having some problems when it comes to the storage included in their consoles. Wii U’s limited 32GB was a big problem for users, and even bigger was the 8GB version. Indeed, you can add an external drive to the Wii U, but you can’t replace the one inside the system.
These two questions lead to the next one.
Will the docking station boost the performance of the tablet? – Obviously, when the Switch is placed on the dock, the battery life is not important, because most likely the station will recharge the tablet. But what else can it do? It will only serve as a connector between the tablet and your TV, or it will boost the overall performance of the system by offering higher resolutions? Maybe 4K or HDR?
Nintendo Switch Peripherals and Accessories
Nintendo’s trailer also revealed that Switch features a stand, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Furthermore, the tablet will use cartridges instead of disks, and two types of controllers: the Joy-Con controllers and the Nintendo Switch Pro controllers.
Here is what we don’t know yet.
What accessories will be in the box? – If we take a closer look at the trailer, we should receive two Joy-Con controllers, and at least one Nintendo Switch Pro controller. But what happens to the headphones? Are they included in the box? Most tablets and smartphones (except Apple’s iPhone 7 obviously), sell with headphones.
Will Nintendo Switch Pro Controller have analogue triggers?
What games can be played with the Switch Pro Controllers?
What Wii U peripherals will work with Nintendo Switch?
What we know for sure, on the other hand, is that Switch will support Amiibo, as confirmed by Nintendo.
Nintendo Switch Entertainment and Cross-Buy
Since we know that the console will use cartridges for games, it would be only normal for Nintendo to provide streaming solutions for those who wish to watch movies or TV shows. Will they exist, or we will use Switch just for games?
Most Wii U owners already have large libraries of video games. What happens to them?
These are very important questions that need answers especially because in the trailer there were games that will be released for both Wii U and Switch.
Nintendo Switch Video Games
Nintendo’s trailer revealed a large number of video games including Skyrim, Mario Kart, a new Super Mario, and NBA.
We are sure that more will be revealed in the future as we get closer to the console’s release date. In case you wonder though, here are some developers that will work on developing games for Nintendo Switch, according to businesswire.com:
|• 505 Games||• LEVEL-5 Inc.|
|• Activision Publishing, Inc.||• Marvelous Inc.|
|• ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co., Ltd.||• Maximum Games, LLC|
|• ATLUS CO., LTD.||• Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.|
|• Audiokinetic Inc.||• Parity Bit Inc.|
|• Autodesk, Inc.||• PlatinumGames Inc.|
|• BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.||• RAD Game Tools, Inc.|
|• Bethesda||• RecoChoku Co., Ltd.|
|• CAPCOM CO., LTD.||• SEGA Games Co., Ltd.|
|• Codemasters®||• Silicon Studio Corporation|
|• CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.||• Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.|
|• DeNA Co., Ltd.||• SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.|
|• Electronic Arts||• Starbreeze Studios|
|• Epic Games Inc.||• Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.|
|• Firelight Technologies||• Telltale Games|
|• FromSoftware, Inc.||• THQ Nordic|
|• Frozenbyte||• Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.|
|• GameTrust||• TT Games|
|• GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC.||• UBISOFT|
|• Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc.||• Ubitus Inc.|
|• HAMSTER Corporation||• Unity Technologies, Inc.|
|• Havok||• Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment|
|• INTI CREATES CO., LTD.||• Web Technology Corp|
|• KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.|
|• Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.|
Nintendo Switch Price and Release Date
How much will Nintendo Switch cost is probably the most important question we have, because Nintendo will have to match the offers of its competitors, and also the prices of its own platforms.
We believe that going anywhere above these prices will most likely affect Nintendo’s sales.
Last, but not least, the exact release date of Nintendo Switch remains a mystery. We know that it will be released in March 2017, but that month has 31 days. So, which one is it?
Did you see the reveal trailer? If not, here it is. Watch it and let us know your questions in the comments section below.