As Nintendo promised earlier today, the NX will be officially announced in a preview video this afternoon.
And what do you know? They were right. Because at 3PM in UK time, Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch, their new home console. Here’s the announcement video:
As well as the system’s logo:
So what is the Nintendo Switch?
Well, it’s a hybrid system. It comes in a dock by default, and is immediately switched to handheld mode when you remove the console from said dock. Once you’re done, you can then unclip the controllers from the sides of the system and use them to play games in a more traditional way, with multiplayer games that don’t necessary require multiple systems.
Power wise, there’s not really much that Nintendo has confirmed here. Based on the video, it’s seemingly more powerful than the Wii U, with Mario Kart 8, Splatoon and Zelda Breath of the Wild showing running on it.
It also uses cartridges, with one picture pointing out the game cards for the console:
And can be used with its own pro controller, aka the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. This can be seen here:
On the games front, details are scarce. We have seen the following in the preview video:
- Mario Kart 8
- Elder Scrolls Skyrim
- An NBA game
- A new 3D Mario game
- The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild
But Breath of the Wild aside, the others could be anything from demos to ports or brand new sequels.
However, there was one thing they did confirm here. Namely, some of the companies developing for the system. These include:
- 505 Games
- ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co.
- Audiokinetic Inc
- Autodesk, Inc
- Bandai Namco
- CRI Middleware Co. Ltd.
- DeNA Co. Ltd
- Epic Games
- Firelight Technologies
- FromSoftware Inc.
- GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE
- Gungho Online Entertainment Inc
- HAMSTER Corporation
- INTI CREATES CO. LTD.
- KOEI TECHMO GAMES CO. LTD.
- Maximum Games LLC
- Nippon Ichi Software, Inc
- Parity Bit Inc.
- RAD Game Tools, Inc.
- RecoChoku Co. Ltd.
- Silicon Studio Corporation
- Spike Chunsoft Co. Ltd.
- Square Enix
- Starbreeze Studios
- Take-Two Interactive
- TellTale Games
- THQ Nordic
- Tokyo RPG Factory Co. Ltd.
- TT Games
- Ubitus Inc.
- Unity Technologies
- Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment
- Web Technology Corp
As you can see, it’s a pretty long list, and consists of most major third party developers and many of the more well known game engine makers. So there’s a good chance popular titles like Call of Duty and FIFA will be on the NX in future.
But that’s all Nintendo is going to tell us. This is because all other information (like launch games, date and specs) will be announced prior to its launch in March 2017. So, likely over the next few Nintendo Directs and at major conferences and stuff.
They did post a few pictures of the system though. Here are some of those, which show the Nintendo Switch in action:
So what do you think of the console? Is it what you wanted? Or were you hoping for something more traditional and power focused?
Either way, post your thoughts about this at the Gaming Reinvented forums or on social media today!