Nintendo Finally Unveils the Nintendo NX Console, The Switch

After months of waiting, pining, and reading through 19 pages of a Nintendo patent (that actually happened), Nintendo has finally pulled the cover off their next major console, and they’re calling it the NINTENDO SWITCH.  Rumored to be the first mobile console, Nintendo answered those rumors with the introduction trailer, released.

Many believed Nintendo would reveal the NX, back in June, during E3 2016.  However, with the competition of Microsoft and Sony gearing up for their 4K console battle, Nintendo played it smart and bided their time.  Instead, they showed off their game-changing title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Winner of the Cinelinx Best of E3 2016 Award).  

The Nintendo Switch will, in fact, be mobile.  If you start playing at home, the Switch rests snugly in its Nintendo Switch Dock, connected to your TV.  When it’s time to leave, simply removing the sliding controllers, called JoyCons, from the main controller and by simply connecting them to the Switch screen tablet in the docking station, the screen moves from the TV to the portable screen, taking your favorite games with you.

Nintendo’s reveal also showed off a multiplayer functionality the likes of which we haven’t seen before.  Simply by giving one of the JoyCons to a friend, you can now compete on the same screen, on the move.  It even hinted at an ability to wirelessly connect to other Switch devices to further share the experience.

There are still questions in terms of specs and battery life but, for now, I love what the Nintendo Switch is supposed to be.  It’s everything I wish I had had when I was growing up.  I can’t see it not working for anyone.  Parents, kids, friends, everyone should be able to benefit from a device like this.  Here’s hoping everything works as it should.

While many of us would’ve wanted this reveal earlier, it makes that Nintendo would unveil it now. Considering their goal of releasing the Switch in March, October is prime time for gamers to begin pre-ordering/saving up for Nintendo’s next major console.  

Nintendo hopes that the Switch will be the technology that will put them back in the console race with Microsoft and Sony.  Although, the questions remain, “Is it too late?” “Was this what the Wii U was supposed to be?”.  By all accounts, the Nintendo Switch will become a revolutionary console, in its own right.  However, we won’t know if the sales will reflect that until the Switch comes out next Spring, alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

The Nintendo Switch will be on shelves March 2017.

What do you think of Nintendo’s next major console?

For the full PR, read below:

In an introductory video released today (http://www.nintendo.com/switch), Nintendo provided the first glimpse of its new home gaming system and revealed that it is called Nintendo Switch. 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.

In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also ena ...

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. (Photo: Business Wire)

At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. It brings the full home gaming system experience with you to the park, on an airplane, in a car, or to a friend’s apartment.

Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.

“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”

Developers can design their games supporting a variety of play styles, which gives gamers the freedom to choose an experience that best suits them. Some of the publishers, developers and middleware partners announcing support for Nintendo Switch are as follows:

• 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.    

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, price, product configuration and related specifics, will be shown and announced prior to the March launch.