One of the most popular gaming companies in the world, Nintendo, has recently announced their newest console, the Nintendo Switch, making the entirety of the Internet buzz about their amazing reveal. Continuing their streak of innovative concepts, the Nintendo Switch is the world’s first hybrid console, meaning that at any time, you can detach a module from the console’s dock and take it with you, transforming the home console into a handheld one. While details are still slowly making their way onto the Internet, it is clear as day that the new console is going to revolutionize the gaming industry.
The specifications for the console are on par with the current generation of consoles, even surpassing the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in certain areas, as the console is said to be able to run games in 60 FPS at 1080p, and 30 FPS at 4k resolution, something that may only be rivaled by Microsoft’s upcoming Project Scorpio. However, it is clear that Nintendo is still behind the times in some aspects, as the console only has 32gb of internal storage, with no mention of external support as of yet. If that wasn’t old-fashioned enough for you, the console will also play games using cartridges, which is an interesting move on a market that is continuously shifting towards digital media rather than physical.
In the console reveal, Nintendo has hinted towards certain interesting features that will, no doubt, make for some fierce competition against their rivals. The console has multiple modes, from the regular home console mode with a stationary base unit and a controller, to a portable screen and a controller that splits into two smaller ones, allowing multiple people to play. This hybrid functionality means that Nintendo will finally be able to focus development of first-party games on only one console, instead of having to develop for two devices, ultimately leading to higher quality games.
Another promising announcement made by Nintendo was the list of third party partners that will support the Nintendo Switch, with names such as Activision, EA Games, From Software, Ubisoft and Take-Two Interactive being only some of the many companies that will develop (or port) their games to the new console. It’s still unclear whether these publishers and developers will support the Switch throughout its entire life, or if they will ditch the console after one title as they did with the Wii U. Everything is up to how well the console will sell.
The reveal video also gives us some insight on what types of games will run on the Switch. While there were many unannounced games shown in the video, such as a new 3D Mario title, a new Mario Kart title and a new Splatoon game, Nintendo put the emphasis on the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the third party support by showing off games such as Skyrim and NBA 2k17 running on their upcoming console. At the end of the reveal video, Nintendo tried to showcase a possible support for a Splatoon e-Sports scene, which would be quite surprising, considering that they barely support their most popular e-Sport, Super Smash Bros.
The Nintendo Switch is set to come out in March 2017, but the starting price is, as of now, unknown. The reveal was still an amazing showcase by Nintendo, and even though most of the capabilities of the console were leaked in the previous months, the Japanese company still managed to surprise the entire Internet.