A hybrid console
Nintendo has officially revealed their long anticipated console, The Nintendo Switch. Formerly known as the Nintendo NX, the Switch will be a hybrid console like the rumors have suggested. It will come with a dock for playing at home. Nintendo stated that “you can play the same games whether the Switch is mobile or docked.“The handheld screen doesn’t appear to be a touch screen.
The handheld features two detachable mini controllers, called Joy-Cons. The Switch comes with two and they feature an analog stick and four face buttons. They can be used separately, “slotted onto the side of the main Switch body, or secured to a Joy-Con Grip accessory.”
Switch uses cartridges and a pro controller
Nintendo will also release a traditional controller, that can be used at home, or on the go. The Switch will use cartridges, called Gamecards. The Gamecard is inserted in the main Switch console. According to, the Verge:
Using GameCards is a good strategy for Nintendo’s hybrid device. Nintendo already uses flash memory for the DS, and games on cartridges are more portable than optical discs, are harder to pirate, and are harder to damage. (Especially in the hands of children, who remain the company’s core demographic.) They also eliminate the need for internal storage. Nintendo may be the only company relying on flash storage for gaming at the moment, but its unique case it makes a lot of sense.
Powered by Nvidia
The Switch is powered Nvidia’s custom Tegra processor, Nvidia stated that “it also supported by fully custom software, including a revamped physics engine, new libraries, advanced game tools and libraries. Nvidia additionally created new gaming APIs to fully harness this performance.”
We’ve only seen several games so far
Several games where revealed during the trailer, a new 3D Mario game was shown as well as, Skyrim: Definitive Edition, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, NBA 2K17, and possibly updated versions of Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon.
Third Party support
Nintendo has reveal that they have support of third party publishers, developers and middleware manufacturers. In the past Nintendo has failed to attracted significant third party support, while it’s first party games remain the standard, the absence of top third party games, left some fans wanting. It appears that Nintendo intend to reverse this with the Switch.
More to come from Nintendo
More details regarding pricing, the console, and launch games will be revealed in an upcoming Nintendo direct. Personally, I don’t care to play games on the go that much, but I know millions of gamers do. Nintendo has always done gaming their own way, and they continue that trend with this latest console. If they can get third party support, develop a good online community, this console could put Nintendo back on top. With all the rumors surrounding the Nintendo Switch there has been a lot of hype. I am personally more than satisfied with the result, I can’t wait until March 2017.
Support me on Patreon.