The specs on the Nintendo Switch haven’t been officially released, however, leaks have suggested that it’s not more powerful than the PS4. According to Venturebeat, two sources stated that “the Switch uses Nvidia’s last-generation Maxwell graphics-processing architecture. Nvidia introduced its new Pascal architecture earlier this year, but that technology is not ready for the Tegra chip going into the Switch. The custom Maxwell Tegra (which uses a 20nm process as opposed to the more efficient 16nm process of the Pascal) in the machine is still powerful enough to play Nintendo-style games that rely on quality art over horsepower, but don’t expect Switch software to match the graphical fidelity of the highest-end PS4 games.”
The sources suggested that due to time limitations, Nintendo rushed the production of the Switch. While many fans might be disappointed, according to market researcher Jon Peddie of Jon Peddie Research, “the site that it likely won’t matter if the Switch is underpowered compared to the competition.” He continued, “”I don’t see Nintendo’s strategy as a risk,” he said. “Too many pundits and fanboys and investors make a serious mistake when they try to compare and contrast Nintendo with Sony and Microsoft. Nintendo has a niche in the affordable, accessible product, and performance is never a leading criteria for them. It is gameplay and immersion. They are never a technology pioneer. Trying to compare Nintendo to Sony is like comparing a Volkswagen to a Corvette. It’s a facetious and fallacious analogy and a discredit to fans who love Nintendo.”
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Seasons of Heaven
Nintendo Switch exclusive: Seasons of Heaven was revealed in a teaser trailer. Seasons of Heaven is developed by AnyArts productions, the game is “based on a French book of the same name, which tells the tale of how centuries of mistreating the environment led to humanity’s “greatest purge ever known.” The game’s protagonist is a young boy named Yann, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, and is accompanied in the game by his French bulldog Ani (a superb name by the way). The game is the studio’s first-ever project, and is being built in Unreal Engine 4.“
Super Mario Run released
Super Mario Run has been released and it has been suggested that it will be a massive hit. According to gamespot, “It does not appear that the auto-runner, in which you control Mario with one hand as he runs through colorful environments filled with obstacles and enemies.” Research firm SuperData “said in a note this week that it expects Super Mario Run to reach around 30 million downloads and bring in $60 million in its first month.”
Super Mario Run is free to download, but pay $10 to unlock everything it has to offer.
According to Gamespot, “Noted analyst Serkan Toto previously predicted that Super Mario Run would reach 1 billion downloads “easily,” making it one of the most popular smartphone games in history. One billion downloads is not an unprecedented feat in the mobile gaming world, as Temple Run and Angry Birds have reached that mark, but the major, important distinction is that this figure is for multiple games in those franchises.”