1 year and 7 months after its initial announcement during a press conference, codename “NX” has finally been revealed!
“Nintendo Switch”, NX’s official name, will be a hybrid system, capable of playing games at home on the big screen, or on the go.
The console itself is a tablet like device. When at home, you place it in the “Dock” which is used to charge the Switch, and display the games onto your TV.
The controller consists of three parts. “Joy-Con L”, “Joy-Con R”, and “Joy-Con Grip”.
When you want to take the Switch with you on the go, you slide out Joy-Con L & R from the Grip, and then slide them into the sides of the tablet to create a fully portable gaming system.
A “Switch Pro Controller” was also shown off in the reveal trailer. Its a more traditional looking controller, similar to the Xbox & PlayStation, or even the “Wii U Pro Controller”. It is unclear if it will be packed in with the Nintendo Switch, or if it will be a separate purchase.
The trailer also showed off some games running on the system. Some we already knew about, and others….not so much.
The first game shown was “The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild”. Launching next year for both Wii U AND Nintendo Switch.
Later, Skyrim was featured being played on the Switch. This one was a curve-ball that no one expected! Bethesda, the development company behind Skyrim, later stated:
“while we are not confirming any specific titles at this time, we are pleased to announce our partnership with Nintendo and support of the Switch.”
It’s very strange that Bethesda is unwilling to confirm a game that was very clearly shown in the official Nintendo Switch trailer. Could it be too good to be true?
The next game that was showed off was a new Mario Kart title. It was a very brief segment, and at first glance you might think it’s just a port of Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U. If you look closer, you can see that there are two item slots featured in the top right corner, instead of one, similar to Mario Kart: Double Dash for the Nintendo GameCube. You could also see King Boo as a playable character, which was also in Double Dash. Could this be Double Dash 2? Or perhaps Mario Kart 9?
NBA 2k17 was also shown off in the reveal trailer.
After, a scene was shown where you could see a brand new Mario game! It appears to be in the style of the traditional 3D Mario games such as; Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. It does however, seem to have some sort of spin to it in some way. Almost as though it’s a cross between Mario 64 and Super Mario 3D World gameplay wise. We’ll have to wait until full details are revealed.
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The last game that was featured was Splatoon….2? It’s hard to tell with the short amount of gameplay footage we actually got to see. There were a few differences that were found in the gameplay of THIS Splatoon, compared to the version on the Wii U. For one, a new map was being played that we have never seen before, and for two, you could see new hair styles on the inklings, which means avatar customization is available. Could this be just a Wii U Splatoon port with a few extra features, or maybe SplaTWOn? It’s two early to know.
Many 3rd Party developers have been confirmed to be partners with Nintendo for the Switch. Featured in the image below.
It’s a pretty solid list. Now let’s just hope they all stick to it!
There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered about the Switch.
How long is the battery life?
What’s the size of the screen?
What are the Consoles Specs?
What games are releasing on it?
How much will it cost?
Sadly, it looks like we might not get these questions answered for at least another 2 months.
Takashi Mochizuki, a Wall Street Journal reporter in Japan, reported on Twitter, that Nintendo will not be revealing any more information on the Switch until 2017.
If this is true, would it be a bad marketing strategy on Nintendo’s part? Going silent for a year and a half, drop a reveal trailer out of nowhere, and then go silent for another few months?
I guess we’ll find out in the coming weeks.
Rumors, “leaks”, and speculation about Nintendo’s next console spread like wildfire prier to today’s unveiling. Some totally insane, others almost spot on!
Back in July, Eurogamer, a popular gaming news site in Europe, reported:
“Nintendo NX is a portable console with detachable controllers, it also connects to your TV, and runs cartridges.”
Almost everything in that article turned out to be true. You can read the article for yourself to find out more.
Many mock-ups were made based off of this report. Some of which, where very close to the real thing! Some were created months before the Nintendo Switch was officially announced!
Above artwork created by: Eurogamer.com
Above artwork created by: Biglobe.ne.jp
Above artwork created by: ChrisRo on NeoGaf
Above artwork created by: Pittree on NeoGaf
All of these are very close to the real thing!
So, the NX is finally here! Or should I say “The Switch” is finally here!
What are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to its release in March 2017? Will you be buying one?
Let us know in the comments below!