Well earlier in the week, Nintendo dropped a bombshell with the reveal of their next console … formerly known as the Nintendo NX, now named Nintendo Switch … a great name and I’d say a great concept. Give the video below a quick look…
I love the idea that it’s both a home console you hook up to your HDTV and also a portable console, seamlessly transforming just from removing the device from it’s docking station and going wherever to continue your gaming. How the control pad transforms allowing the user to remove the two ‘joy-cons’ and then attach them to the portable version. Very clever and something I could easily see myself utilising, for times someone either wants the TV I’m using or I simply want to sit elsewhere and carry on with my game. From the video things I can’t see taking off is the two-player bits where people use those tiny controllers and game on the same screen … er no, Nintendo nobody’s going to be doing that. Also unconfirmed reveals of ‘The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim’ and ‘NBA 2K17’ running on the system, is a slight concern despite both games being shown in the video – why is 2K and Bethesda being so cagey?? Also that footage of ‘Mario’ looks worrying like a run-into-the-screen mobile game and not necessarily the Mario 64 successor some people are hyping it to be. Yet I don’t think anyone can dismiss how good the new ‘Zelda’ looks.
Questions still remain though. We have no price as of yet. We don’t really have any confirmed games other than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and well, is that a touch-screen? I’m guessing it will be. Third party support has been confirmed as having all the big publishers like Activision and EA (see below), which could mean the usual drought of games for a Nintendo system may not be a concern this time … only time will tell.
For now I’m optimistically excited for what Nintendo reveal next and the initial reveal of the system has me waning a Nintendo system again. So they’re doing something right.
I’m not at all convinced that Ninendo haven’t missed the boat here. They clearly can’t compete with Sony or Microsoft in raw power stakes and the mobile gaming scene has been hijacked by smartphones. Has the beloved Nintendo been left behind like Sega years before? The Switch just seems a year or two too late already.
I don’t know if I’ll be buying this, but it does look like an interesting system.