Thursday, October 20, 2016

Nintendo Reveals Next Console

Previously code-named the NX, the Nintendo Switch has now been officially revealed in a trailer published by Nintendo earlier today.

The Nintendo Switch console evidently slots into a stand that connects to your TV for the standard home console experience. The Switch's controllers, however, have the option of being attached to a sort of shell that gives them the form of a traditional game controller or being slid into the Switch itself and be taken on the go like as a mobile game device, similar to the Wii U gamepad but without the need for proximity to a base console. The transition between the TV mode and mobile mode shown in the trailer was entirely seamless and required no pausing of gameplay or sifting through menu options. In addition to inserting the two controllers into the Switch itself, players are apparently also able to play with the Switch in mobile mode with the two controllers detached from both the shell and the Switch. Furthermore, these two controllers can even be used independently of each other by two players for some multiplayer games. An additional, more traditional controller without the detachable sides was also shown. The trailer also confirms the rumor that games would be stored on cartridges.

On the software side of things, the trailer showed the Nintendo Switch with several different games, some of which were more surprising to see than others. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was obviously shown, but we also saw brief glimpses a thus-far unannounced 3D Mario game, a thus-far unannounced Mario Kart, NBA 2K17, and, perhaps most surprisingly, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Also shown was footage of a what was either a new Splatoon game or simply Splatoon with some new hairstyle options.

The trailer did not give a specific release date other than the already-known March 2017 and we still have no listed price for the console.

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