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Friday, October 21, 2016

Nintendo unveils NX as "Nintendo Switch", merges consoles and handhelds

News by Clark A.

Nintendo's upcoming hardware project was first mentioned during March last year, but the information supply since then has been slim pickings to say the least. Naturally, hundreds of theories and so-called "leaks" flooded the internet in that announcement's wake, but today we can finally put our imaginations to rest. Yes, Nintendo has finally revealed the Wii U's successor in a brief but poignant three minute announcement trailer. Surprisingly, many people were right on the money with the premise behind what is now known as the Nintendo Switch.

Worlds collide

You can watch the reveal trailer below and pick it apart for extra information, but here are the core details touched upon in the announcement:

  • - The Switch has a base that connects to the television but also a standalone handheld that snaps off from the central unit
  • - In console mode, the Switch uses a semi-conventional wireless controller with grips. It has removable buttons, however, which can then bookend the tablet device to form a handheld.
  • - The handheld unit does not need the buttons attached at all times. In fact, it comes equipped with a stand for comfortably watching videos from a distance
  • - The removable buttons can become smaller controllers on the go, which are then used for wireless gameplay. The system supports multiplayer, console-level games on the go.
  • - Splatoon, Mario Kart, a new 3D Mario title, and Skyrim were shown in action

It does seem like the Wii U's logical successor in terms of concept. The platform is still on track for the previously announced March 2017 release date.

Of course, the software is always crucial to any games device. Confirmed titles include Just Dance 2017, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Dragon Quest X and XI, and an unnamed Sonic game from Sega. I imagine the titles demonstrated today will turn out to be more than tech demos too, but we'll see how things pan out. In the meantime, whet your appetite with a partial list of Nintendo Switch publishers and developers:

Did Nintendo's latest hardware concept live up to your expectations? What games would you like to see land on the console?

- Clark A. 
Anime Editor
Nintendo unveils NX as "Nintendo Switch", merges consoles and handhelds
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