Nintendo Switch wants gamers to continue home adventures on the go
Nintendo has finally kept the world in suspense long enough, announcing its new home and handheld console combination, the Nintendo Switch, to be released in March 2017.
Long known as Nintendo NX, a video released by Nintendo showcased the portability of Switch as a play anywhere, take your game with you video game experience. There were also snippets of remastered and new titles, include what appears to be an open world Mario game.
There was no mention on price or any potential bundles for Switch at launch. There was also no mention of battery life, a concern for any handheld, portable gaming console.
The new console boasts “the mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system.” A Switch dock, containing Switch, will connect to a home television or monitor.
To enable portable mode, lift the Switch out of the dock and continue the same games being played at home. A controller, called a Joy-Con, can remain as a single unit at home, but it can break down into side controllers for the Switch or remain connected wirelessly and act similarly to Wii controllers.
There is also an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for those who prefer a more traditional controller. The video did not show anyone using the Switch as a touch screen, but there were lots of examples of play at home, play on the go.
Inside the Switch will be a NVIDIA Tegra processor. The company said the processor “includes an NVIDIA GPU based on the same architecture as the world’s top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards. includes an NVIDIA GPU based on the same architecture as the world’s top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards.”
The video showed many different titles, including a likely remastered Skyrim, NBA 2K, Splattoon, potentially a new Mario Kart, and an open world adventure starring Mario. Dozens of AAA developers are planning to put their games on Switch.
Nintendo said full game demonstrations, the list of launch window titles, as well as launch date, price, product configuration and related specifics, will be shown and announced prior to the March launch.
If Switch does take off as a handheld gaming console, it could spell the end for the very popular Nintendo 3DS handheld console. There was no announcement about how Switch would impact the Wii U home console, although Switch is expected to replace the Wii U.