The Nintendo Switch was officially unveiled today via a world premier trailer. Although "Switch" is a better console name than the placeholder "NX", it's not really rolling off the tongue yet. Then again we all made fun of the Wii name and look how that turned out (sold over 100 million consoles worldwide).
As expected, the console will offer both handheld and home console gaming capabilities in one unit. They're hedging their bets. Leveraging a very successful handheld gaming business to bolster the home console side. Wii U is widely considered a misstep after a very successful Wii dominated the home console industry for a few years.
The full scoop from Nintendo's official press release:
Nintendo provided the first glimpse of its new home gaming system and revealed that it is called Nintendo Switch. In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.
At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. It brings the full home gaming system experience with you to the park, on an airplane, in a car, or to a friend’s apartment.
Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.
“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”
Developers can design their games supporting a variety of play styles, which gives gamers the freedom to choose an experience that best suits them. Some of the publishers, developers and middleware partners announcing support for Nintendo Switch are as follows:
Still waiting for a launch price and if the Nintendo Switch will support previous formats like 3DS games or Wii U games. Will the 3DS and the Switch co-exist or will the 3DS be phased out in favor of the Switch? I'm sure we'll discuss this and much more about the new Nintendo console on the next podcast episode (Ep129).
What do you think of this reveal? Interested? Wait and see approach? Comment below and we'll include it in the podcast discussion next week.