Codenamed Nintendo NX for a long time, the video game company has finally unveiled the actual console hardware trailer, as well as the official name: Nintendo Switch.
Based on what we can see in the trailer, as well as a few other sources, the system is a combination of a handheld devices as well as a home console. The controller pulls apart on either side and connects directly to the portable screen, which allows you to take your game with you on the go. You can also set the screen down and remove the remote controllers from the side and continue to play your games. Not to mention there is also a normal-looking controller more in style with what we’re used to from the Xbox One and Playstation 4.
The console actually looks like an evolved version of the WiiU, which allowed for handheld gaming using the same games as the system, but a lot more thought has gone into the Nintendo Switch. It also appears that the console will run games on cartridges similar to SD cards instead of DVD style media.
I honestly haven’t been a Nintendo person since the Wii came out and even then, once the hype wore off, it sat around and collected dust until it finally broke and I threw it away. And because of that, I don’t think I will be jumping on the Nintendo Switch anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s pretty damn cool. I know a lot of people out there that will probably pick this up when it comes out and I’ll definitely want to come over and check it out. I just hope the novelty of the whole thing doesn’t wear off like the Wii did. I’m also not sure if building in the handheld/portable device is the way to go these days. Microsoft and Sony allow their consoles to be played remotely as well, but on any compatible device. And I get that the Switch appears to have all the console hardware built into the screen platform, so you don’t need an internet connection (at least I hope), so you won’t get any of that lag you get when remotely playing Xbox One or Playstation 4… so that’s definitely a positive. I’m just not sure, but it’s definitely innovative.
So we’ll see what happens with this. I do think it’s a cool, unique, idea and I’m interested to see the reception, but like I said, it’s not for me at this point in my life. Maybe if my daughter was a little bit older and was into gaming, then maybe I could see picking one up for her to play on, but I’m married to my Xbox One at this point and while Zelda is enticing, it’s not worth $299 just to play… sorry Nintendo.
So what do you guys think of the Nintendo Switch? Does the announcement excite you? Do you think you’ll pick one of these up?