Nintendo has finally unveiled the Nintendo NX, or as it’s actually title, the “switch”.
The console is a hybrid portable/home console, easiest explained through the trailer below.
Now, the interesting thing here is that the controller attachments can be removed and used independently of one another, allowing for multiplayer games to be played on one “console” on the fly, or the system can be played solo as portable tablet like device.
First, this isn’t new technology. I’ve witness this design come, go, succeed and fail several times already. Most notably, the Nvidia Shield pushed the same concept, but it didn’t really have an impact on the games industry. Why? It was running Android games with no real developer support.
Where the Switch is different, it has Nintendo and it’s amazing lineup of IPs behind it, including Mario, Zelda, Monster Hunter, and much more. This is the defining difference here.
I, personally, and really liking the design. I like the idea of having a portable gaming tablet that actually has joysticks and proper buttons, the exact omission that’s kept me from mobile gaming for years now.
My concern, it’s not really a competitor for either the PS4 or the Xbox One. Instead, it’s its own subset genre that, to me, more replaces the Wii U and the 3DS. Now, this isn’t inherently a bad thing, and in fact it may open up the door for Nintendo as those who are interested in gaming on the go may only now need a single console. However, for me, I’m going to want a powerful system (PS4 Pro preordered for me) and this gadget if I want to have “cutting edge” graphics and a portable.
However, I’m wholly interested in the Switch and I feel like it’s something that can, and probably will, work. love the idea of lan parties, as this seems perfectly suitable for such an activity, and I can finally have a portable unit that, at least from the trialer, appears to have a decent screen AND decent games (Vita, you’re amazing but you have no games).
What’s left to see, the specs and price. Will it compete well enough for XB1 and PS4 ports to work on the system? Can it possibly compete with the PS4 pro and Scorpio around the corner? Third party support will be an important factor here. What will it cost? It’s competing with tablets now, the having a price tag above $350 would likely be suicide, especially with the PS4 at just $300.
It releases in March, so hopefully we’ll have more details soon.
Until then, is that a Mario 64 sequel I saw in the trailer? ??!?