Nintendo has unveiled its next games console, and, as expected, it’s a home/handheld hybrid. The Nintendo Switch is essentially a Wii U and DS combined into one neat little package. So it should, if everything goes according to plan, offer Nintendo fans the best of both worlds.
In its purest form, the Nintendo Switch is a tablet with controllers attached to both sides. This means you can carry it around and use it just as you would use a Nintendo DS. Just with a much bigger screen and, if the video is to be believed, much better graphics.
Still out and about, you can flick the kickstand, detach the controllers, and use the Switch as a portable games console. Kinda like an iPad with controllers. You can even use the controllers, called Joy-Con, independently, making multiplayer portable gaming a breeze.
The final piece of the puzzle is revealed when you get home. By slotting the Switch into the Switch Dock, it morphs into a home games console hooked up to your TV. In this mode you can use the Joy-Con as they are, or slot them into a Grip accessory which converts them into a more traditional controller. Or you can use the Nintendo Switch Pro, which looks just like a Wii U Pro controller.
The Nintendo Switch Garners Mixed Reactions
The Nintendo Switch has garnered mixed reactions so far. Some people are referring to it as the games console they have always wanted thanks to its ability to seamlessly adapt to any situation. Others think it’s an aberration that’s going to kill Nintendo as a hardware company. The truth, as always, is probably somewhere in-between.
This will appeal to a wide variety of gamers. Including kids who are Nintendo’s target audience, and big kids who travel a lot. However, it’s debatable whether the Switch will appeal to enough people to “do a Wii”. Nintendo will be hoping it doesn’t “do a Wii U” at the very least.
Gonna save you some waiting here. Smartphone/Tablet+Chromecast+BT controller. Bam. #nintendoswitch Load some emulators and you're G2G
— Super Nerd Land (@SuperNerdLand) October 20, 2016
The Nintendo Switch is due to be launched in March 2017. Nintendo will be releasing more details, including the price and launch titles, sometime between now and then. Expect more explanations of how the various modes work too, because right now it’s all a bit confusing.
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