Nintendo is known for hiding little things in its trailers. With its new gaming system officially unveiled, the Nintendo Switch is looking like it has a lot to offer. Unfortunately Nintendo is keeping official game announcements under wraps at the moment, but if we look closely at the various games being played in the video we begin to notice some very interesting tidbits.
The first game shown off for the new system is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. At first glance this doesn’t seem like anything special, except as the video progresses we see that you can take the tablet-looking device out of the dock and snap on controllers to both sides to continue playing on the go. As rumors had suggested, these attachable pieces feature an analog stick and four action buttons, which can be utilized while snapped on the device and also as wireless controllers for single or multiplayer gaming.
Moving forward a bit we see someone in an airport playing on the tablet device and placing a cartridge inside the Switch. The cart, although most likely a prototype, definitely looks thicker than what we’ve seen with the 3DS and DS cards. The rumors have been that Nintendo would have 32 GB of storage as a standard option for their media, but of course we don’t know this to be fact just yet. Still, one would assume they’d have to be big enough to adequately hold the information needed for console-sized games, which leads me to my next point: Skyrim! For the first time ever, it looks like Bethesda is on board with Nintendo. As a matter of fact, the video probably shows off more footage of this game than any other. Whether or not it’s the new remastered version remains to be seen. I do like that the screen has a built-in kickstand to allow users to place it where they like and use the wireless controllers to sit back and enjoy gaming.
When at home, gamers will have the option to use the new Nintendo Switch Pro Controller which has a button layout similar to the Xbox One, complete with a traditional D-Pad. What’s interesting is that the Joy-Con controllers (the ones that attach and detach from the screen) don’t have D-Pads. Although surely not required, it does appear that while playing games on the TV, the Pro controller will be the ideal solution. It does feature multiple buttons, including the now-traditional Home button that Nintendo has been utilizing. It also features a button that’s unmarked, which is probably similar to the Share button seen on the PlayStation 4 controllers.
In the next scene from the debut trailer, we see some guys playing Mario Kart. At first glance it appears it could be a port of Mario Kart 8. However, there are some differences here. First up, it shows that the racers can now hold two items instead of one, which brings back memories of the GameCube Mario Kart: Double Dash. Second, King Boo is a racer this time around, and he was absent from the Wii U version. However, the track that they show being played is Yoshi Circuit, originally on GameCube and recently in the DLC for Mario Kart 8. So, this could be an enhanced port or simply a brand new Mario Kart 9. I will say that the part where it shows the two guys playing Mario Kart in the van using the two detachable pieces looks very uncomfortable and small, but of course until I place them in my own hands it’s hard to say.
The next game shown off is an NBA game, presumably NBA 2K17. It’s pretty cool that you can wirelessly link up (like the 3DS) and play multiplayer games with your own screens. In this example it shows 2 Nintendo Switches linked up to allow for 4 players to compete at the same time. It’s nice to see Nintendo garnering some western third party support once again.
A new Mario game was shown off very briefly. It looks like a return to the 3D games like Super Mario 64, Sunshine, and Galaxy. This is a very welcome sight and I can’t wait to learn more about it. The graphics looked great and it could possibly have a multiplayer component to it as well, since the video shows the woman taking the game with her outside and then shows her friend playing alongside her.
The final game shown off in the video is Splatoon. There are slight graphical differences from the Wii U version, with some different styles of clothes being worn by the players. It shows how multiple people can play locally by bringing their Switches with them. They even show off a tournament setting that looks like something that could actually happen in real life. Like Mario Kart, it’s unclear whether this is a full blown sequel or a revamp of the original.
Overall I was very satisfied with the short unveil video. I think Nintendo gets it message across this time, much better than the Wii U ever did. I’m eager to learn the price point, launch games, and specs of the device. I am happy that it didn’t receive a delay and that it’s still on track for March, 2017. It’s hard to believe in five months we will have a brand new Nintendo system to enjoy! What did you think of the unveil? Did you notice any other small details from the video? Let us know in the comments below!
In an introductory video released today (http://www.nintendo.com/switch), 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:
- 505 Games
- Activision Publishing, Inc.
- ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co., Ltd.
- ATLUS CO., LTD.
- Audiokinetic Inc.
- Autodesk, Inc.
- BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
- CAPCOM CO., LTD.
- CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.
- DeNA Co., Ltd.
- Electronic Arts
- Epic Games Inc.
- Firelight Technologies
- FromSoftware, Inc.
- GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC．
- Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc.
- HAMSTER Corporation
- INTI CREATES CO., LTD.
- KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.
- Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
- LEVEL-5 Inc.
- Marvelous Inc.
- Maximum Games, LLC
- Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
- Parity Bit Inc.
- PlatinumGames Inc.
- RAD Game Tools, Inc.
- RecoChoku Co., Ltd.
- SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
- Silicon Studio Corporation
- Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
- SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
- Starbreeze Studios
- Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
- Telltale Games
- THQ Nordic
- Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.
- TT Games
- Ubitus Inc.
- Unity Technologies, Inc.
- Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Web Technology Corp
Today’s video incorporated short glimpses of representative gameplay to demonstrate the liberating nature of the Nintendo Switch home gaming system. 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.