Nintendo finally reveals the true name of the NX, which is now officially known as the Nintendo Switch. And in a classic Nintendo way, they premiered it with the fancy video you see above. It’s been less than a week, and I’ve had a little time to ruminate over everything they have shown. However, I have to wonder, is the Switch everything we have dreamed of?
What the Nintendo Switch Offers?
First and foremost, the Nintendo Switch is a concept that we could only dream off, combining a console and handheld into one. Play your games at home, and when you are ready to leave, you can play the new system on the go. Simply attach the Joy Con controllers, remove the console from the dock, and its screen turns on.
While we have yet to see it live and in action, if Nintendo was bold enough to announce something like this, then it must work. Companies like Sony have tried ideas like this before, but it never fully came to fruition. With the PS Vita, the connectivity was spotty at best, and Remote Play really only works if you are home. The Switch is a similar concept, but the Nintendo’s presentation makes it look effortless.
Great Takeaways and Some Precautions
Now it’s time to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly. The Switch showed an exciting trailer, and in three minutes, it gets us excited but also raises a few questions.
The Good – I’m thoroughly impressed by the combination of the Wii and Wii U’s best features, especially with the controllers. The Joy Con is versatile and looks to be the natural evolution of the Wii remote. Add in the fact that it can be separated into two controllers for multiplayer, and you could say it’s downright revolutionary. The new pro controller also gives people, who want a more traditional play style, what they want.
The Bad – We may have suffered a loss, people. Not only the loss of the touchscreen but the loss of the dual screens as well. While Nintendo has yet to release any specifications, the trailer shows no hint of the system being a touchscreen. And if the system is successful, we may see the end of the 3DS and the dual screens, whether Nintendo wants to admit it or not.
The Ugly – What!?? NO METROID ANNOUNCEMENT!!!! I’m just kidding. It’s third-party games. Nintendo does have a list of collaborators, but until the console drops, it remains to be seen how long they will stay. What is also troublesome is the fact that we see third-party games, like Skyrim and NBA 2K17, running on the system, no company has yet to confirm that they are working on the Switch.