Even before Nintendo released the trailer, their market value jumped by about $1 billion. Ever since their initial announcement of the Nintendo NX as their next revolutionary progression that apparently is not intended to ‘replace’ the Wii U or the wildly popular Nintendo 3DS, the gaming world has been on edge. Since the Wii U has essentially fallen on its face due to the lack of game developer support from the larger studios, Nintendo fans have been quite worried about the future direction of the company. As with any new console from the big three (Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo), gamers are always eager to see where gaming is to go in the near future. With this trailer, I feel those worries are almost….ALMOST…laid to rest.
First of all, the ‘Switch’ is a great name given due to the ability for you to take parts of the controller and attach it to the main part of the console which also contains a screen.
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.
The video showed gamers playing the upcoming Zelda, Skyrim, a basketball game (which was probably NBA Live since 2K studios isn’t listed in the Press Release), Splattoon, Mario Kart, and a few other games on the go. To top things off, the ‘multiplayer face to face competition shown by the eSports bit near the end of the video shows that the console is meant to have the ability to play multiplayer games on the go. This will be particularly interesting considering the Vita seemed to always have issues with FPS games having good multiplayer response times. The effectiveness of this feature will be a nagging question for Nintendo until the Switch releases.
Also, with the lovely list of developers committed (including Bethesda, Ubisoft, Capcom, Electronic Arts, Square Enix, and Konami), the upcoming game list upon the console’s release will be the next stock price influencer. As witnessed by countless console releases, the launch day roster will greatly influence the first quarter of sales as well as the preorders. If Nintendo manages to tie this console into the existing eStore that players buy Wii and Wii U games from, then they may have a breakout hit on their hands even before anyone gets their hands on a console!
As seen with Pokémon Go, portability is a big tool that can be utilized if executed the right way. We’ll see what other features (camera, GPS, etc.) this console has as the mad dash for information commences.
Stay tuned as Geekswagg keeps their ears and hearts on the situation. Nintendo is beloved by ALL gamers regardless if they are fanboys of the other systems. It would be great to have the Triforce of power returned to the gaming universe once again!