Nintendo of America revealed the first look at their new home console, previously known as the NX but now unveiled as the Nintendo Switch, in a new video today. It’s the world-changing video game company’s first home console in almost five years; the Wii U was released during the holiday season of 2012 and the Switch to drop in March 2017.
In the three-minute video, the new system was revealed to feature a number of conformations of consoles, controllers, and screens. Yeah, the Switch will be both a home console system and a portable device, but it’s easily aiming to be the most flexible combo system in the history of the video game industry. And while I can’t wait to get my hands on the hardware, the games promised are just as enticing: We see glimpses of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild which has already been demo’d and will be released with the console (!), as well as shots of Skyrim, an NBA game, and a newly revealed Super Mario game. Get excited!
Watch the reveal of the Nintendo NX below (via Nintendo of America):
Introducing 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.
Here’s what Nintendo had to say in a press release:
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.
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.; Bethesda; CAPCOM CO., LTD.; Codemasters®; CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.; DeNA Co., Ltd.; Electronic Arts; Epic Games Inc.; Firelight Technologies; FromSoftware, Inc.; Frozenbyte; GameTrust; GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC．; Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc.; HAMSTER Corporation; Havok; 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; UBISOFT; Ubitus Inc.; Unity Technologies, Inc.; Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment; Web Technology Corp