It’s been five years since Nintendo launched a gaming system and the wait is finally over. The company unveiled the latest Nintendo Switch yesterday with a worldwide presentation from Tokyo, Japan. The confirmed release date of the highly anticipated “play anywhere” system is March 3, 2017 and will sell for $399 (CDN).
Nintendo Switch home video game system allows players to “switch” how they want to play. It not only connects to a TV at home, but it also instantly transforms into an on-the-go handheld. Now players can enjoy a full home-console experience anytime, anywhere. Nintendo has mentioned that this new system has “inherited DNA” from past consoles and devices bringing some of the most-loved features into one. Stay tuned! We’ll look forward to experiencing what it can do hopefully in the near future! (By the way, you’ll want to keep an eye on Nintendo’s social media accounts as they will be announcing consumer events in the coming weeks).
The system will include the main console, Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R) controllers, a Joy-Con grip (to which two Joy-Con are attached and used as one controller), a set of Joy-Con wrist straps, a Nintendo Switch dock (which holds the main console and connects it to a TV), an HDMI cable and an AC adapter.
The Joy-Con can be used independently in each hand, or together as one game controller when attached to the Joy-Con grip. They can also attach to the main console for use in handheld mode, or be shared with friends for two-player action in supported games.
Nintendo Switch also contains a number of built-in features that make it more interactive. The left Joy-Con has a Capture Button that players can press to take instant screenshots of gameplay to share with friends on social media. The right Joy-Con includes an NFC touchpoint for interaction with amiibo figures, as well as an IR Motion Camera that can detect the distance, shape and motion of nearby objects in specially designed games. For example, it can tell how far away a player’s hand is, and even if the hand is forming a rock, paper or scissors shape. Both Joy-Con include advanced HD Rumble, which can provide compatible games with subtle vibrations that are much more realistic than before. The effect is so detailed that a player could, for example, feel the sensation of individual ice cubes colliding inside a glass when shaking a Joy-Con. With HD Rumble players can experience a level of realism not possible through sights and sounds alone.
As for games, there are over 80 games currently in development for Nintendo Switch. Select First-Party games will be launching this year including 1-2-Switch (releasing alongside the system in March), ARMS features a multiplayer fighting sports experience wth players using extendable arms that will introduce a new cast of characters, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, and Super Mario Odyssey.
We’ll be curious to see if existing gamers, who are devoted to specific gaming titles, will “switch” up their systems immediately, but having said that, Nintendo Switch does looks it has a lot of potential and growth that may be attractive to a new generation of players.