Nintendo Switch

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Donovan Brooks

Shortly following the release of the larger titles for Nintendo’s Wii U, the console considered a massive failure, rumors started circling the internet about Nintendo’s new console codenamed NX by the gaming community. The NX was supposed to bring Nintendo back from this bottomless pit they had dug themselves into. It was rumored to be a hybrid between home and handheld console, to have a custom made NVIDIA GPU, and to have better performance than any Nintendo console to date.

For those who don’t understand what that means: it was going to be really good.

And last week Nintendo finally unveiled the long awaited project: its official name is the Nintendo Switch. Everyone’s hopes, speculations, and fears were answered in a single 3-minute video available at http://nintendo.com/switch.

The video revealed that Nintendo has answered many of the gaming community’s cries for improvements in their operation in general. The main Switch console takes the form of a tablet with two attached “Joy-Con” controllers, which slide out of the console and can be used by themselves or with an accessory to resemble a traditional controller, something that gamers have been asking to be included for many years now.

When the console is plugged into its Dock, the game is displayed on the screen that it is attached to; when not plugged in, the game shows up on the console itself, which can be taken anywhere.

However, some skeptics have expressed their concern for these boastful claims by Nintendo. It seems impossible for them to fit a GPU that is “based on the same architecture as the world’s top performing top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards” into their console and have it look as sleek as it does—let alone be taken anywhere. Furthermore, it’s unclear how the Switch is going to get enough power for the AAA performance that is showcased in the trailer; people are extremely doubtful of its battery life, as Nintendo has said nothing about it thus far. Aside from that, the tablet doesn’t look all that sturdy. No one will be happy if they take their console out and drop it, having to buy a new console.

On the bright side, Nintendo has finally gotten 3rd party support; the trailer’s reveal of Skyrim as a possible launch title for the Switch excited many people. Aside from Bethesda, several other companies have expressed their support for the Switch, in particular: Activision, ATLUS, CAPCOM, EA, FromSoftware, Havok, Telltale Games, TT Games, and Warner Bros. This list of developers has gamers hoping for titles from franchises that Nintendo doesn’t normally participate in, such as Dark Souls, Guilty Gear, and Shin Megami Tensei.

         Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said, “Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like. It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”

If he’s telling the truth, then there will be a lot of happy people in March 2017. Hopefully, there is a reason that Nintendo‘s stock went up by $1 billion after the release of this trailer. There are a lot of uncertainties surrounding the Nintendo Switch trailer, but one thing is clear: Nintendo is back, at least for a little while.