Nintendo is Releasing a new console.
Yep you heard that right. I mean if you’re a huge fanboy like I am you would have probably already have known. After the Wii U’s terrible launch and poor sales it’s no doubt Nintendo is scrambling for money. Recently Nintendo released the NES Classic, which featured 30 classic NES games pre built into the system already. Sad thing is its small, fragile and you can’t use your old NES cartridges with it. So even though the Nintendo Switch was officially announced last year, fans were more excited to get there hands on the NES Classic. Which sold out everywhere within minutes. Nintendo has yet to restock them at any stores.
Nintendo has used this technique in the past only with their Amiibo’s. Only releasing so many of them and then never restocking them until a year later. Because of this fans have literally gone into physical fights over this and scalping Amiibos for hundreds on ebay. It’s like Nintendo is allergic to money. Here’s hoping they actually restock the NES Classic soon. So because of all the excitement over the NES Classic people have completely forgotten about the Switch. The Nintendo Switch is set to release as of March 2017. According to EB Games they were sold out of preorders online and in store within minutes.
So what kind of features can we expect to see on this Nintendo Switch? At first glance the Switch is no more then a toaster looking Wii U. It comes with a docking station for the main controller which is a tablet styled handheld. (It’s barely a console at all). The controller then hooks up to two more controls which basically turns it into a game pad. The game pad also features a stand because apparently you will be playing it long enough to get tired of holding it. Good job Nintendo, always thinking about everyone’s health. The stand alone controllers also become wireless controllers. So by default the Switch comes with three controllers. Because of the Switches portability and size the Switch will not be able to take any DVD’s or Blue-Ray disk slots. Instead, the Switch will be stepping backwards and using game cartridges. So far the only official game that was announced is Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. However in the Nintendo Switch’s teaser trailer there was also a few other games shown such as Splatoon and Mario and well as some Third Party Content. That’s right. Nintendo is finally biting the bullet and allowing companies like Bethesda and Sega to make games for one of their consoles. This is a huge step for Nintendo. Below is a sample of what to expect for Third Party content for the Switch.
According to what was Seen in the teaser trailer you can also take the Switch with you on the go. This makes me question the Switch’s battery life and overall graphics and possessor. The tablet part of the Switch features a 6.2 inch screen and 720p graphics, ultimately making it better then the Wii U but still way behind the Xbox One and PS4. But when displayed on a TV the Switch will use 1080p graphics. If only Nintendo would actually catch up and use modern day tech. Seems to me like every time they release something the other companies are 5 steps ahead of them. Don’t get me wrong I will be getting the Switch myself but it won’t be for awhile. According to the specs, unlike the Wii U, the tablet must be plugged into the dock and wont offer two screen experience. So it sounds to me like Nintendo took a step back with that one. The Switch also offers a pro controller you can buy separately. It’s look and feel is a lot like an Xbox controller.
But get this. We all know Nintendo is great for being nostalgic. A function helps bring that to life. Most of you probably never had LAN parties when you were a kid. (Those were some good times). But according to the developers the Switch can connect up to eight other consoles for local wireless multiplayer. Great, time to pack up all 8 consoles and bring them over to a friends for a LAN party. Here’s hoping there’s enough outlets. I’ll get right on that. Good news is online multiplayer will be available for some games. BUT if you think you are going to get away with it being free you’re wrong. Nintendo will be offering a paid service after Fall 2017, until then it will be free. Details on how much that will be are not available at this time.
As for battery life Nintendo claims the tablet will have between two and half to six and a half hours of gameplay. That’s quite a gap. I’m already doubting the battery’s quality and how long before I’ll have to replace it for being damaged from so much charging. However, while using it’s battery power the system’s GPU will run at 307.2MHz, just 40% of its docked speed (768MHz). The docking station (aka the toaster) is apparently designed to be cheap to produce so Nintendo can sell additional docks to players to connect to multiple TV’s used throughout the household.
Accessories for the Switch so far include headphones, carrying pouches and screen protectors. Some accessories we can look forward to seeing is decals and more controller options.
So in conclusion this is a really big step for Nintendo, and a risky one. Here’s hoping the sales from the Switch can dig Nintendo out of the hole since the last two consoles they released completely flopped in sales. It looks to me since Nintendo is finally allowing Third Party content that it is highly possible that the Switch will do better then any other of their consoles. Time will only tell.