Just in case you didn’t get online yesterday and see the (literally) MILLIONS of posts about it all over social media, news media, and well, just about everywhere else on the web, Nintendo is back! No, this is not a drill, yes, this is 100% legitmate, and in fact, let me repeat this for dramatic effect: NINTENDO. IS. BACK.
Yesterday, Nintendo officially announced its newest system – the Nintendo Switch (formerly known in little more than rumors as “Project NX”). Before we go any further with this, have a look at the OFFICIAL trailer released by Nintendo themselves yesterday (that by the way, is already at over TEN MILLION views in less than 24hrs as of the time of this writing)…
We’ll give you a moment to breathe and let that sink in.
You good? Okay! Let’s continue!
There’s obviously A LOT to get excited about for gamers of all ages here, and an awful lot of questions that many will undoubtedly have to boot. In fact, that video will probably leave you all with more questions than answers at this point. Which yes, was probably the point seeing as how it was a “teaser trailer” and all, but in the age of the almighty interwebs, who has time to wait??
Thankfully, the fine folks over at arsTECHNICA have written a fantastic article at their website compiling all of the answers that we can collectively muster, and put everything we know so far into one place. Rather than re-hash all of this, let’s just put the raw, unedited list right here:
(100% credit goes to arsTECHNICA and their respective cited sources, please don’t be mad at us guys, it’s just really great research!)
“Somehow, after watching yesterday’s three-minute teaser trailer for the newly renamed Nintendo Switch, we’ve been left with even more questions than we had when the system was still the completely mysterious “Project NX.” The biggest of those questions—price, tech specs, battery life, specific launch date and titles, whether it has a touchscreen, etc.—will likely remain unanswered for quite a while (maybe even until next year).
That said, in the day since the Nintendo Switch‘s coming-out party, a few tidbits of concrete information have dribbled out. Here’s a quick round-up of what we now know:
Nintendo confirmed to IGN that “the main unit of Nintendo Switch is the unit that has the LCD screen.” The dock’s main functions are TV output and power/charging, Nintendo said, which suggests the dock won’t actually have much in the way of additional hardware to enable higher-fidelity play on an HDTV.
The Switch can’t play physical 3DS or Wii U games:
This Destructoid translation of a Japanese Famitsu story confirms that the Switch will not play physical games from Nintendo’s most recent consoles. We’re not holding our breath that downloadable 3DS or Wii U titles will be supported, either, due to the internal architecture changes to the system’s processor. Older, downloadable Virtual Console titles aren’t out of the question, though.
Switch comes with two Joy-Con controllers (left and right) to snap onto that LCD screen, according to that Famitsu translation. Nintendo wouldn’t comment on whether the TV dock or Joy-Con “grip” handles come in the standard package, which strongly suggests that there could be lower-priced bundles that don’t include these “optional” accessories.
Skyrim and NBA 2K are not *actually* confirmed for the system
Despite being the only third-party titles to feature heavily in the Switch trailer, Bethesda and 2K Games both told Polygon they “couldn’t confirm whether either title was actually in development for the Switch.” That’s especially odd, since developers like Ubisoft and Square Enix have already announced their intentions to make specific games for the system.
Switch will support Unreal Engine 4:
This isn’t a huge surprise, since Epic Games was listed as a partner in yesterday’s trailer, but it’s still nice to get direct confirmation via tweet. While we’re at it, the system has Unity game engine support as well (much like pretty much every other device with a microprocessor).
Switch will support Nintendo Amiibo figures
Nintendo tells IGN that your figures will be recognized by compatible games on the new console. Great news if that’s your thing.”
Thanks to that fantastically assembled research, we now know a lot of what to expect, but are of course still left with some major questions. Needless to say, we will all know ALL the answers come March 2017 when the Nintendo Switch sees its official release, and of course if anything big surfaces in-between now and then, we’ll be sure to keep all of you dear readers up to date about it… right here at Nerd Nation!!
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