Nintendo has been relatively silent on the rumored NX console since they said they would not be revealing it at E3. Last night they announced on twitter that a preview trailer would be coming this morning and we would finally know what the console was like. Rumors that the console was a TV/mobile hybrid were confirmed, along with the name, Nintendo Switch.
You can watch the trailer below:
In the short 3 minute clip, you see the versatility of the controller as well as several games to be coming to the system. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which was confirmed to be coming to NX, was shown off early in the video. Skyrim Remastered, NBA 2k17, Mario Kart 8, Splatoon, and quick footage of a brand new 3D Mario game were also shown.
The screen appears to plug into a stand when playing on the TV so that you can't see the screen. Whenever you're ready to take it on the go you plug the two controller pieces into the screen and remove it from the stand. The two pieces of the controller also seem to be usable alone for multiplayer, meaning you can easily play multiplayer on the go with just the game screen and those two small controller attachements. The trailer shows that it can be used anywhere and isn't connected to some main power source like the Wii U. Nvidia also confirmed this morning that the system is using a Tegra chipset with a custom API called NVN. It's not known exactly how powerful this
Nintendo has confirmed several partners working on the Nintendo Switch including: From Software, Capcom, Square Enix, Bethesda, Atlus, and many more.
Nintendo Switch is currently releasing in March 2017. We know that Breath of the Wild will be a launch title, but no other details are currently known.
My Two Cents:
The Nintendo Switch looks incredible in theory. Something like this has never been tried to this scale. The Switch is proposing taking massive AAA games and playing them on the road. If Nintendo can properly deliver this hardware and have games to back it up, then the Switch should be a huge success. The versatility of the controllers is excellent as well. The ability to play multiplayer on the go with those little controller attachments seems awesome.
There are a lot of questions still. Will the games run as well as on the go? Will it be as powerful as an Xbox One or PS4? How will the system be cooled? What games are we getting other than ports of older games and a Mario game? Will those controllers be comfortable to play? Will it be easy to port games to it? However, for a first tease, this is really exciting and I can't wait to see more.