It seems like I’ve been waiting forever for the announcement of the Nintendo switch but on January 13th there was a live announcement with all the features. For those of you who don’t know what the Nintendo Switch is here is some intel. The Nintendo Switch also known as the NX is Nintendo’s latest console. It was announced back in October 2016 and the official release date will be the 3rd of March 2017 worldwide. The unique feature about the NX is that it’s similar to a tablet. It features two detachable controllers on both sides of the NX called the Joy-Con. These controllers can be used individually or attached to a grip, which lets you play as a normal gamepad controller. The NX comes with a docking station, which you can take the NX out of and connect the NX to the TV with.
Here is what we know, Nintendo started off sharing the features of the new Joy-Con controller; the controllers will be available in neon blue and neon red as well as standard grey. As well as the square button on the left Joy-Con having a capture button for pictures of gameplay the right Joy- Con controller has an IR camera that can determine the shapes and distance of objects. Both the left and right controller will have an accelerometer and a gyroscope for Wii like motion controls and will have an advanced haptic feedback, Nintendo are calling this “HD Rumble”, lastly the Joy-Con controllers have individual shoulder buttons which are on the inside of the controller. This is to use when separated for co-operative play, they also have a strap accessory that clips on the inside of the controller for motion gameplay.
As I mentioned at the start of this article the NX is similar to a tablet, the screen is battery powered with an LCD screen which is only 6.2 inches, so it’s a small console. The screen supports 720p which I’m sure will please a lot of people. There is a USB – c port for charging when you have it out of the dock and includes slots for a game card these will be cartridge-based a lot like the Nintendo DS. On the side of the console, there are rails, which you can slide the Joy-con controller in and out of to use. The great thing about the doc is that you will be able to slide the console into it with or without the Joy-Con controllers attached to it and can charge the console through the dock as well as the controllers.
The games for the switch have been released now over the past few weeks and 65 different games have been confirmed for the switch, some of which are tempting me to get a Nintendo Switch for myself, but with a retail price of £279.99 I don’t think that will be happening anytime soon! I won’t be listing all the games for the Switch as there are too many, but I will be listing some that I personally would buy for it:
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim;
- Minecraft – Switch edition;
- The Binding of Issac: Afterbirth;
- Sonic Mania;
- Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers;
- Seasons of Heaven;
- Pokemon (title to be announced);
- The Sacred Hero.
Out of the nine that I have chosen I would say that Seasons of Heaven and The Cacred Hero appeals to me the most, they look beautiful from the trailers I have seen and no doubt will be the two games that will make me end up buying the Switch (once it goes down in price). The Sacred Hero will also be available on PC but unfortunately Seasons of Heaven will be exclusive to Nintendo switch. If players want to play Multiplayer games online there will be a fee which is basically the same as what Microsoft and Sony do for their consoles. Not having an online services used to be a huge upside to Nintendo but times are changing now and the fee will allow you to voice chat, download a classic game and you will be able to access discounts. What are your thoughts on the Nintendo Switch, will it be your next console purchase?