The Nintendo NX has finally been unveiled for us as the Nintendo Switch, a portable hybrid console that comes with detachable controllers.
An announcement trailer shows various ways in which you can play games on the new console. Beginning with the traditional method of using standard controllers with your television set. However, a unit fitted into the console-base can be released to function as a handheld-device. Doing so transitions the game from the TV on to the smaller screen.
A pair of detachable controllers on either side of the handheld-device can also be taken out to be held separately in each hand. In the case of local multiplayer, each controller can be used by two players. Additionally, multiple Nintendo Switch consoles can be brought together for multiplayer via two screens.
The announcement trailer shows a number of games coming to the console, including our anticipated release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, what looks to be the remastered version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Splatoon, NBA 2K17, and an enhanced version of Mario Kart 8. There’s a new Mario game in there as well which looks fairly similar to Super Mario 3D World.
Nintendo has taken the idea of traveling with your console anywhere to a whole new playing field. A number of third-party developers have announced support for the console. This list includes Activision, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Capcom, From Software, Konami, Platinum Games, Square Enix, Atlus, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, and Warner Bros. There are many others as well.
While we still don’t have the specifications of the console, it has been revealed that the console is powered by Nvidia’s custom Tegra processor.
For the entirety of 2016, we’ve been swimming in rumors and speculations from industry insiders that hinted at a hybrid console with the green team at its back. Almost all of those rumors have turned out to be true.