Nintendo have officially unveiled their latest home and mobile gaming system - no longer called the NX, their new console goes by the name, the Nintendo Switch, and it will be launching in March 2017. Announced via a trailer earlier today, the device looks to merge the home and portable gaming platforms, allowing users to quickly, and what appears to be rather easily, and "instantly" transition from controller, couch, tv-play, to being on-the-go.
The teaser trailer also shows a number of features that gamers are sure to find interesting. The ability to use the detachable controllers (known as Joy-Con Controllers) separate from the portable screen; the ability to use each of those Joy-Con controllers as a single controller itself - allowing for 2-player support from a single Switch; wireless multiplayer connectivity between multiple Switch's; the use of cartridges for storing games; the ability to choose between the detachable Joy-Con controllers and a more modern-styled controller with off-set thumbsticks (similar to the Xbox One controller), and the Joy-Con controllers "can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller."
In a statement on the official Nintendo of America website, Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America, had this to say regarding the new system:
“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like. It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”
While we don't know the exact line-up of titles for the Nintendo Switch, what we do know is that there were multiple games shown off in the teaser trailer. Those games included The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Splatoon, Skyrim: Definitive Edition, a new 3D Mario game, NBA 2K17, and Mario Kart 8.
On developing for the Switch, Nintendo stated that "developers can design their games supporting a variety of play styles, which gives gamers the freedom to choose an experience that best suits them." Which it seems a number of 3rd party developers will doing, as Nintendo also supplied a list of 48 companies that will be working with them to craft experiences for the system, the list is as follows:
Today’s video incorporated short glimpses of representative gameplay to demonstrate the liberating nature of the Nintendo Switch home gaming system. Full game demonstrations, the list of launch window titles, as well as launch date, price, product configuration and related specifics, will be shown and announced prior to the March launch.
At this time it is unknown what the full line-up of launch titles will be, nor do we have an exact release date, but we do know that the Nintendo NX, now known as the Nintendo Switch, will be releasing in March, 2017.