The Nintendo NX's Official Name and More Revealed

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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:

  • 505 Games
  • Activision Publishing, Inc.
  • ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co., Ltd.
  • ATLUS CO., LTD.
  • Audiokinetic Inc.
  • Autodesk, Inc.
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
  • Bethesda
  • CAPCOM CO., LTD.
  • Codemasters®
  • CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.
  • DeNA Co., Ltd.
  • Electronic Arts
  • Epic Games Inc.
  • Firelight Technologies
  • FromSoftware, Inc.
  • Frozenbyte
  • GameTrust
  • GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC.
  • Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc.
  • HAMSTER Corporation
  • Havok
  • INTI CREATES CO., LTD.
  • KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.
  • Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
  • LEVEL-5 Inc.
  • Marvelous Inc.
  • Maximum Games, LLC
  • Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
  • Parity Bit Inc.
  • PlatinumGames Inc.
  • RAD Game Tools, Inc.
  • RecoChoku Co., Ltd.
  • SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
  • Silicon Studio Corporation
  • Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
  • SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
  • Starbreeze Studios
  • Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
  • Telltale Games
  • THQ Nordic
  • Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.
  • TT Games
  • UBISOFT
  • Ubitus Inc.
  • Unity Technologies, Inc.
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Web Technology Corp

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.



 

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Comments Comments (27)

 
Posted by drunk_monk
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 5:55 AM
5
Damn that has me curious
 
 
 
Posted by Ron
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 6:09 AM
5
Nintendo you have my attention!
 
 
 
Posted by LukeB
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 6:16 AM
6
Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha! As I'm falling back to sleep (after writing the news), I realise the acronym for the Nintendo Switch is the NS... pronounced N-eS.

It's literally the new NES!!
 
 
 
Posted by atipuss
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 6:19 AM
2
Wow the list of companies looks great!! :)
 
 
 
Posted by atipuss
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 6:19 AM
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21 October 2016, 06:16 AM Reply to LukeB
Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha! As I'm falling back to sleep (after writing the news), I realise the acronym for the Nintendo Switch is the NS... pronounced N-eS.

It's literally the new NES!!
Omg amazing! !!!! :D
 
 
 
Posted by ptys
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 7:41 AM
2
I'm good with my Wii U, portable gaming no longer interests me.
 
 
 
Posted by whataboutki
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 8:10 AM
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That wasn't Mario Kart 8 footage. It had King Boo which isn't a character in Mario Kart 8.
 
 
 
Posted by captain X nz
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 8:31 AM
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Some nice ideas there, I'm impressed - especially with gaming outdoors and no screen glare.
 
 
 
Posted by CoffeeAddict
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 8:46 AM
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21 October 2016, 08:10 AM Reply to whataboutki
That wasn't Mario Kart 8 footage. It had King Boo which isn't a character in Mario Kart 8.
They may be releasing updated versions of Wii U games with better graphics, extra characters and levels. That way they could bolster the release day game numbers without having to create lots of new games.

Like the look of the new mario, could be awesome.
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 9:23 AM
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Portable Skyrim has been a long time coming, this is pretty darn exciting Nintendo please don't let this console go into obscurity
 
 
 
Posted by Xaphriel
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 9:31 AM
2
Well, I thought the 3DS was stupid, and it turned out great, so I'm going in with an open mind. I love the idea of a handheld with the bulk to run Skyrim, and the portability will make business trips and the like awesome.

Gonna mention the elephant in the room though: what’s the battery life going to be like? 3DS wasn't stellar, and I can’t see us getting that kind of power with any kind of decent charge.
 
 
 
oconnomiyaki
Posted by oconnomiyaki
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 9:50 AM
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I mean I'll keep an open mind about it, but I don't see this as a revolutionary concept that deserved the amount of secrecy Nintendo had around it. In fact, it's exactly what everyone predicted it would be. Makes it a little anti-climatic to be honest, as I was expecting something totally earth-shattering. Instead, it's a hybrid born out of Nintendo's dilemma of needing to support two markets. It'll really just come down to power and performance, especially battery life, and the games on the system. I don't see Microsoft or Sony losing any sleep over it.

An interesting thing to note as well is that if you contrast the marketed lifestyle to that of the recent Xbox's Play Anywhere one (which I guess is a similar concept, albeit one requiring an expensive gaming laptop), Nintendo still believe that multiplayer gaming still happens primarily locally and with friends. Apart from being a bit of a fairy tale -- how many people who have finished puberty regularly get people over for gaming sessions -- it could possibly indicate the effort that has gone into their online services, which have been woeful up until now. They don't even have a decent account system for purchases up and running yet.

Lastly, I think the elephant in the room needs to be addressed, and that's that we live in New Zealand. Nintendo has never really enjoyed strong success here, being at best second place and usually just an also-ran. Softprint, who handled distribution of the Wii, infamously and bitterly said that Nintendo was a "lemon" in New Zealand. Here was a console that was selling like hot cakes overseas, to the point where stock was still flying off the shelves two years from launch, and Kiwi consumers and retailers still preferred the then-struggling and much maligned PS3. Even Nintendo themselves can't be bothered putting in any effort, with stock taking ages to be replenished, if at all, and minimal advertising and support. Handling things directly from Australia, where Nintendo's presence is far stronger, we get treated as an afterthought. I saw an advert for something Nintendo on TV the other day and remarked tommy wife that it was surprising to see in NZ TV. She remarked it was Cartoon Network, which is an Australian feed with Australian adverts.

So yeah, I think I'll play the cynic in this one and say that Nintendo has to do a lot more to impress me.
 
 
 
Posted by LukeB
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 11:33 AM
1
I'm going to play the cautiously optimistic card. At this point I REALLY need to see how Nintendo are going to handle the NS' online infrastructure with regard to simple to find friends, matchmaking, friends lists, party chat, etc. I also want to know more about the game cartridges - because quite frankly, I don't want to be carrying them around, so I hope their digital game platform is not only getting an upgrade, but that your existing digital purchases will follow you to this new system (and to future systems).

Finally, I have my fingers crossed that there will be some sort of in-game-tracked reward system similar to Achievements and Trophies - perhaps using the different coloured stars to signify the difficulty in which each is to acquire. Might have to cross my toes and eyes for this one methinks :/

I guess time will tell - but AT THIS STAGE.... I think I'm going to be putting a little aside each month to pick one up in March :)
 
 
 
Posted by MadCant
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 12:21 PM
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Given the power & convenience of recent generations of mobile phones, I expect there is a significantly reduced demand for a portable gaming device (in the present & even more so future) & therefore wonder if there is any point for hardware companies to continue developing these. It seems like an outdated idea to me.
 
 
 
Posted by mchumdinghy
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 12:28 PM
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Well they are going bold that's for sure.
The thought of Breath of the Wild on the train has me very interested in this indeed.
I just hope they can nail the price and games line up, distant promises of this and that couple with remade versions of already existing games are not going to cut it.
 
 
 
Posted by I3ridgeI3urner
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 12:30 PM
1
21 October 2016, 09:50 AM Reply to oconnomiyaki
I mean I'll keep an open mind about it, but I don't see this as a revolutionary concept that deserved the amount of secrecy Nintendo had around it. In fact, it's exactly what everyone predicted it would be. Makes it a little anti-climatic to be honest, as I was expecting something totally earth-shattering. Instead, it's a hybrid born out of Nintendo's dilemma of needing to support two markets. It'll really just come down to power and performance, especially battery life, and the games on the system. I don't see Microsoft or Sony losing any sleep over it.

An interesting thing to note as well is that if you contrast the marketed lifestyle to that of the recent Xbox's Play Anywhere one (which I guess is a similar concept, albeit one requiring an expensive gaming laptop), Nintendo still believe that multiplayer gaming still happens primarily locally and with friends. Apart from being a bit of a fairy tale -- how many people who have finished puberty regularly get people over for gaming sessions -- it could possibly indicate the effort that has gone into their online services, which have been woeful up until now. They don't even have a decent account system for purchases up and running yet.

Lastly, I think the elephant in the room needs to be addressed, and that's that we live in New Zealand. Nintendo has never really enjoyed strong success here, being at best second place and usually just an also-ran. Softprint, who handled distribution of the Wii, infamously and bitterly said that Nintendo was a "lemon" in New Zealand. Here was a console that was selling like hot cakes overseas, to the point where stock was still flying off the shelves two years from launch, and Kiwi consumers and retailers still preferred the then-struggling and much maligned PS3. Even Nintendo themselves can't be bothered putting in any effort, with stock taking ages to be replenished, if at all, and minimal advertising and support. Handling things directly from Australia, where Nintendo's presence is far stronger, we get treated as an afterthought. I saw an advert for something Nintendo on TV the other day and remarked tommy wife that it was surprising to see in NZ TV. She remarked it was Cartoon Network, which is an Australian feed with Australian adverts.

So yeah, I think I'll play the cynic in this one and say that Nintendo has to do a lot more to impress me.
Your "multiplayer happening locally" is a very salient point. I didn't notice it when I watched the vid the first time. It does seem really out of place these days and out of touch with how MP gaming actually takes place. Nintendo has always existed in a bit of a vacuum, so such outmoded imagery is not surprising.
 
 
 
ActualTats
Posted by ActualTats
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 1:04 PM
1
Looks awesome but the message I got from the trailer was take your game anywhere and ignore all other experiences that are going on around you. The lady that takes it to the party?! I go to social events to socialise not to play games.... just my rant.
 
 
 
Posted by Jonathan-OverWorld
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 1:36 PM
2
Looks good, I'm excited. :D
 
 
 
Posted by Syn-Ryn
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 2:02 PM
3
Didn't show enough to get me interested, come back and tell me if you're account systems have moved into the 21st century.
 
 
 
Posted by darkap
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 2:51 PM
2
Always love me some good portable gaming, I hope the battery life will be good enough though
 
 
 
Posted by Wertbag
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 3:02 PM
1
I really just want Nintendo to pull away from the family friendly image they have. For a long time they wouldn't allow R rated games on their systems and all we see are these bright colourful cartoony type games. It's fine to have those kinds of games but just realise that the average age of gamers is 30. They need variety. The games shown (not announced as they are considered "representative of coming games" only) are yet another Zelda, yet another Mario, yet another Mario Kart, Skyrim (5 year old game now) and ports of NBA and Splatoon. Nothing in that line up is very exciting. Really hope they can get some must have titles and some originality to their line up.
 
 
 
Posted by xBOOZEMONEYx
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 3:45 PM
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I think this looks really cool, but what if the screen breaks? Hopefully it is durable.
 
 
 
Posted by Xaphriel
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 4:13 PM
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21 October 2016, 03:45 PM Reply to xBOOZEMONEYx
I think this looks really cool, but what if the screen breaks? Hopefully it is durable.
You have to assume they've made it fairly resilient, but yeah, never been much of a worry with the DS.
 
 
 
Posted by LukeB
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 4:44 PM
1
21 October 2016, 04:13 PM Reply to Xaphriel
You have to assume they've made it fairly resilient, but yeah, never been much of a worry with the DS.
No doubt there'll be travel case and hard cover protection accessories available as add-ons
 
 
 
Posted by Overdrive5000
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 4:49 PM
1
I gotta say, that looks pretty cool
 
 
 
Posted by MonkeyMan
On Friday 21 Oct 2016 6:33 PM
2
Im actually pretty hyped after watching that video
 
 
 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Saturday 22 Oct 2016 1:04 PM
1
That looked great I'm interested and can't wait for more info to come out.