After what felt like an eternity, Nintendo finally unveiled their next-gen console last week: the Nintendo Switch. The previously code-named 'NX' was showcased in a three-minute video that highlighted most of its physical features. A few months ago, Eurogamer reported several information about the then-unknown console, which included that it will be a home-handheld hybrid. The report turned out to be very accurate.
Aside from the Switch's primary function as a handheld console, it can dock with a TV to also run as a home console. It's also equipped with detachable controllers - called Joy-Cons - that can be combined to form one controller or work separately for two players to use. Nintendo also offers a more normal-looking Pro controller, in case the Joy-Cons feel too weird for you. Also, the Switch will use cartridges once again as its medium for games.
Hardware-wise, it was confirmed that the Switch would indeed run with a powerful mobile-oriented Tegra processor. But aside from that, Nintendo did not divulge any further details about the Switch's technical specs. And it looks like it won't be until next year before we get another round of info.
Nintendo of America has just posted a Tweet announcing a Nintendo Switch Presentation which will be streamed live. The presentation will be on January 12 next year. Most likely, Nintendo will use the event to announce the final specs of the Switch along with its price and official slate of games at launch.
Based on the announcement video last week, the Switch looks very promising, especially with the tease that it can run The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on-the-go. Perhaps the only eyebrow-raising aspect of the console is the tiny Joy-Con (when used for multiplayer).
But that's just nitpicking, because everything else is in line with the Nintendo brand of gaming: quirky, fun, and out-of-the-box. It's good to see that Nintendo is not succumbing to the pressure of measuring up to the powerhouse consoles of Microsoft and Sony.
The Nintendo Switch will launch on March 2017 with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by its side.