This is a special edition of the GameSentral Rewind, focusing on the Nintendo NX reveal.
Nintendo Switch launches in March
Nintendo has christened the Switch as the company’s next video game console, launching next March. The console known until now as NX is a portable console hybrid, designed to be taken on the road or hooked up to a TV at home.
However, it’s a home system first.
“Nintendo Switch is a home gaming system first and foremost. We have made no announcement regarding the future of Nintendo 3DS.
“Obviously with sales of almost 60 million 3DS portables worldwide, there’s still a huge hunger for new games, such as Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. There are many more games in the pipeline.”
-Nintendo, in a statement to Polygon
It’ll connect to a television while resting in the Nintendo Switch Dock, and will “immediately transition to portable mode” when disconnected from the dock, according to the company. The unit has a “high-definition display,” and features a detachable Joy-Con controller on each side.
Unlike the Wii U’s GamePad, the Switch’s screen can’t be used as a secondary display for gaming.
“Nintendo Switch is dedicated to deliver a single-screen experience, on whatever screen you might choose.”
Each Joy-Con controller can be slotted into the Joy-Con Grip to mirror the Wii U gamepad. The console will also support a Nintendo Switch Pro controller to provide a traditional controller experience.
“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.”
-Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America president and COO
Switch is powered by a custom Tegra processor that includes a Nvidia GPU. According to Nvidia, the console’s design required “500 man-years of efforts across every facet of creating a new gaming platform: algorithms, computer architecture, system design, system software, APIs, game engines, and peripherals.”
NVN, a custom API, was also built to bring “lightweight, fast gaming” to the masses.
The Switch will use Game Card cartridges for games, and multiple Switch units can be brought together for “local multiplayer face-to-face competition.” However, Wii U discs and 3DS cartridges aren’t supported.
We got a glimpse of a new Mario title coming to Switch that looks like a 3D single-player platforming adventure. One scene shows Mario jumping through a desert town, while another has the Italian plumber running along a platform and avoiding a Bullet Bill.
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, NBA 2K17, Mario Kart, and Splatoon were also among the games shown off. According to Nintendo, the console’s launch lineup and game demos will be shown “prior to the March launch.”
However, both 2K and Bethesda (publishers of NBA 2K17 and Skyrim respectively) declined to confirm whether Switch versions were in development.
“While we are not confirming any specific titles at this time, we are pleased to announce our partnership with Nintendo and support of Nintendo Switch.”
-2K and Bethesda, in statements to Polygon
A long list of developers, studios, and publishers have pledged their support including Activision, EA, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive, Sega, Epic, Capcom, Bethesda, Telltale, and Starbreeze. Here’s a full list:
- 505 Games
- ARC SYSTEM WORKS
- BANDAI NAMCO
- CRI Middleware
- Firelight Technologies
- GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE
- Gungho Online Entertainment
- INTI CREATES
- KOEI TECMO GAMES
- Konami Digital Entertainment
- Maximum Games
- Nippon Ichi Software
- Parity Bit
- RAD Game Tools
- SEGA Games
- Silicon Studio
- SQUARE ENIX
- Take-Two Interactive
- THQ Nordic
- Tokyo RPG Factory
- TT Games
- Unity Technologies
- Web Technologies
This is a big improvement from the 21 company list that accompanied the Wii U’s launch.
That’s all Nintendo is releasing in terms of info until 2017, according to the company.