Nintendo Switch Changes Everything
Nintendo released a brand new trailer for their newest console, the Nintendo Switch. Leaks have been circulating the web for months, but now that it’s official, the real discussion surrounding the “Hybrid” gaming console begins.
The Nintendo Switch immediately sets itself apart from anything else on the market. A videogame console has never been so versatile, being able to “Switch” between both a home console and a portable game player.
The controller itself is extraordinarily adaptable as well. The Nintendo Switch controller, known as the “Joy-con” is reconfigurable, giving the player a variety of options when it comes to gameplay. The Joy-con can even split into two separate controllers for multiplayer experiences. Nintendo is also offering a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for those wishing to play their games more traditionally.
The Switch completely reinvents local multiplayer as well. Players will be able to connect their Switch consoles together allowing for collaborative and competitive play no matter the venue. This is a massive boon for those who miss the couch co-op experiences the gaming world has seemingly forgotten this generation.
Portability Comes at Cost
Nintendo has certainly developed an incredible machine, but it comes with its own host of caveats.
Making the machine portable diminishes the system’s potential strength. Modern day consoles may be getting thinner, but developers can only do so much with such a slim form factor. Nvidia is promising a completely optimized experience when it comes to the console, but the full capabilities of the Nintendo Switch have yet to be disclosed.
The Nintendo Switch may be described as a “Home Gaming System“, but it’s no longer a “one device per family” machine. The portable nature of the console promotes travel and collaboration in gaming, but households may need more than one to keep everyone happy. Judging from the trailer, certain multiplayer experiences will require each player to own their own console.
There is also the potential issue of low battery life. Nintendo ran into issues with its last console, the Nintendo WiiU, when it came to its gamepad’s battery. The battery would only last between three to five hours and took roughly two and a half hours to charge completely. The company eventually released a solution, but it was hardly convenient. The gamepad only streamed information from the console, but the Nintendo Switch tablet is the console itself. Nintendo needs to ensure that the Switch is capable of lengthy play sessions to do good on its promises.
A Link to the Future
There is still so much more to learn about the new console and the experiences it has waiting for consumers. The system is definitely going to be a major talking point among the community for the days to come. If the Nintendo Switch is successful, it will be interesting to see how the market reacts. Only time will tell if this truly is the future of gaming, or just another fad.
Those who haven’t seen the reveal trailer are in for a real treat. Check it out for yourself below!