For decades, videogames have been divided between handhelds and home consoles. On March 3, Nintendo released a console aiming to change this: The Nintendo Switch.
While it had been announced a few years ago as “NX,” the Switch was officially unveiled last October. In a three-minute YouTube video, Nintendo showed off its new console’s ability to act as both a home console and a portable device. When inserted into the included dock, the Switch displays on the connected TV. When taken out of the dock, the image then reverts to the 720p display on the system.
Nintendo also showed off the multiplayer aspect of the Switch. The two Joy-Con controllers can together act as one controller for single player games, or can be used individually for multiplayer games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Additionally, up to eight Switch consoles can be connected locally.
However, not everyone was looking forward to the Switch. “I don’t see the point in having one,” said Amy Creider (’17). “I don’t have one nor do I want one. It’s just another advertising gimmick.”
March 3rd saw the global release of the Nintendo Switch. Like the Wii, the demand exceeded the supply, and many who didn’t pre-order did not get one on launch day.
The launch lineup was paltry, with only The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild standing out. Other titles include Snipperclips, Just Dance 2017, 1-2-Switch, and other games already released on other consoles. In the upcoming months, however, more exciting games, like sequels to the Mario Kart and Splatoon series, will be released. Favorites like FIFA, Minecraft, and Skyrim come out later this year. And in the holiday season, Nintendo plans to release Super Mario Odyssey, a new 3D Mario adventure.
The Switch’s quick loading times and sleep mode complement its portability. With a straightforward operating system, Nintendo has made the simple elements of the Switch better than its past two systems, the 3DS and the Wii U. The screenshot button makes sharing gameplay moments much easier than before. Many features only available on Xbox and PlayStation systems finally made their way to Nintendo with the Switch. For Nintendo, the Switch isn’t just a fusion, it’s a reimagining of the company and its products.