Everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch

 

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In The Beginning

The Switch started life as mystery console project NX. The NX was first revealed in March of 2015 at a press conference by Satoru Iwata. Not much was revealed about what the NX actually was only that it would release in March 2017  and it would be:

“A dedicated game patform with a brand new concept”

News on the NX was few and far between with only small bits of information getting out into the wild. Rumours started flooding in from all over the internet and were fueled by a baffling statement that stated that the NX would not be a successor to the Wii U or 3DS; if it wasn’t a successor to either then what was it? Reports that production on the Wii U was going to slow to a halt were greatly exaggerated and Nintendo were quick to satiate everyone’s concerns, it is still a persistent rumour that the Wii U will stop being manufactured in 2018. It was also common knowledge by this point that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would come to both the Wii U and NX, which made everyone question again what the NX was if not a successor nor a simple upgrade to the Wii U.

In July of 2016 Eurogamer reported that a number of sources had confirmed to them that the NX would be a portable gaming console, with detachable controls and a way to play on the TV when the player is at home. Nintendo fans quickly mocked up designs for what the NX could look like. Here are some of my favourites:

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Nintendo was keeping mum about any and all rumours of course, all the while gearing up to the big October 2016 reveal.

The Switch up

Nintendo delivered on the promise to unveil the mysterious NX on October 20th, 2016. Leading up to the event Nintendo revealed that the announcement trailer or preview trailer would be six times as long as the preview trailer for the Wii, the Wii’s trailer clocked in a whopping 32 seconds so it wasn’t that difficult to do. In case you’ve forgotten what that trailer looked like, here it is in all its glory. (Apologies for the quality of the copy it’s the only one I could find)

So back to the NX, we already knew that the preview event would consist of a trailer but not much more; Nintendo had planned the full announcement to come in January 2017. The NX was no longer code named, ladies and gentlemen Nintendo gave us

Nintendo Switch. The NX officially had a name and the rumours were all coming true; the Switch is indeed a portable cum home console hybrid and does have removable controls. What we learned were the applications of this, you can now take your games anywhere from your sofa and TV screen to a portable instantly. Not only that but the configurations the Switch can do are truly unique, can’t hold the Switch? no problem use the kick stand and remove the controls for easy use, have friends? sure detach the Joy-Cons hand one to a friend turn them on their side NES style and Mario Kart or Splatoon anywhere. Thus the Switch was real but Nintendo were still quite about release date, specs, price and launch games, for that we would have to wait until the full reveal in January 2017

The Big Reveal

The Nintendo Switch will be available on the 3rd of march which is earlier than most expected by quite a bit. Price wise the Nintendo switch is going to be $299/£279.99.  Online is being bolstered for the switch, online will now run on a paid for subscription service much like PS Plus and Xbox Live Gold. Hopefully this means Nintendo is seriously re-thinking its online services and how to improve them.

But it’s all about the games

Super Mario Odyssey

Xenoblade 2

Fire Emblem Wariors

Splatoon 2

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild – Out 3rd March  the way

We will of course stay up to date on all Switch news as it occurs


– Dan P

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