All you need to know about Nintendo Switch
Nintendo is having one hell of a year! This more than a century-old Japanese company has earned so much media attention lately, it’s phenomenal. The popularity increased when the company used augmented reality to create the super successful Pokémon Go game. Before that, Nintendo partnered with Apple to bring the classic Mario franchise to Apple’s products.
And now, Nintendo has unveiled a wonderful video game console- The Nintendo Switch, which can be used both as a portable device and a home device! This makes it the first console ever that bridges the gap between home consoles such as the PS and Xbox and portable devices like the Nintendo’s 3DS
If you are at home, you can just slot the unit into the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects to your television. The Nintendo Switch comes with a unique set of controllers called Joy-Con that can be plugged on either side of the display unit or can be removed and plugged into the Joy-Con Grip accessory to replicate a traditional controller.
If you are heading out, you can just remove the display unit from the dock and slip the Joy-Con controllers on either side of the unit to turn it into a portable console.
The display unit also has a kickstand at the back, so you can slide out the controllers and just rest the unit on a table and play it without tiring your hands. But it gets even better! Each Joy-Con controller has an identical design, so you can play a two-player game with your bestie and both of you get to hold one of the Joy-Con controllers each and still have fun! You can also pair multiple Nintendo Switch consoles with each other and play multiplayer games with all your friends!
But there’s one major change in particular that shows us just how cool a brand can be. Nintendo is going old-school!
If you pay close attention to the release trailer, you’ll notice that discs aren’t being inserted into the console. Instead, what’s happening is the most nostalgic 20th-century thing: loading cartridges into the gaming system. While this might look like an eye-roll-worthy attempt to bring us back to the 90’s, it’s smart for Nintendo and good for us gamers.
This is because cartridges can create a very pleasant user experience. Not only is the game physically more long-lasting, it also means that when you buy the console, you also buy the storage! Moreover, the high-quality look and feel of a game won’t be compromised by an error in the disc or disc reader, which comes as a huge relief!
Well, we won’t know how awesome it is until we’ve tried it, but Nintendo does have a habit of knowing what works best.
The Nintendo Switch is set to release in March 2017.