Here's everything we know so far about the Nintendo Switch
Today, Nintendo launched the first trailer and details for their latest console - the Nintendo Switch, formerly known as NX.
In a three-minute trailer, we saw a number of interesting features - including a tablet, a dock and what appears to be Skyrim ready-made for the console. We also saw a number of gadgets for it and the ability to take the game with you, well, anywhere.
Let's dive in.
IT'S A DOCK AND IT'S A PAD
As best as we can tell from the trailer and the official release, the Switch has a dock system that's not dissimilar to the Wii U's dock. The Switch's dock plugs into the TV and you use it as a regular console with a nice big controller to work with. However, if you feel the need to move around with it, you can remove the Switch from its dock and turn the nice big controller into two smaller controllers which attach to the side of the Switch.
THEY'RE NOT CONTROLLERS, THEY'RE JOY-CONS
Presumably that's a portmanteau of joystick and controller. The JoyCons can be used in one hand or they can be used by two players in a multiplayer scenario. More people, more Joycons. As well as this, players can bring their Switches together to "enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition." Does this mean that Switch works off a closed Bluetooth system? Hard to say, but it seems the most likely.
GAMECARDS OF HUMANITY
This is an interesting one, to say the least. As we mentioned, the Switch looks and feels like a gamepad with a spiffy controller - which means that there's no space for a disk drive or anything, right? Right. Again, going off what we're seeing from the official releases and statements, it appears that games now come on a small gamecard that looks like a slightly old SimCard. Without specific technical specifications, it's hard to say whether these gamecards work as the entire memory of the game or if they're memory cards.
THE LIST OF DEVELOPERS AND STUDIOS WHO WANT TO SWITCH IT UP
It's pretty big and there's a lot of heavy-hitters involved. You've got...
Activision Publishing, Inc.
ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co.,Ltd.
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
CAPCOM CO., LTD.
CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.
DeNA Co., Ltd
Epic Games Inc.
GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC.
Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc.
INTI CREATES CO., LTD.
KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.
Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
Maximum Games, LLC
Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
Parity Bit Inc.
RAD Game Tools, Inc.
SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
Silicon Studio Corporation
Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.
Unity Technologies, Inc.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Web Technology Corp.
You've also got Nintendo churning out games as well. The trailer saw Breath Of The Wild feature heavily, not to mention what looked like Skyrim as well.
NO MONEY, NO FUNNY
Right now, there's no word on how much the Switch will cost. That's more than a little telling, to be honest. The most likely reason for that is that they want people to get excited by all the new features and then hit them with the cost. Our guess? Probably around the €250 to €300 mark. We'll know more when it's released in March of next year.
So, that's all we know so far. Did we miss anything? What do you make of it? Let us know what you think in the comments!
Story by Brian Lloyd | 15:47 | Thursday 20th October 2016 | Games