Introducing the Nintendo Switch!
It’s finally been revealed! The Nintendo NX has been announced as the Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo’s new home gaming console is confirmed to be a hybrid system, that includes a large, HD tablet-like device with two detachable “Joy-Con” controllers on each side. The Switch can be placed in a docking station that connects via HDMI to your home TV. The docking station also appears to have 2 USB connectors.
Nintendo Switch Details
The Joy-Con controllers slide into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, which acts as a controller when the Switch is docked. A standard analog gaming controller will also be available (similar to that of the Xbox One).
When you’re ready to move from the living room, simply attach the Joy-Con controllers on either side of the Switch in-dock, then lift up the device and you’re ready to go! It seems that gameplay isn’t interrupted–you can go from in-home to on-the-go instantly.
The Nintendo Switch also has a kickstand, where it can be propped up and the Joy-Con controllers removed and played on a table, with one controller in each hand. Some games also apparently support using one Joy-Con controller so the other can be shared with a friend. Standard controllers can also be used on-the-go with the Nintendo Switch.
From the video reveal, it seems Amiibo will also be compatible with the Nintendo Switch. It also shows that games use cartridges, similar in size to those on the Nintendo 3DS.
A long list of developers and partners have been provided, including Activision, Bethesda, Capcom, Electronic Arts, Konami, Sega, Square Enix, Warner Brothers, Ubisoft, and many others. Notably absent is GameFreak and The Pokemon Company…
Pokemon on Nintendo Switch?
All this fantastic news begs the question: will the main series Pokemon games be featured on the Nintendo Switch?
Seeing how the Nintendo Switch will be the latest console and is the de-facto replacement device for both the Wii U and the 3DS, it seems very likely. However, that’s for upcoming Pokemon games. Pokemon Sun & Moon is launching for the 3DS on November 18, and the next main series games might not launch for quite a while.
The CEO of The Pokémon Company also confirmed that the main series Pokémon games will be developed for the then-named Nintendo NX last month.
If there’s a third release/sequel of Sun & Moon (like we had for Pokemon Yellow, Crystal, Emerald, and Platinum, two sequels for Black & White, but none for X & Y), it will likely still be for the Nintendo 3DS. Any new remakes (like SparklingDiamond and ShiningPearl, perhaps?) may find themselves for the Nintendo Switch.
Update (10/22): It’s been confirmed that the Nintendo Switch will not be backwards compatible with physical games for the Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS. It was obvious that the Switch wouldn’t work with the disc-based Wii U games as it uses cartridges; however, it is news that physical cartridges from the 3DS won’t work. Still, it remains unconfirmed whether or not downloadable games for either console will be playable.
However, will the Nintendo Switch be backward compatible with 3DS games? How about Wii U games? The device only has one screen, so if 3DS were to be played, the Switch would have to use some sort of a split-screen mode. This might be less than ideal, but as the bottom screen normally has less important details on many 3DS games, it could be split in a way the shows a larger “top screen view” and smaller “bottom screen view”.
For Wii U games, as the Switch uses cartridges, this is less likely. However, there could be two different ways of playing Wii U/Wii games, if Nintendo pursues this.
First, and the most likely, is that games purchased using the Nintendo eShop can be downloaded onto the Switch and played, as well as previously owned Virtual Console games. Disc-based games would have to be repurchased on the eShop to be played on the Nintendo Switch. Second, and less likely, is that Nintendo could provide an optical disc reader accessory. It looks like the Switch has 2 USB ports on the docking station, and a USB optical disc reader could connect.
What do you Think?
How do you feel about the Nintendo Switch? Planning on getting one?
Do you think Pokemon will find its way on the Switch? Will current Pokemon games and other 3DS/DS games be playable on the Switch?
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