In recent years Nintendo has attempted to change the console market with each new system. First the super successful Wii, then the less successful Wii U.

With the new Nintendo Switch, they appear to be doubling down on the Wii U concept and taking it to the next level.

Dock & Modular Controller (Joy-Con)

nintendo switch console dock and controller

The Nintendo Switch is hyper flexible featuring up to 5 different modes so far.  When at home the docked system will be the key to your couch gaming experience.  The modular controller pictured above is called the Joy-Con.  It is one of four different controller layouts… Yes four!

Portable Game Console

nintendo switch handheld console

When you pull the switch out of its dock, and attach it’s two side controllers it becomes a portable game console.  I wonder what the graphical penalty will be.  I would have to think that the base would enhance the graphics capability of the Switch.  I hope that is the case at least.

Tablet Mode

nintendo switch kickstand

The Nintendo switch has a kickstand to allow easy placement during media consumption or gaming sessions.  As you will see in the picture below this is feature was almost a must have

Dual Player Portability

nintendo switch mobile console

Each of the side control sticks on the Switch detach to allow two player portable gaming.  This is one of the coolest features of the device so far. No official word yet, but I would imagine this will be a Bluetooth connection.

Full Size Pro Controller

nintendo switch controller

There is also a standalone traditional full sized controller.  It looks similar to an Xbox One controller, almost identical actually.  I would imagine this will be used for more traditional and competitive console games like FPS’s.

What We Know So Far

Nintendo has not released the full system specs or launch titles yet, but we do know a decent amount so far.

  • The Switch uses game cards similar to the Nintendo DS
  • Zelda, Mario, Mario Kart, Splatoon, and Skyrim have been confirmed so far
  • It will support wireless connection between two or more units
  • Nvidia graphics are powering the Switch
  • The Nintendo Switch will be released in March 2017

So what do you think, will you be picking up a Switch this Spring?


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