Introducing Nintendo Switch! In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.

Nintendo just unveiled its next console, now officially known as the Nintendo Switch. The Switch features an interesting controller scheme called the "Joy-Con."

As seen in the video, each Switch seems to come with a Joy-Con that consists of two halves, the Joy-Con (R) and the Joy-Con (L), that slot into the sides of the Switch console.

From the press released photos above Nintendo is marketing thier new system for the mobile gamer. The system supports a modular controller, using the two Joy-Con sides together as one controller, the individual Joy-Con pieces can be used as separate controllers on a single device for local split-screen multiplayer.

Tech Specs have not yet been released by either Nintendo or Nvidia, which we are assuming the console will support some sort of VR Format. As far as Blu Ray HDR, or any type of UHD outputs, Nintendo has yet to unveil any specs to the console. Here is the concerning piece to the Nintendo puzzle of struggles...Nintendo has always marketed to a specific fan base, which is great! However, in terms of modern day gaming where HDR, UHD and 4K gaming formats taking market holds from Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo needs to compete in this realm. Visuals is and will be the capturing point for any console developer as PC has already taken the leaps and bounds of 4k and now 5k gaming visuals. Sound is another breakthrough since CES 2016. The introduction to superior sound quality and bit/rate is Dolby Atmos. To my point, Nintendo has in the past delivered but sometimes fall short to the Microsoft and Sony market contenders in terms of tech specs and hardware features. 

Whereas Nintendo has at times struggled in the past with third-party support, for its upcoming Switch console (née NX), the company has announced dozens of publishers, developers, and middleware companies pledging to support the new platform. All the major third-party publishers are here, including Activision, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, and Bethesda (Skyrim, or something that looked very similar to Skyrim, appeared in the Switch debut trailer).

Nintendo is careful to say that these are just “some” of the partners it has, many of which haven’t yet announced specific plans. Nintendo Switch is scheduled to launch March 2017, just months from now.

By Candy Lopez

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