Nintendo Switch Announced

Nintendo offers new details on Nintendo Switch, the final name for their new upcoming console. This video shows off the new hardware, which is centered around a small tablet controller, an extension of their Wii U design. Word is: "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." There are more details in the official announcement:
In an introductory video released today (http://www.nintendo.com/switch), Nintendo provided the first glimpse of its new home gaming system and revealed that it is called 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.

At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. It brings the full home gaming system experience with you to the park, on an airplane, in a car, or to a friend’s apartment.

Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.

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Re: Morning Mobilization
Oct 20, 2016, 13:22
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I believe you are thinking like a tech geek, and not the average consumer. How many people with tablets hook them to their tv? And then BT a controller to that to game? Of course this is possible, but it's also not its primary design purpose. (for the most part)

And let me know when you can emulate the new Zelda or Mario or Metroid on your android tablet hooked to your TV.

Just my opinion.

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Re: Morning Mobilization
Oct 20, 2016, 13:17
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Oct 20, 2016, 13:17
 
Hmmm...connect a bluetooth gamepad to your phone or tablet and you, for the most part, get the same thing.

Or am I missing something obvious?

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Re: Morning Mobilization
Oct 20, 2016, 13:08
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Oct 20, 2016, 13:08
 Verno
 
PHJF wrote on Oct 20, 2016, 12:52:
Advertising a new console launch with old games?

But look, it's got Zelda, too!

Yep, what's the issue? It hasn't been released yet and people want it.

Zelda looked like it ran at about 12fps undocked so clearly the dock has some sort of processor/GPU built in.

Interesting concept but I need more info to make up my mind.
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Re: Morning Legal Briefs
Oct 20, 2016, 13:04
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Oct 20, 2016, 13:04
 
I wonder if it'll support 2DS and 3DS cartridges. Would be nice to sit back and relax playing Default or Pokémons on a bigger screen.
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Oct 20, 2016, 13:02
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Oct 20, 2016, 13:02
 
A new Zelda sells consoles. It's also the reason I never picked up a WiIU, no new Zelda or Metroid. Because cmon, face it, you buy Nintendo consoles for 1st party titles that are awesome and fun.
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Oct 20, 2016, 12:52
PHJF
 
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Oct 20, 2016, 12:52
 PHJF
 
Advertising a new console launch with old games?

But look, it's got Zelda, too!
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Oct 20, 2016, 12:43
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Oct 20, 2016, 12:43
 
SirKnight wrote on Oct 20, 2016, 12:15:
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 20, 2016, 12:04:
Looks like yet another underpowered console (that finally gets Skyrim, and does it get mods?).

Dear Nintendo.
Keep your mobile gaming market. Kill off your consoles and start making your awesome IP's for other systems/pc's.

*wonders how long before a kid looses the controllers*


Raw horsepower isn't everything. Sometimes you have to scale the power back a little to bring up other areas. This is obvious by what Nintendo is trying to do with the Switch. It's also obvious with cars where what good is 1000HP if you can't hook up? You'll end up getting beat by someone with <= 500HP.

The Switch looks incredible in every way and I will be pre-ordering this ASAP.

Indeed. This won't appeal to the Bluesnews crowd, but it does seem very nicely targeted to how most casual gamers -- which is basically everyone in their teens, twenties, and thirties -- play games these days. And from a hardware design standpoint, the seamless transition between different usage modes is very, very cool. Whether it's effective at making gaming wherever seamless, or just a gimmick, remains to be seen though.
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Re: Nintendo Switch Announced
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Oct 20, 2016, 12:15
 
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 20, 2016, 12:04:
Looks like yet another underpowered console (that finally gets Skyrim, and does it get mods?).

Dear Nintendo.
Keep your mobile gaming market. Kill off your consoles and start making your awesome IP's for other systems/pc's.

*wonders how long before a kid looses the controllers*


Raw horsepower isn't everything. Sometimes you have to scale the power back a little to bring up other areas. This is obvious by what Nintendo is trying to do with the Switch. It's also obvious with cars where what good is 1000HP if you can't hook up? You'll end up getting beat by someone with <= 500HP.

The Switch looks incredible in every way and I will be pre-ordering this ASAP.
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Re: Nintendo Switch Announced
Oct 20, 2016, 12:14
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Oct 20, 2016, 12:14
 
Controllers seem small. Also will be interesting to see how it communicates with the tablet. Specs are going to rule this one, ie power vs battery life. I know for my WiiU the extended cable was basically required for any long gaming session(Xeno) to charge it and was one of the reasons I never finished the game.

I do worry about the longevity of the snapping device on the sides. Software 3rd party is about the same as every time they release a console. IF they come out is another question.
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Re: Nintendo Switch Announced
Oct 20, 2016, 12:07
nin
 
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Oct 20, 2016, 12:07
 nin
 

GET OFF HELFS LAWN!!!!!!!

(As with any nintendo console, it all comes down to software. Hopefully more 3rd party this time. They have a list here, but no R*.)

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Re: Nintendo Switch Announced
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Re: Nintendo Switch Announced Oct 20, 2016, 12:04
Oct 20, 2016, 12:04
 
Looks like yet another underpowered console (that finally gets Skyrim, and does it get mods?).

Dear Nintendo.
Keep your mobile gaming market. Kill off your consoles and start making your awesome IP's for other systems/pc's.

*wonders how long before a kid looses the controllers*
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