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: Nintendo Switch Announced
Oct 20, 2016, 12:04
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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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Re: Nintendo Switch Announced
Oct 20, 2016, 12:07
nin
 
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Re: Nintendo Switch Announced Oct 20, 2016, 12:07
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
Oct 20, 2016, 12:14
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Re: Nintendo Switch Announced Oct 20, 2016, 12:14
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, 12:15
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Re: Nintendo Switch Announced Oct 20, 2016, 12:15
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: Morning Mobilization
Oct 20, 2016, 12:43
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Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 20, 2016, 12:43
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: Morning Mobilization
Oct 20, 2016, 12:52
PHJF
 
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Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 20, 2016, 12:52
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, 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 Legal Briefs
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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, 13:08
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Oct 20, 2016, 13:08
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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 Mobilization
Oct 20, 2016, 13:17
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Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 20, 2016, 13:17
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, 13:22
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Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 20, 2016, 13:22
Oct 20, 2016, 13:22
 
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: Nintendo Switch Announced
Oct 20, 2016, 13:29
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Re: Nintendo Switch Announced Oct 20, 2016, 13:29
Oct 20, 2016, 13:29
 
Depending on how well the new Zelda runs on it, the system specs, and battery life, his may be a day 1 purchase for me. I'm guessing it's probably the same specs as the WiiU, judging from the size.. but we'll see.
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Re: Nintendo Switch Announced
Oct 20, 2016, 13:42
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Re: Nintendo Switch Announced Oct 20, 2016, 13:42
Oct 20, 2016, 13:42
 El Pit
 
Nintendo's Switch is gonna make you its.. Hm... Rhyming isn't one of my strengths. John Romero, could you lend a hand?
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Re: Nintendo Switch Announced
Oct 20, 2016, 13:43
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Re: Nintendo Switch Announced Oct 20, 2016, 13:43
Oct 20, 2016, 13:43
 
I dunno, this tech geek thinks it looks pretty fucking sweet. I'm wondering about backwards compatibility, though... Video shows loading a cartridge into the tablet, but I'm really hoping the base station takes Wii(-U) discs.
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Re: Nintendo Switch Announced
Oct 20, 2016, 13:52
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Re: Nintendo Switch Announced Oct 20, 2016, 13:52
Oct 20, 2016, 13:52
 
Ok so lets go back to say the NES... you had your hits (and amazing 3rd party games). Same with SNES N64, and started off strong for the GameCube, and some decent games for the Wii and Wii U.
I bought a Gamecube just for Wind Waker, played it and returned or sold the system (can't remember which). Wii and Wii U have about 2 or 3 games I would play on the system and then let it sit and collect dust.
Nintendo consoles (especially the Wii) were great for young kids, elderly and party games. But both my nephews (yeah my awesome demographic) loved the sports games on the Wii (bowling to out of the park baseball), but Daddy has a PS3 360 and a PS4, and now they are totally into the sports/driving games on the big boy consoles because they are more closer to the sports they play (they are 7 and 11 and into soccer, baseball, basketball).

And Nintendo's first party games are generally pretty good..... there isn't enough content for a gamer who grew up with Nintendo to keep going back for 1 or 2 games. And no matter how badly Nintendo is trying to market this to 20-30 somethings on the go (or that horrible e-sports part at the end), adults will stick with a tablet, smart phone or laptop. Why would I want to carry around another device, especially one with detachable parts (and you thought loosing a 3DS stylus was bad)?
They are creating a market that's half-way between mobile 3DS and full blown console like the big boys but not hitting the mark.
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Re: Nintendo Switch Announced
Oct 20, 2016, 13:59
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Oct 20, 2016, 13:59
 
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 20, 2016, 13:52:
Ok so lets go back to say the NES... you had your hits (and amazing 3rd party games). Same with SNES N64, and started off strong for the GameCube, and some decent games for the Wii and Wii U.
I bought a Gamecube just for Wind Waker, played it and returned or sold the system (can't remember which). Wii and Wii U have about 2 or 3 games I would play on the system and then let it sit and collect dust.
Nintendo consoles (especially the Wii) were great for young kids, elderly and party games. But both my nephews (yeah my awesome demographic) loved the sports games on the Wii (bowling to out of the park baseball), but Daddy has a PS3 360 and a PS4, and now they are totally into the sports/driving games on the big boy consoles because they are more closer to the sports they play (they are 7 and 11 and into soccer, baseball, basketball).

And Nintendo's first party games are generally pretty good..... there isn't enough content for a gamer who grew up with Nintendo to keep going back for 1 or 2 games. And no matter how badly Nintendo is trying to market this to 20-30 somethings on the go (or that horrible e-sports part at the end), adults will stick with a tablet, smart phone or laptop. Why would I want to carry around another device, especially one with detachable parts (and you thought loosing a 3DS stylus was bad)?
They are creating a market that's half-way between mobile 3DS and full blown console like the big boys but not hitting the mark.

Exactly what I was thinking.

This system doesn't appeal to me in the slightest. It actually pisses me off, I see controllers that will break, the half controllers for playing with your friends will be hand cramped and limited buttons for a dumb down version of full controls.

What they needed to do was make a generic console with the same specs much like the PS4 or Xbone with backwards compatibility and better online part systems. Support for video codecs and that would pretty much secure you as the new super power release dwith a mario/zelda/metroid.
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Re: Nintendo Switch Announced
Oct 20, 2016, 14:06
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Re: Nintendo Switch Announced Oct 20, 2016, 14:06
Oct 20, 2016, 14:06
 
So let's see:

Constant wear on contacts between base and those paddle things ("Contact corrosion, wear, and fatigue? What the fuck is that?" asked Nintendo's engineering department)
Small parts that are going to be easily lost or broken
Extremely unlikely to be competitive with either the Xbox or the Playstation (Did you see those Skyrim visuals? They're on par with the Xbox 360 version)
The cognitive dissonance that people who actually go to parties and pick up basketball games want to suddenly all stand around squinting at a screen the size of Note or similarly sized phablet
Battery life that will be measured in the low to middle single digit hour range
A kickstand that looks about as robust as a toothpick holding up a boulder

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Re: Nintendo Switch Announced
Oct 20, 2016, 14:16
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Re: Nintendo Switch Announced Oct 20, 2016, 14:16
Oct 20, 2016, 14:16
 
Nintendo systems tend to be designed to be very durable so not too concerned about contacts wearing out. Battery life also tends to be on the high side. But after what happened with WiiU it makes no sense to be a early adopter.

There was one improvement mentioned elsewhere that does make a lot of sense. If this thing is a hybrid portable/console then it might mean they no longer have two platforms to deal with anymore. All their dev teams can focus on one system and every game can be played by everyone. That's a pretty major improvement. the WiiU library was anemic, but if it also had the 3DS's library?
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Oct 20, 2016, 14:30
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Oct 20, 2016, 14:30
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on 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.

Pretty sure it's the latter. No one is going to want to carry around yet another device. I don't see anywhere that this can connect to the internet. Does it replicate other tablet functions? Is the screen multitouch? People will expect these things. And cartridges??? The '80s called, wants its tech back. And those minicontrollers are unuseable.

It's interesting that this video is pitching this to adults, when children are much more the target audience. Hard to imagine adults shelling out for this for their kids though, when a tablet offers gaming and so much more functionality for much less money.

Don't get me wrong: it's cool tech. It's just completely impractical.
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Oct 20, 2016, 14:31
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Oct 20, 2016, 14:31
 
Bumpy wrote on 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?


And with a tablet you can surf the internet. And watch movies. And take pictures. And post on Blues News!
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