Nintendo Switch Release Date, Specifications, Games, Controllers, and Everything You Need to Know

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NINTENDO SWITCH REVIEW

NINTENDO SWITCH HYBRID CONSOLE

Nintendo is launching its first hybrid console "NINTENDO SWITCH" on MARCH 2017.

In the following article we are going to discuss about this upcoming hybrid console.
The points of discussion will be as follows-

 

  • CONSOLE ( DOCKING, UN-DOCKING )
  •  TARGET AUDIENCE
  • CONTROLLER ( JOY-CONS, PRO-CONTROLLER )
  • MULTIPLAYER ASPECT ( SEPARABLE JOY-CONS )
  • UPCOMING GAMES ( LEGEND OF ZELDA, THIRD PARTY SUPPORT )
  • HYPE and EXPECTATIONS
  • PARTNERSHIPS ( UBISOFT, BETHESDA, ACTIVISION and almost everyone )

 

HYBRID CONSOLE .. ?

DOCKING STATION OF NINTENDO SWITCH

DOCKING STATION OF NINTENDO SWITCH

Nintendo has been in the market since 1991. A company that has been around for almost 3 decades must have seen all sorts of ups and downs in market. Nintendo is returning the in the market after 4 years with a hybrid console “NINTENDO SWITCH”. It can be said they have learned from there past experiences very well.

“NINTENDO SWITCH” is termed as a “HYBRID CONSOLE” because it MERGES THE HAND HELD and TV based CONSOLE. (Hand held consoles like Wii, Wii u and television based consoles like PS4, XBOX).

 

It can be used to play games on the go and DOCKING STATION at the home to play games on a wider screen. Assumptions are being made that docking station enhances the image quality to 1080+ and helps with frame rates too. There hasn’t been a controller with this amount of flexibility. Nintendo is not overselling it, their are many situations where concept of SWITCH i.e. ‘playing on the go’ applies.

THE MESSAGE OF NINTENDO IS CLEAR –

WE SUPPORT ALL THIRD PARTY GAMES, AND YOU CAN PLAY THEM ON THE GO TOO.

 

PRO – CONTROLLER and JOY – CONS

Nintendo is organizing these public events where they display there console in front of the public and media. Joy – Cons are small hand-held controllers, one for each hand. A little issue is considered in the right joy co since the analog key is situated very close to the buttons and the shoulder button on the joy cons are a little bit hard to find and press, it surely makes things a little annoying at times. The smallness of the joy-cons might bother some people.

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But on other hand people liked the way that they provide more freedom for hand and shoulder movement to the player instead of looked in one posture throughout the whole gaming session. On events Nintendo displayed the high tech part of the joy-cons “1 2 SWITCH” it is only multiplayer looking in you players playing on the audio sensations, but costs 50 dollar more, by games like guess how many marbles sensation due you feel by tilting and hearing the voices and pumping out the milk, playing table tennis with your friend, eating sandwiches. The quality and size of buttons  is nice and nothing feels weird in the first impression.  These can also be fitted with a strap provided by wrist bands to prevent them from slipping and provides them more grab able to the hand. They make things more easier.

The design of SWITCH is very sleek and it  has multi touch but no games was demonstrated on the event.

 

THE PRO CONTROLLER

The buttons are bigger every things feels very solid. Analog positioning is good.

Joy – CONS Controllers are attachable and detachable as per the need.  They can be detached form the sides of the tablet and attached to a module that makes it a controller and makes it feel like a conventional controller.

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  • By providing controllers with the tablets and portable gaming device Nintendo has focused on making the gaming experience more comfortable. The controller can be spit and used as a individual controllers for multiplayer games.
  • The portability of the device is what makes it stand out, for the times when you just want to play while laying in your bed or maybe waiting on the airport for your next flight. Switch is clearly focused on enabling the idea of playing your PC, PS4 and Xbox games, on the go.
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EXPECTATIONS FROM NINTENDO SWITCH

Like the previous Nintendo consoles there was a constant complaint of not having many game releases for the consoles like Wii and Wii U. AND since the game developers are not selling enough game copies and generated revenue from their game sales didn’t allowed them to continue developing games for Wii U.

Wii-U

Wii-U

Further-more  the cost of making a game and customizing it for a certain console is also a ROADBLOCK that NINTENDO need to overcome in their next console.

Those were the reasons for scarcity of games on Wii U.
It came down to the point where it was just obvious that they “HAVE ABANDONED THE Wii U”. And were not trying to make new game

NOW talking about SWITCH,

  • It supports “THIRD PARTY GAMES” and games would not be needed to be customized specifically for the console and thus this time the community is expecting more game releases on the switch. Moreover the issue of lack of games on Nintendo consoles will not be seen in SWITCH.
  • Community is expecting a “ACCOUNT SYSTEM” where your games are bound to your account and not to the device. This will help people to play games unlock “Achievement and Trophies”.




UPCOMING GAMES ( LEGEND OF ZELDA : THE BREATH OF WILD )

Legend of Zelda is a graphically beautiful game developed by Nintendo preferentially for Switch.

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Switch with its portability, will surely reach out to people not only in ‘gaming community’ but to those people too that are busy working, travelling or just can’t find time to sit in front of the Television and play video games. It is appearing a very flexible console.

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PARTNERSHIPS

Nintendo has received tremendous support from most of the big banner game developers like  UBISOFT, BETHESDA, ACTIVISION etc. SWITCH is just a normal hand held console that can support third party games just like TV based consoles.

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This is game changing and out of the league product can mark a comeback of Nintendo in the console market. The portability and ability to support games from other developers is the reason why Nintendo has got so many partnerships for SWITCH. The specs are not officially announced but they surely will be appropriate enough to run big games decently.

 

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