Ever since MHX, or Monster Hunter Cross, was announced, I’ve always maintained that the NX (Nintendo Cross?) was going to be a cross-platform console, and finally we have confirmation.
The NX is no more, and the Nintendo Switch is set to occupy living rooms across the world. But not only will you be able to enjoy the likes of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a new teased Mario and Mario Kart, and the “not-announced” Skyrim from your couch, you’ll be able to take these cartridges with you on the go.
While in the dock above, this tablet style system will put its display onto a connected screen, and can be taken out for use on the go. There’s no word quite yet on how well the battery will perform, but here’s hoping. The controllers, named Joy-Con, are fully detachable from the Switch, and can be slipped onto a controller attachment, or even just used separately, and will most likely connect via Bluetooth as with previous Wii and Wii U controllers. What this meant is that two people can take half a controller each, playing games such as Mario Kart (which realistically only needs maybe four buttons and a joystick), and continuing with the trend of wireless connectivity seen in the DS series, multiple systems can connect for even more players.
Also announced was a slew of partners, indicating a lot of third-party games possibly coming to the system, and that’s made even more likely with the power the Nintendo Switch is packing. I’m sure they’re all very excited to see what they can do with these new controllers, and the innovations they can incorporate into their games. One man, Ryan “Salamanda” Jackson, even came up with the idea of custom Joy-Con controllers.
For more info (and hype), check out the Nintendo Switch website, and the trailer below.