Nintendo Switch, Nintendo’s new home console announced

Let’s get this out of the way: Nintendo Switch is a far better name than Wii U. Nintendo officially unveiled their new home console today via a 3-minute trailer. The Nintendo Switch, previously known by its codename NX, is a modular console that can be played on the TV or taken on the go via a tablet screen with detachable controllers.

The trailer shows several ways the handheld/console hybrid can be used and gives us a glimpse at several games we can expect to see when the Nintendo Switch launches in March 2017. Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon were shown, confirming rumors that several games will be ported over from the Wii U. There was also footage of The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and a Mario game that was built off of Super Mario 3D World engine.

In terms of the console itself, the to-go tablet can be docked in a station which allows any game to be played on a TV. The controller can be attached to the sides of the tablet or connected to a base that makes it look a traditional game controller. The tablet has a kickstand, a headphone jack, and will use cartridge-based media.

As a former Wii U evangelist, I am cautiously optimistic about this console. The Nintendo Switch is a fantastic idea, but so was the Wii U. I’m withholding firm opinions until Nintendo dishes out the details. I am looking forward to learning more.

[Source: YouTube]

Written by Marcus Garrett

Marcus created Top Shelf Gaming to celebrate the awesome things about the video game industry while challenging the areas of the video game community that could be improved. He loves playing guitar and eating tacos, but never at the same time.

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