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.