Nintendo NX is now Nintendo Switch and it’s Legit!
Nintendo NX is now Nintendo Switch and it is legit as hell! As the gaming community anticipated Nintendo’s new console, many were concerned that it would not live up to the hype. As a fellow Nintendo enthusiast, I have great faith in the company and was hoping that Nintendo could once again rise to the competition of Sony and Microsoft. In turn overthrowing their stranglehold on the console industry for nearly 5 years. Countless rumors have been thrown around as to what the new Nintendo console would be. Many (well everyone) were very concerned it would just be a new gimmick that everyone’s favorite gaming company has become famous for. However, yesterday Nintendo unveiled the Nintendo Switch in a video trailer, and it didn’t disappoint.
Since the Nintendo NX is now Nintendo Switch, many of the rumors turned out to be true as the Nintendo Switch is a home console/tablet hybrid with detachable controllers. It seamlessly switches (pun intended) from your TV, right to the tablet which looks very similar to Wii U game-pad. I really believe that the Switch is what Nintendo wanted the Wii U to be, but failed to accomplish this due to marketing and lackluster hardware.
Now you can take your console games on the go for the first time and not have to skip a beat. Nintendo is also doing something very innovative with this design by bringing couch multiplayer out of the household. This is a part of gaming that has almost gone extinct since the emergence of online multiplayer. However, with the switch you can now bring your multiplayer experiences to your friend’s house, on vacation, or better yet to tournaments and conventions. No longer will Gamers need to bring their Wii U attached to a power supply and monitor to play casuals with their friends at Anime Expo. Just throw the Switch in your backpack and you are good to go.
Now while this all sounds amazing so far, we haven’t even got into the best news yet. No, it is not the detachable controllers that come off the side of the tablet or the really cool looking dock that holster’s it. It is not even the fact that the Nintendo Switch has a standard controller that looks almost identical to the Wii U Pro Controller or the car mount that the tablet slides into for road trips (some of you missed that in the trailer, your welcome). The real gem of this announcement is the massive amount of third party support. After the presentation, Nintendo released a list of all of the third party support that has signed onto the Switch and it is pretty much EVERYONE. All of the industry giants are signed on for the Switch and are excited about it. This is huge for Nintendo and for all of us. With this commitment from these companies, Nintendo could finally be the primary household system again. Christmas 2017 there is a solid chance you will see Call of Duty and Battlefield on a Nintendo system for the first time since the release of the Wii in 2006.
The reason I am throwing around this wild accusation is the fact that NVidia’s next generation GPU technology is built into the system, which means its graphics should be on par with the PS4. Companies now no longer need to make a “Nintendo” version of their franchise title to port it to the Switch. While no specs have been released it has been confirmed that NVidia made a special version of the new Tegra GPU to create console graphics in a handheld device with their new Pascal technology built in. This is why NVidia discontinued the Shield and their other mobile devices just a few months ago. That is how much faith they have in Nintendo’s new system and that is the type of investment NVidia made into this company.
The fanboy in me could go on and on about how excited I am for the Nintendo Switch. The enhanced graphics, the NVidia support, combined with the third party commitments create a potential that Nintendo hasn’t had in almost half a decade. The mobility and the on the go multiplayer makes this system a must own in my opinion. I know the Nintendo NX is now Nintendo Switch and I couldn’t be more excited. But I am just one man. What do you think about Nintendo’s announcement? Please let me know in the comments below and stay tuned to AreYouGaming.com for continuous coverage of the Nintendo Switch.