After months of keeping details sparse, Nintendo has finally unveiled “Nintendo Switch.”
While much of what’s shown in the trailer is close to what’s been leaked and rumored over the past few months, it’s still thrilling to see Nintendo putting out something new. Set to release in March 2017, the Nintendo Switch is ready to launch side-by-side with the highly anticipated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Also featured in the trailer is Skyrim.
Despite the Wii U’s poor sales, Nintendo has managed to dominate the handheld console market with their almost annual iterations of the 3DS. Perhaps the blend between home console and handheld will be where Nintendo will recapture their market.
While the trailer was decidedly sparse on hardware features, many are speculating that the Switch won’t be hitting the same performance benchmarks as the Xbox One or PS4. This might turn off some, but it’s worth remembering that the most powerful console doesn’t always sell the most. Surely Nintendo is trying to sell as many NX’s as possible, but they could also be positioning themselves to be a household’s second console next to Microsoft or Sony’s more powerful machines. After all, Nintendo’s stellar first party line-up on the Wii U is what kept the console popular amongst families after third party support vanished.
Nintendo’s reveal came less than 24 hours after Nintendo of America announced the preview trailer. While short notice announcements aren’t exactly Nintendo’s style, it seems the strategy worked to shift gamers’ focus from Rockstars Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer that is set to debut one hour after NX’s reveal.
What do you make of Nintendo’s next console? Does it have what it takes to recover from the Wii U?