Once revered as one of the best gaming companies in the world, Nintendo had fallen into a trench of failed platforms, outdated graphics, and mediocre reviews over the past decade. It seemed with each new reveal; Nintendo couldn’t help but take two steps back, causing the doomsday clock to start ticking. There was nothing that could be done as millions of fans hopelessly watched as Nintendo teetered on the brink of collapse. With one last effort after the dismal Wii U, the company unveiled their final chance at redemption. Dubbed the Nintendo Switch, the hybrid console not only garnered rave reviews but seemed to give new life to the company that brought us the beloved Mario.
Nintendo Switch isn’t just a console that comes loaded with newer technology; it promises to change the way we play games altogether. During its debut last week, a sleek trailer was shown that displayed what makes Nintendo’s newest machines not just unique but a game changer.
For starters, the designers took the generic console that we’ve all come to know so well and blended it with the tablet. It’s been over ten years since the 1st generation iPad was released and not much has changed with the design. While the games have gotten increasingly better, the problem with no joysticks or buttons continues to plague tablet gamers. Seeing a huge demand for versatility, Nintendo designed the Switch with two controllers (named Joy-Con L and Joy-Con R) that clip on either side of the console. This allows players to take the console on the go and play it anywhere.
To make the Switch even more impressive, the controllers can be removed and used individually for two players. Nintendo didn’t just make a handheld device – they made an entirely handheld console. By simply popping off the controllers and pulling out the handy kickstand on the back, the once handheld device is now a fully functional console.
The one aspect of the Switch that shows how versatile it really is – is the docking station. Nintendo decided to use the docking platform for more than just charging the device. By sliding the Switch into the station, the system won’t only charge, but it can also be streamed onto a television where gamers can continue their quests.
As for gaming, not much is known other than what was seen in the trailer. Nintendo did announce that the Switch won’t be compatible with Wii U or 3DS games, but it will take its own unique GameCard. While backwards compatibility is always a plus, it’s not a deal breaker as Nintendo did say the system will support Amiibo figures.
The biggest surprise was the gaming engine that will be used to power the graphics. For years, Nintendo always seemed to be a step behind companies like Microsoft and Sony, but on October 20th, Unreal Engine announced via Tweeter:
“We’re thrilled to partner with Nintendo to help Unreal Engine 4 developers
bring their games to Nintendo Switch.”
Revealing that the Unreal Engine 4 will be supported is a huge boost for the console. Games like Gears of War 4, Kingdom Hearts III, Eve: Valkyrie, and Final Fantasy VII Remake have all taken