Nintendo Switch Overview

More info on nintendos upcoming console

09 Feb 2017
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As the Switch nears its birth into the real world.

Nintendo has been drip-feeding us new information about the innovative console. This time, we're taking a close look at the hardware of the Nintendo Switch and how it'll influence the way you use the console. In this quick video, we go over the different modes the Switch can be used to accommodate the many styles of play, we look at the mysterious Joy-Cons and just how you'll be using them. And how multiplayer will work with your friends and an emphasis on just how important it is to this new and exciting console!

Nintendo Switch Hardware Overview

 

TV Mode

This is the vanilla mode for the Switch, docking the console at your TV and playing with the Joy-Cons either in their controller cradle, holding a Joy-Con in each hand or using just one Joy-Con horizontally and giving the other to a friend for a gentlemen's game of Mario Kart - or playing on your own because you suck at Mario Kart and need practice.

Handheld Mode

You guessed it! Lock those Joy-Cons into the sides of your Switch and take the whole damn console out to the park for a relaxing stroll. Just you, nature, and the Ice Temple in The Legend of Zelda.

Tabletop Mode

The feature Nintendo has cleverly added to make a simple coop game easier to play. Pull out the kickstand, pass a controller to your friend or rival and start a split screen game to put your Mario Kart practice to the test. Just remember if you're not first, you're last.

Multiplayer

 This is a biggie for me seeing as multiplayer really decides whether you stick with a game or munch through the single player content and move on to the next game. The Nintendo Switch features Wi-Fi connectivity and a local multiplayer with up to 8 other consoles. This may seem like a rare occurrence but remember that 1/2 of the time it's a handheld device so meeting with friends for a game is actually a possibility as opposed to system link play with 2-4 PlayStation or Xbox' that they always pushed that no one actually used. With the convenience and plug and play of the Switch being able to setup quick LAN parties is actually a simple task

Joy-Con

It looks as if Nintendo have implemented features from their previous consoles but an emphasis on what worked whilst scrapping what didn't. Joy-Cons have a built-in accelerometer and Gyroscope, so much like the Wiimote, you can use the Joy-Con as a motion control for some added variety in gameplay (Think steering wheels, boxing gloves, and hopefully sword fighting because I loved Wii resort fencing and the underappreciated Red Steel)

These controllers also have built in rumble packs to reproduce in game sensations and the right Joy-Con is fitted with an IR camera and NFC Amiibo functionality, whilst the left controller has a capture button for screenshots.

My Opinion

"So there, I pretty much summed up what the Switch has to offer and what Nintendo are focusing on with this new console. Will it be welcomed with open arms? Is it going to be as simple and easy to use as they say? Will we get another Wii/DS success, or with it be a WiiU blunder? All these are legitimate questions and in the humble opinion of this connoisseur of vidya, I can only *hope* that game developers get onboard with this innovative console to break the mold of today's mainstream video games. Sure, some cry "gimmicky" but I enjoyed the Wii and 3DS because developers took advantage of the hardware and kept things fresh with clever game design such as the mini-games in GTA: Chinatown Wars for 3DS or using Samus' spaceship controls in Metroid: Prime for Wii. Time will tell, lucky that time is 1 month away." - Nick

 

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