A few months ago, Nintendo gave us our first look at the Switch – née NX – the company’s latest piece of gaming hardware. The reveal came in the form of a wordless three-and-a-half-minute video, showing people playing the console/handheld hybrid in a variety of improbable locations – basketball court, rooftop party – and with a variety of controller configurations. The video shows off the Switch’s ability to seamlessly transition from home to portable use, offers our first look at the detachable controllers, and confirms that the system will use cartridges, as has previously been rumored. Ostensible gameplay footage offers some hints as to what might be coming down the pike, but otherwise the video is light on specifics. Mostly it just puts a face to the name, confirming the rumors and the actual look of the hybrid console we’ve been imagining (and hilariously drawing) for months now.
When rumors that the NX was going to be a handheld-home console hybrid started swirling, I was unenthused, and a bit skeptical. But after watching the reveal trailer (a bunch of times), I’m sold on the concept. I don’t know what did the trick. Maybe it was the glorious return of asymmetrical analog sticks to a Nintendo controller; maybe it was thought of replaying Skyrim (which I’ll never do, because who has 800 hours to spare?) on a Nintendo platform; or maybe it’s just my heart catching up to the inevitability that I will buy whatever Nintendo puts out. But whatever the reason, I’m excited to get my hands on a Switch. Continue reading Switch Incoming