Solid information on the console is few and far between at the moment with Nintendo not giving out more information, possibly until the new year. I’ve been digging through what I can, and I will share what I have learned with you all here.
We know from the video the Nintendo Switch will practically be a convertible hand-held console, capable of running some pretty high end games like Skyrim Remastered and Zelda: Breath of The Wild, while on the go or convert it into a home system on the TV. The pure demand on the console while hand-held is going to be extreme and Nvidia have a solution with the custom Tegra processor, which is said to be one of the fastest processors for hand-helds available today. They have also developed a new GPU based on the architecture of the Nvidia Geforce, which is one of the highest quality gaming graphics on the market today in terms of “bang for buck”.
Whilst no price has been announced, Tesco did release a pre order page before quickly taking it down for £350.00. This was most likely a place holder, and some analysts believe it will retail closer to £250.00. Extra costs will, of course, exist, as with all previous Nintendo consoles. The controller will probably cost a little extra and will likely come in a bundle with a game making it close to £300.00. One analyst went as far as stating it would sell in full at $250.00 and would sell 2.5 million units in the first month and 10.6 million within a year. Baring in mind the Wii U only just reached 13 million as of June this is quite an optimistic thought. This is only one persons voiced opinion and we should probably take it with a pinch of salt.
New third party developers are on board with the new console and paint an exciting future. With EA, Activision, Bethesda, Square Enix, and Epic Games, we could see games like Battlefield, Battlefront, Call of Duty and a possibility of Final Fantasy XIV and the FFVII remake, and even the remaster of XII coming to Nintendo. This shows us the developers have a lot of faith in the new console’s power and capabilities, which should allow for some of the greatest gaming Nintendo has ever given to us. One Wall Street Journal journalist heard one developer, unnamed at this time, will be moving their games from PS4 to Nintendo, which is good news for them. Several Wii U ports are pretty much guaranteed also, such as Zelda and Mario games, so we may even see some other big titles coming across.
The worry of the Switch is going to be its portable battery life, and if we’ll be able to charge them when no dock is available. Rumours suggest the battery life will be around 3 hours, and for me that is plenty of time, as I live like a hermit with an internet connection, but for many going out and sharing their games with friends, this might not seem long enough. When compared to the 3DS, the battery life is 3.5 hours to 5.5 hours, and it sits around where I would expect it to and if they implement a power saving mode for the Switch, this could easily match those times.
Whilst I think this may completely destroy the Nintendo image of console and hand-helds being separate, I wouldn’t trade in your old 3DS just yet. The Switch is not backwards compatible, but they may, one day, announce the online functions supporting backwards compatibility similar to the Xbox One. All those remakes, I’ll have to hold out for on the Switch announcing this functionality. If they manage this and bring similar home apps like Netflix along we could be looking at the best selling console of 2017. Before Nintendo consoles and devices were only good to me for the latest Zelda titles, but I think they will attract new audiences and restore faith in the die-hard fans.
With no actual date of release, other than March 2017, it cannot be coincidence that the new Zelda title is released March 4th 2017. Here’s hoping, because I can’t wait to get my hands on and let Nintendo amaze me. There may even be exclusive Zelda bundles and designs for the console, which will definitely boost sales for that first month, as everyone loves a limited edition. This console will bring Nintendo to the “Next Generation” of gaming and allow many new classics into our gaming world.
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