The time for speculation is finally over. We now know exactly what NX is, sort of. Nintendo showed off a brief teaser trailer for their newest system, now called Switch. As it was speculated the system is a hybrid of a console and a handheld. The system is housed inside a screen which will plug into a dock connected to your TV. That will allow you to play games on your TV at home with a traditional controller. You can then unhook it from there, snap on a couple controllers (called Joy-con) to the sides and take it with you on the go.
Other things shown off in the trailer were a more traditional Pro Controller that now features off-set analog sticks similar to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Gone are the analog sticks located above the buttons, something I’m kinda sad to see go. Each of the two snap-on Joy-cons can act as individual controllers giving you multi-player options that allow more people to play games together. They can also be snapped into a Joy-Con dock which will then make the controller feel like a more traditional set up. The system includes a kick-stand and does not require the Joy-Cons to be plugged into the screen to play. That will allow you to set the screen up on a floor or a table and act as a small TV screen.
Some of the games shown off during the trailer were a new 3D World style Mario game, Splatoon, Mario Kart, an NBA basketball game and Skyrim. It appears there will be some options for play available at launch, but that information will have to wait until a later date.
Also shown off was the confirmed return to cartridge based games. This will be the first home console since the N64 to go away from disc-based media. Just how big those cartridges are is yet to be determined, but we know now that it will not have a spinning media drive on the system.
There are still plenty of questions left to be answered, but we now have some idea of what Switch is. We still need to know release date, pricing, and other details about just what the system can do. We have the official reveal. Now Nintendo needs to announce when they’ll be revealing more information about the system.
Now, if you haven’t, watch the reveal trailer.