A Guide to the Nintendo Switch: What You Need to Know About the Newest System
2017 is proving to be a year of change and unconventionality when it comes to home entertainment. So far we’ve witnessed huge advances in home automation with devices featuring artificial intelligence like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. We’ve also seen big jumps in virtual reality led by our friends at Sony with the PlayStation VR have revolutionized the entire industry and has become the benchmark of this emerging technology. Now Nintendo has decided to throw their hat in the ring and shake up the status quo on how we play video games. Their answer comes with the aptly named Nintendo Switch.
In the land of the free, the Switch strives to live up to its name. It is a multitude of devices all wrapped up into one with the sole intention of delivering gaming anytime, anyplace, anywhere. It can be described as a console system, it can also be described as a hand-held system, even more-so you could say it’s a portable console system and all descriptions would be accurate.
The Switch comes equipped with a 6.2” touch-screen display with snap on controllers for gaming on the go. Warning, it is not the advice of this author to game while walking. Cartoons have taught me two things, the first is that light-poles are not inanimate objects but rather have the counter-intuitive ability to sneak up on us at our most distracted state. The second, good will prevail over evil, no matter what kind of technology may be at the antagonist’s disposal.
When not in its portable form the Switch simply docks with the home base station which not only allows for gaming on your HDTV but also charges the device. 32GB of internal memory allow for some important purchasing decisions to be made at the Nintendo eShop.
The most exciting part of this system is what every Nintendo fan comes back for time and time again: the Nintendo games! The titles that are ubiquitous and proprietary with each new console release. These games include Legend of Zelda, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey and last but most definitely not least Splatoon 2. Simply insert your Game Card, pick a playing style, find your favorite spot and you are ready to go! This system is truly remarkable and one that hasn’t been seen yet but will most certainly be duplicated. The Nintendo Switch is set to be released on March 3rd, 2017.