Good afternoon, and what’s up, everybody? My name is XenFeather, and welcome back to another episode of… Wait a minute… This isn’t a video game… What’s this? Huh. That’s weird. It’s like a… message… of some sort… Yes, everybody! Just this morning was the release of the official announcementof the NX, or as we now call it, the Nintendo Switch. And this new console has blown every expectation that had out of the water. And I wanna talk about it! Now, not a lot was really known about the Switch when it was first discussed under its original alias of the NX back in March 2015. BUT there were a few tidbits of information that were released by Nintendo, such as, “it’s a brand new concept,” and, “the NX will be more connected to users’ digital lives than previous Nintendo hardware.” This left many fans scratching their heads as to what this could actually MEAN until October of that same year when rumors started circulating from unconfirmed sources about the console itself, calling it a “console-handheld hybrid.” People speculated about the meaning of this, discussing the implications of such a device, especially with the less-than stellar response to Nintendo’s previous console, the Wii U.

The rumors themselves seemed to be believable after a time, especially after the Pokemon Company itself stated that “Nintendo will change the concept of portables with the NX.” And little did we actually know, but… they were right…! With so much mystery and so little information contributed from Nintendo itself, it was no wonder fans were starving for information to the point of BOMBARDING the company through social media outlets- including other companies such as Papa Johns. Yeah. The pizza place. This was further exacerbated by the fact that Nintendo announced that they would NOT be releasing any information about the NX during the E3 conference back in June of this year.

But now- NOW we’ve seen it! And it… is… beautiful. Now, it is NO secret that I’m a sucker for Nintendo, so, I will try to put aside my bias and just give you the facts. The Nintendo Switch at its surface is, as previously stated, a “console-handheld hybrid.” As we can see during the initial announcement trailer, it is comprised of the main console itself, doubling as a docking station, which holds the portable HD screen, and a “Joy-Con” controller, which seems to resemble what one would possibly GET if the original Wii controller and a nunchuck got it on with a Wii U game pad. Despite its potentially questionable design and origins, it seems like this thing is pretty neat.

We can see it being used in a variety of ways, such as inside the Switch body configuration, its mobile configuration, single player duel controllers, or even doubling up as an additional controller for another person to use, enabling them to join the game that you’re currently playing. Along with the so-called Joy-Con, we were also treated to a reveal of an “optional” Switch Pro controller: a more TRADITIONAL route to the Not-so traditional console. Specs for the system right now seem to be a bit sparse, but the running idea is that home-console play will perform at a native 1080p resolution, while the portable screen is complete with a inch visual span at a 720p HD resolution, and completed with your average analog audio jack. Ooooh, Apple. Shots Fired. This alone shows that Nintendo’s current initiative is to attempt fill every possible niche in gaming for their users to enjoy- at home, on the go, innovative, and nostalgic…

all wrapped into one concise package. It begs the question, though- will this be Nintendo’s new era of gaming? Will the divide between gaming at home and on the go suddenly fade? WILL THIS? BE THE END? OF THE GAMING? DISK? From a consuming standpoint, we can’t really anticipate what kind of impact the Switch will have in the market at the current time. Demand seems high as excitement abounds, but what about the price tag? In the past, Nintendo has tried to make its products more affordable to the general public, even going so far as to remove chargers and peripherals from the newer editions of their systems in order to do so- but seeing as this is a whole new console with all new tech, including a custom NVIDIA Tegra processor, it’s hard to say.

NVIDIA itself boasts that this GPU is “based on the same architecture as the world’s top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards.” They also go on to say that not only were they involved in the development of this new chip for the hardware, but that they were also involved in the creation of the “algorithms, computer architecture, system design, system software, APIs, game engines and peripherals.” This seemed to impress a lot of developers, as at the time of the Switch’s announcement, a list was released of 48 different software companies that have ALREADY pledged their support towards the console, including big names such as Activision, Bethesda, Capcom, EA, and Ubisoft, which is more than the Wii U ever had at launch. Even in the release trailer, we saw people playing Skyrim. SKYRIM. ON A NINTENDO SYSTEM. It makes me wonder if they’re waiting for the release of Skyrim’s upcoming special edition to coincide with the release of the Switch, which is projected for March of next year.

Skyrim isn’t the only game worth noting for the Switch’s upcoming lineup, either. We also got to see a variety of other games, including the previously teased “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” Splatoon, and new game installments for Both Super Mario and Mario Kart- and some unnamed NBA game, but eh… SPORTS. This all being said, as EXCITED as I am for this new console, I do have a few minor concerns. Just because we’ve seen these new games as part of the trailer, other than the new Legend of Zelda, we’ve received no announcements for any other games, exclusive or not, that will be present as part of the launch’s lineup.

We don’t even have any true confirmation about backwards compatibility, or which games will have that privilege, if any. And finally, there’s the matter of the console itself. TRULY it is an innovative and new take on gaming, and one I’m more than excited to try, but I keep having horrible premonitions of the screen suddenly becoming unlocked from the middle of the Joy-Con, and BOOM. No more Switch. Not so “Joy-ful” NOW, is it? I can only hope that once the launch date comes, it will be alongside protective equipment for the hardware to not only keep it in place, but to protect it from every day nicks and scratches that just happen to mobile devices regardless.

Well there you have it, the long-elusive information about the NX. So, are you excited for this console? Let me know your thoughts on the Switch down in the comments below! Though I have to say, regardless of one’s opinions of Nintendo or speculation of the console, I’m sure we can agree that even an attempt at such a feat will leave a spin on the gaming market and the community from now on. SO! If you liked this video, be sure to CRIT that like button, and let me know what you thought of this video down in the comments below. I’ll see you next time, and don’t forget to stay awesome. Bye!

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