Nintendo Switch will make its debut March 2017 as the first “hybrid console” that gives players the ability to easily switch from playing in the comfort of their home to on-the-go gaming.
The console includes a hand-held, high-definition screen with two detachable Joy-Con controllers for portable use, and a dock to be rested on when connected to the TV.
“If you are playing a game on the TV, you can take it off and then continue everywhere you go,” said Paul Aganbi, junior business administration major. “Xbox does not have a portable. PlayStation does, but it is separate.”
Derek Gutierrez, freshman computer science major, said he anticipates the device’s mobilization will increase its worth in the gaming world.
“What is great about the Nintendo Switch is its mobile capability,” Gutierrez said. “You essentially get two products in one.”
The two Joy-Con controllers can be used for one player, one in each hand, or can be separated for two players. Other accessories can be attached to act as a controller, and Nintendo has also provided gamers with the option to combine multiple consoles for multi-player use.
According to review site “Let’s Play Video Games,” the console is rumored to be priced at $249.99, a competitive rate when compared to other next-gen systems selling for much higher amounts.
Whether the device is within consumer budget or not, the console is expected to be in high demand and change the face of gaming.
“It will bring more customers and attention back to Nintendo,” said Kaylyn Nipales, freshman psychology major.
By removing the system from the dock, it instantly becomes a portable device that can be joined together with others’ systems or played solo at a park, on a plane or wherever the gamer desires to be.
“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America in a Nintendo press release. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”
Throughout the years, Nintendo has evolved with the generations and continues to succeed. Following their global success with Pokémon GO, Nintendo is sure to continue making another impact and difference in the way the world plays video games.