Hybrid Gaming: The Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch or as it was popularly known as NX — is one of the most intriguing piece of gaming hardware we have seen in the recent times. It’s a modular device that can be used as a portable console or placed in a dock for living room gaming. But Nintendo packed a lot more detail than that into its three-minute trailer for the Switch, so let’s get into it right away.

Nintendo’s goal with the Switch is to include every gaming niches — single-player couch and mobile sessions, party gaming, meeting another friend with a console, even e-sports. So we have seen 5 different ways to play switch. Isn’t it amazing?

Lookwise: It is mostly like a standard console: a black box sitting next to the TV, with a handheld gamepad. But then, its owner — who’s playing Zelda — gets up and reveals that the main controls slide off the frame of the gamepad, then slide onto the sides of a small tablet nestled in the box. Pull it out, and you’ve got a handheld console.

In some situations, you can also prop it up with a kickstand and use one half of the controller in each hand.

There is also an option of putting the Switch back into its living room console box, but use a more traditional controller instead.

The Switch controller is called the Joy-Con

Nintendo describes each small half-controller as a Joy-Con, with an analog stick and four face buttons on each. As we see above, they can be used separately, slotted onto the side of the main Switch body, or secured to a Joy-Con Grip accessory.

The Switch uses DS-like GameCards

Remember “cartridges”?? They’re essentially the kind of little cards that players of portable Nintendo games will be familiar with. They pop right into the side of the tablet, like so:

It’s coming in March

No price, no precise date. But that’s still not too far away. Until then, here’s Nintendo’s detailed rendering of the Switch in both its living room and portable forms.

About Anmol Trakru 39 Articles
I have been born and brought up in Delhi, also called mini India. Being brought up in an environment where politics is preached and followed has actually made me an extrovert, opinionated and very adaptive (Jugaadu) to situations. Apart from blogging, I love football, video-games, travelling, trekking, and meeting new people.

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