Last year, gaming giant Nintendo made news with some of their new releases, such as their new game Pokémon: Sun and Moon and the new Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Classic Edition console that paid homage to the original NES console that was released in 1985.
One new product announced this year that has gaming fanatics hyped is the Nintendo Switch, the successor to the Wii U which is slated to be released in March of this year. The Nintendo Switch offers flexible playability in and out of home, and is a new design compared to previous Nintendo consoles.
“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Nintendo’s President and Chief Operating Officer Reggie Fils-Aime. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”
The Nintendo Switch introduces an all-new design, with detachable controllers and a mountable gamepad that can connect to a TV with the Nintendo Switch Dock. RAHS sophomore and game fanatic Eric Lottsfeldt believes that Nintendo is on the right track.
“It has potential,” said Lottsfeldt. “I can’t say much about it yet because they haven’t released any specs whatsoever, just what it looks like. But I feel that Nintendo definitely learned from their mistakes on the Wii U.”
Sophomore and long time Nintendo fan Kenny Pham feels the idea of the Nintendo Switch is a great concept for gamers constantly on the go.
“Not many people have the time to sit down in front of their television to play video games in our modern, commute-based society,” said Pham. “The Nintendo Switch transfers the home console experience over to a handheld, which will be able to fit into many schedules, ultimately reaching out to a wider audience.”
Though the specifications are not yet known, word has gotten out about some key components of the Nintendo Switch.
“Rumours have it [that] the price is actually very low, around $250 I think,” said Lottsfeldt, “I personally think that’s very good because my main problem with the Wii U was that it was very expensive for what it was, and I did not want to invest that much money into that console.”
The concept and rumored low price of the Nintendo Switch are not the only things that have prospective fans hyped. New processing technology in the hardware brings potential for innovations in gaming software.
“The fact that the Nintendo Switch’s processor is the NVIDIA GPU is already something to be looking forward to,” said Pham. “As it’s based on [the] world’s top performing, commercially available graphics cards, Nintendo will have a lot of creative freedom when it comes to developing video games.”
Nintendo has already demonstrated creative freedom with the upcoming release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [BotW], which promises to revolutionize the series.
“I’m very excited for this game [BotW] because Nintendo is switching up the formula for this series — creating new mechanics, a complete open world environment, and more importantly a new design for our protagonist, Link,” said Pham. “This game is truly going to be a breath of fresh air for all gamers alike.”
Fans are relieved to know that Nintendo has their best interests in mind for whatever they decide to release, and the stream of nostalgic products continue to capture the hearts of fans worldwide.
“I haven’t played a legit Pokémon game in the main series for around 4 years, and seeing Pokémon: Sun and Moon on the shelves made me really happy because it gave me something I could relate to,” said Lottsfeldt. “Even though I’m older now, it gave me something that I related to as a young child, with his Gameboy in his room all alone for hours upon hours.”