The TL;DR - Nintendo is playing with the big boys again

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October 20, 2016

These days, it seems like there's a new Nintendo project every few months, so it's hard to know which one to focus on. 

The easy answer for anyone who likes gaming is "all of them," but the company's latest announcement, the "Nintendo Switch" might be their biggest and most innovative.

What is it? 

Well, simply put, it's a brand-new gaming platform from Nintendo that is the stronger, taller, badass little brother to the Wii U, like Mark and Donnie Wahlberg. The console itself is a tablet mounted in a 'console' where your controllers slide into the sides when you're on the go unlike the Wii U, where using the separate screen was dependent on being near the console. The controllers are apparently called "Joy-Cons." It's a lot of pieces, but it seems like if you put everything back when you're done, they won't be easy to lose.

What's really cool is that when connected, you are playing on your TV. Need to go? Pick up the tablet and it seamlessly picks up right where you left off (at least that's what it shows in the video). The Joy-Cons can even disconnect in order to play multiplayer using just the halves of the original controller. The tablet has a kickstand you can use to play on the go, as well as a headphone jack (novel concept, huh apple?).

No other wires, though. Just plug and go.

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What games will it have?

The video shows a variety of games available including Nintendo classics like Zelda and Mario Kart, but also showed some sort of NBA game and what looked to be Skyrim, which are both new additions to the Nintendo world. The video also showed what looks to be a brand-new Super Mario game in the same vein as Super Mario 64 and Splatoon with an E-Sports angle.

How much will it cost?

There isn't an announced price on the head of the new console/mobile-gaming hybrid, but we do know that Nintendo plans to release it into the wild in March 2017. 

Anything else? 

Yeah, we don't know the resolution of the screen, how long the battery will last on these graphics-heavy games on this unknown size and resolution screen, and not knowing how much it'll cost doesn't put me at ease. This could be a very cool hybrid for Nintendo if these details get ironed out, but the "on-the-go" charm could easily lose its exceptionalism if it only lasts two hours into your 18-hour flight to Antigua.


The TL;DR: Nintendo is releasing a new gaming console/mobile-gaming hybrid, which will be available in March. It's pretty cool.

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