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All We Know About the Nintendo Switch (So Far) October 21, 2016

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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Earlier today, Nintendo announced their in-development Nintendo NX console would be called the Nintendo Switch and released an announcement video.  Other than that announcement video, as of this time of writing, very little else has been announced about the console. This is unheard of in the modern game industry, as most console manufacturers will typically release detailed hardware specification sheets to the press following a major announcement like this.

So what do we know about the console based on what was in the video or what has been announced since the video was released?

  • It will use a type of memory similar to a DS or 3DS game card either for storage or game data.
  • Games for the Switch can either be played on a HDTV or its own portable screen.
  • It supports local wireless multiplayer with other Switch consoles.
  • It is powered by Nvidia Tegra hardware.  We know this because Nvidia announced it.
  • In portable mode, the Switch’s two side controllers are detachable from the system screen.
  • In home console mode, the Switch supports a more traditional wireless controller similar to the Wii U Pro or Xbox One controller.
  • It has a headphone jack.
  • The unit connects to your HDTV using a charging dock.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be coming to the Switch.
  • Skyrim is probably coming to the Switch.

There are still a lot of unknowns about this system. We clearly saw a Mario Kart and a Splatoon game being played in the announcement trailer, but we don’t know if these are going to be native game ports, sequels, or if the system is just streaming the original Wii U games.

We also don’t know what the console resolutions are going to be when in HDTV mode. Likely the console will support 1080p, but 4K support is quickly becoming essential for a modern game console.

Stay tuned to this website as we will be getting more information about the Switch as the day progresses.