A few years ago, I remember reading a report mentioning that Nintendo planned to go mobile. There were speculations about them venturing into games designed for smartphones - the Miitomo, Pokémon Go, and the upcoming Super Mario Run all pointed toward that thought.

Turns out, Nintendo has been playing us all along. Earlier today they have unveiled their new console, the Nintendo Switch. First impressions are awesome.

Let's cut to the chase.

  • The Switch looks like what a Nintendo Wii U controller should look like. Cool with a badass attitude. In short, it's a tablet with detachable controllers.

  • There is a dock, which can connect to the TV for home gaming. We can assume this is how it charges as well. It looks gorgeous.

  • There's also a "pro" controller.

  • It can play The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. Some people have commented that it's the Remastered version, if so, that's awesome!

  • It's a cartridge-based system. It's not confirmed if Nintendo 3DS games will work here. Maybe future ones if Nintendo decides to merge console and mobile gaming.

  • You can play two players on a single screen.

  • There's a kickstand too! Yes, it makes all the difference.

  • Nintendo is moving toward the esports scene.

  • It runs on Nvidia Tegra, which Nvidia claims is one of the latest and most powerful chips available. We doubt that, actually. The Switch is going to be less powerful than the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

  • Nintendo has announced a long list of partners. This includes Activision, Square Enix, From Software, Atlus, Bandai Namco, Bethesda, Unity, Capcom, Konami, Havok, Ubisoft, among many others. The mere inclusion of Unity alone gives us hope that Nintendo will provide greater support for indie platforms. Also, does this mean we will get exclusive games from developers and publishers mentioned above? Maybe. That gives us a lot of reasons to love the Switch more. 

Nintendo has made it clear in the past that they do not intend to compete against Sony and Microsoft. Fans agree; it's always something to complement the gaming experience. But with the Switch, we don't know. Looks like Nintendo wants to catch up and deliver actually fun games to play.

It's no argument that the Switch won't be as powerful as the other two consoles. We don't care, really. If you want razor-sharp graphics and that's all that matters to you, stick to PC. As for us, we have high hopes that Nintendo will deliver fun and exciting games with the Switch.

About the author: Jon Castillo

Jonathan is hiding from a lynch mob after messing with the wrong basketball team. His favorite song is "Boys do Fall in Love" by Robin Gibb.

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