Everything We Know So Far About the Nintendo Switch
After months of rumors about the mysterious “NX,” Nintendo finally announced its newest console, the Nintendo Switch. Let’s take a look at everything we know so far.
The Switch is a complicated little console with multiple parts. The console itself has a screen, but it doesn’t appear to be a two-screen experience like the Wii U. Instead, you insert the console into the Nintendo Switch Dock to use it with your TV like a home console. You remove it from the dock in order to switch it to a handheld system, and that’s when the Switch’s own screen comes into play.
Its specs are currently unknown, except that it uses an NVIDIA GPU.
The Switch comes with two Joy-Con Controllers. These can be attached to the sides of the screen, which makes it resemble the Wii U GamePad, detached and used as two tiny controllers, or attached to the Joy-Con Grip to create a more traditional controller. You’ll also be able to buy a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.
Unlike Nintendo’s past few consoles, the Switch uses cartridges instead of discs. It will not support physical backwards compatibility with either Wii U or 3DS games. Digital backwards compatibility is still unknown.
A small selection of Nintendo Switch games have been confirmed:
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Dragon Quest X (currently announced only for Japan)
- Dragon Quest XI (currently announced only for Japan)
- Just Dance 2017
- A new Sonic the Hedgehog game
- An unknown game from Image & Form (the developers of SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Heist)
The Nintendo Switch reveal trailer also showed:
- Skyrim (most likely the Special Edition)
- An NBA game (possibly NBA 2K17)
- Splatoon (either a new game or an updated version)
- Mario Kart (either a new game or an updated Mario Kart 8)
- An unknown Mario game
However, these games have yet to be announced. 2K Games and Bethesda declined to comment on whether NBA 2K17 and Skyrim are coming to the Nintendo Switch.
Finally, Nintendo also revealed a list of Nintendo Switch partners:
- 505 Games
- Activision Publishing, Inc.
- ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co., Ltd.
- ATLUS CO., LTD.
- Audiokinetic Inc.
- Autodesk, Inc.
- BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
- CAPCOM CO., LTD.
- CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.
- DeNA Co., Ltd.
- Electronic Arts
- Epic Games Inc.
- Firelight Technologies
- FromSoftware, Inc.
- GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC．
- Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc.
- HAMSTER Corporation
- INTI CREATES CO., LTD.
- KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.
- Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
- LEVEL-5 Inc.
- Marvelous Inc.
- Maximum Games, LLC
- Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
- Parity Bit Inc.
- PlatinumGames Inc.
- RAD Game Tools, Inc.
- RecoChoku Co., Ltd.
- SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
- Silicon Studio Corporation
- Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
- SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
- Starbreeze Studios
- Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
- Telltale Games
- THQ Nordic
- Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.
- TT Games
- Ubitus Inc.
- Unity Technologies, Inc.
- Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Web Technology Corp
There are several interesting names on that list, which could give the Nintendo Switch a promising lineup. That’s everything we currently know about Nintendo’s upcoming console, and we look forward to learning more.