First Look at Nintendo Switch

Introducing Nintendo Switch! In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.

The Nintendo Switch is both a portable and home console, and that’s brilliant news. In a year or two — once the Wii U and 3DS are inevitably retired — that means every Nintendo studio will be making games for the same system. Brilliant. If you’re a Switch owner, you should (emphasis on “should”) get a steady stream of titles every year, regardless of the support from third parties. Pikmin, Metroid, Fire Emblem. All of these franchises will soon be focused on the same console and player base, building out a library that’s attractive to more and more people.

The 3DS has a wonderful back catalog: I want that quality and diversity replicated on a big-screen TV. If Nintendo can deliver on that, I’ll be in, regardless of whether it has Mass Effect: Andromeda or not. As for the hardware itself? It looks a little finicky to me, with lots of intricate parts for children to break or lose. I’m worried about the ergonomics too — some of the different controller modes look a tad cumbersome. Sure, there’s an (optional) stand-alone controller, but that should be for home use only. When I’m out and about, I’ll be using the Joy-Con attachments — I just hope they’re comfortable over extended play sessions.

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