Nintendo flips creative Switch

“Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” has been announced for the Switch. (Courtesy of Nintendo)

Sarah Noone and Shane Foley
Connector Contributors

After months of speculation by gamers everywhere, Nintendo finally released the first trailer of their brand new game system: the Nintendo Switch. One of the most important things to make note of regarding this new console is its unique features.

Instead of just a single console that can only be played on a TV, the Switch has on-the-go capability that makes it possible for gamers to detach the system from the dock and play it anywhere. This is seen early on in the trailer, where a gamer is playing the new “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” on a TV, when suddenly he detaches the remotes and plays it on the go using the tablet feature. This means the possibilities are endless for the Nintendo Switch. In such a busy world where people are always on the move, it will be exciting to have a system that can do everything in one.

One large question that the trailer for the Nintendo Switch poses is whether or not it replaces the Nintendo 3DS. It appears as though this console is fully portable, being able to play no matter how far away the player is from the television. Also, Nintendo is apparently switching from disks to cartridges, like the 3DS currently uses. This could open up a lot of opportunities for Nintendo. Could we see a “Pokemon” game on the Nintendo Switch?

There is a lot of buzz about the new game system going around the UMass Lowell campus ever since the release of the trailer. Alex Mauricio, a mechanical engineering major believes that the Nintendo Switch has a lot of potential due to the developers that have backed it.

“The Switch has caught my interest. A lot of AAA developers have backed it, developers who in recent years only made games for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Now that makes me think that Nintendo might be coming back to the frontline of consoles, and they’re bringing their experience with mobile gaming to the table.”

Another question the Nintendo Switch trailer raised was the question of ports. Several games that are not sponsored directly by Nintendo were seen being played on the Nintendo Switch in the trailer, including “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” and “NBA 2K17.” This would be an anomaly from Nintendo, who has typically only released games that were made in-house, save a couple of ports on the Wii U. Does the trailer indicate that Nintendo will be more open to working with other game developers? Perhaps, does this hint at more third party representation?

Due to the fact that the Nintendo Switch will also be able to play games such as “Skyrim,” it gives gamers a lot of hope for the console’s future.  James Wilson Joutras, a fellow student here at Umass Lowell is looking forward to this, as well as its flexible features.

“I was really excited because it looks really cool. It’s awesome that you can take out games on the go. I was a little taken back because it’s different, but it’s still really cool.”

We can only hope that between now and the March 2017 release, Nintendo will fill us in with the intricate details regarding the system.

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