By Christian Pattison
Fast. Smooth. Stationary.
These all describe current gen gaming consoles. Nintendo, the once legendary game console developer, has fallen far behind the likes of Sony’s PlayStation4, Microsoft’s XBox One and gaming PCs. Nintendo monopolized the video game markets for over two decades, from 1979 to the early 2000’s. When the PS4 and Xbox One were released in 2013, Nintendo became nearly obsolete, barely hanging on with its handheld devices, even though its current console WiiU was released a whole year earlier. Now Nintendo is stepping up to the plate one more time and will have to hit a homerun if it wants to stay in the series of console gaming. From the looks of it, it really has, at least from a creative standpoint.
Presenting the Nintendo Switch, a console and handheld device hybrid. With the Switch you have the option of playing on a handheld device or you can plug in the handheld device into the console system and play on a larger TV screen. With the handheld device you don’t have to compromise playing multi-player as the controls on the device detach into two controllers. This means that on the smaller device’s screen you can still play games like Mario Kart with a friend.
The beauty of the Switch is that you can have a proper station at home on your TV and still be able to play wherever you want. The Switch uses the classic Nintendo Cartridges which you must put into the smaller device to play. Unlike previous Nintendo consoles, this time the Nintendo will have a larger range of high quality games along with the classics.
The gaming industry has never seen something quite like this and it can only go down as revolutionary or drown in a lukewarm reception.