Monday, January 16, 2017

The Nintendo Switch Presentation

Nintendo had their Switch presentation on Friday morning in Japan (Thursday night here in the USA). It only ran for about an hour but confirmed 100% the information on the price, launch date, and launch titles. The Nintendo Switch will launch March 3rd 2017 world wide at $299.99. Nintendo also showed off what the Switch can do and how the Joy-Cons work.

The biggest title at launch for the system is Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. Which releases on March 3rd, 2017 along with the system it self. This marks the first time ever, in Nintendo's history, a Legend of Zelda game launching with a hardware launch. This for me is pretty exciting news. I can't wait to pick up the system and Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild on March 3rd, 2017. The other games launching on that date with the system were rather unimpressive, but included Just Dance 2017, Skylanders: Imaginators, Super Bomberman R, and 1-2-Switch. Nintendo spent a lot of time during the presentation showing off 1-2-Switch. The game boils down to a bunch of mini games that show off how the Joy-Cons work with their HD Rumble. A new technology built into their Joy-Cons that is suppose to be the next level of rumble in a controller. I wasn't impressed and didn't really care, but I understand that Nintendo likes to innovate, which is a good thing for the industry. Another big software title for the Nintendo Switch is SKYRIM. Yes, Bethesda confirmed that Elder Scrolls 5: SKYRIM will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. One of the best games in the industry will now be portable. But the game doesn't release till the Fall of 2017. It would have been more epic if this was a launch title as well, but I understand Nintendo wouldn't want that big of a game to hurt Zelda sales at launch. Last but not least, there will be a new Mario game called Super Mario Odyssey and that will not be released till the Holiday of 2017. At least we don't have to wait years for it, just 8 months or so.

As unimpressive as their presentation was, I am sold on the Nintendo Switch and have already pre-order my system with Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Can't wait to get my hands on Nintendo's new system and I hope this is a successful console for them. I really don't want to see Nintendo fail again, like they did with the Wii U. Till March 3rd comes around, game on my friends.

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