It has been 3 weeks since the reveal of the Nintendo Switch(formerly known has Codename NX), and I have to say that this device is pretty freaking amazing. So amazing, in fact, that it seemed to have made time go slower just waiting for its presentation in January of 2017, but we all get through these kinds of waits in our own way. Anyway, here's a list of things about the Switch that impressed me.
1. Its mobility and its power of a home console.
2. Its return to cartridges(first Nintendo Home Console to do so since Nintendo 64).
3. Detachable controllers that can act like a supped up version of the SNES Controller.
4. Its ability to go from handheld to TV Console.
5. Its Pro-Controller that actually looks like a traditional gamer controller.
6. Its kickstand that makes it easier to play.
7. Its own unique variety of local play(could probably be used for Game Nights with friends).
8. Its mysterious mysteries that still lie ahead(like its mysterious square button on the left).
That was just my impression with the console, the games, however, are still a complete mystery. The three games on the trailer that I was fascinated with were the 3D Mario game, the Mario Kart 8 style Mario Kart game, and a supped up version of Splatoon. Though Nintendo confirmed that these games were just chosen to show off the Switch, but these were just a simulation, and they don't reflect any confirmed titles that were planned, same goes for two others. I've heard a rumor(which will be referenced again later in this post) that the Mario Kart game and the Splatoon game are Director's Cut versions of the Wii U versions of those games, but this rumor was created by Mobipicker(who seemingly credited it to Laura Kate Dale, who has confirmed that she never said anything in the rumor to be true), and I'm not even sure if this rumor is real or not. As for the Mario game, I've heard it has been in production for a very long time, and it might be a launch game.
So far, I've heard it's supposed to have a multi-touch 720p 6.2 inch screen, which I have no idea how big that's really gonna make the Switch, but I've heard it will use Unreal Engine 4, and will have 4 RAM, which is supposed to be twice the amount of the Wii U, and half the amount of PS4 and XBOX ONE. I've also heard it may or may not be using microSD cards, which I'm hoping it will, considering the fact that I like games, and I'm hoping to play as many as possible on the Switch.
Anyway, back to the rumor. This rumor states that Mario Kart 8, Splatoon, and even Super Smash Bros. for Wii U are getting Director's Cut versions on the Switch, and speaking of Smash Bros., there's another rumor that states the amiibo figures of Cloud, Corrin, and Bayonetta are being delayed for the Switch version of Super Smash Bros.. Anyway, the main rumor that rumored these Director's Cut games also claims that the Switch will have NFC ID Cards that will let you transfer data from your Switch to another, permanently or temporarily, and that you can but more of them for $10 or make a customized one on Nintendo.com. The rumor also claims that the Switch will come in three bundle packs: A Basic Bundle Pack for $260, A Mario Bundle Pack that has the console and the 3D Mario game for $300, and A Deluxe Zelda Bundle Pack that will have the console, the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game, and the Switch Pro Controller for $340. These prices seem generally fair, considering this system can be used for any kind of gaming, Classic Style or Modern Style. I just hope these rumors do turn out to be true, but what Laura Dale did say is that the Nintendo Switch might be releasing in the PAL regions on March 17, 2017, and the rest of the world will get it the week of the 17th. But for the director's cut games, I hope they are real.
Thank you for taking time to read my thoughts on this next-gen home console.