A Nintendo Switch console accidentally ships two weeks early to a gaming fan, who then records footage of the system’s user interface and uploads the video online.
As many gamers are likely aware at this point, press outlets have been shown relatively little in the way of how the Nintendo Switch works. So far, the Big N has revealed features like the console’s main menu, its touchscreen capabilities, a quick rundown for some of the system’s hardware in an overview video, and a scant few other specs, but the Japan-based company has yet to provide an official and comprehensive idea about how its next gaming machine’s user interface will look and operate.
Interestingly enough, a fresh video from a NeoGAF user known as hiphoptherobot posted a picture of the console’s home menu running on one of the system’s controller touchscreens, claiming that they had been accidentally sent a Nintendo Switch unit two weeks ahead of its launch next month. Following the post on the popular gaming forum’s website, hiphoptherobot recorded footage of the initial setup process for the system, as well as its main menu and settings, which can be found in the video below courtesy of Dystify’s YouTube channel.
Should the video above be forced offline by Nintendo, for the sake of posterity, after hiphoptherobot goes through the basic setup process, fans are able to get a gander at the menu, which hosts a News page, an Album for captured screenshots, the eShop that requires a system update, controller and system options, as well as a button for Sleep Mode. Additionally, system settings for the Nintendo Switch holds options for flight mode, and also contains the system’s Mii creator. Not to mention, there are two neat little light and dark interface themes available too.
While it’s definitely cool to hear the official sound effects of the Nintendo Switch’s splash screen as it boots up and to see how fast and fluid the OS appears to run, perhaps the most important piece of information to take away from hiphoptherobot’s video is that the the system seems to have only 25.9 GB of free space out of the box. This is considerably less than the 32GB of memory Nintendo initially said the hard drive would hold, and it won’t offer a lot of extra room for many more games beyond The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild if fans want to save their titles directly to the console. Of course, fans can always expand the system’s storage space with microSDXC cards up to 2 TB in size should more memory be required.
When it comes to how hiphoptherobot was able to come by a Nintendo Switch console so much earlier than any of the other folks who have somehow managed to pre-order a system for themselves, the NeoGAF user said it was pure luck. On the gaming forum’s website, they wrote, “It isn’t like I grabbed it off the back of a truck or anything. I just happened to get lucky because unnamed store decided to ship early for whatever reason.” Hopefully, for their sake, Nintendo won’t slap them with any kind of major fine or lawsuit for uploading the video of the system in action.
The Nintendo Switch is set to launch on March 3, 2017.