After yesterday’s console reveal, Nintendo confirms that it has no plans to release any more information on the Switch, including hardware spec, until sometime next year.
After many rumors, speculation, and silence, Nintendo finally pulled the curtain back on its next console, now known as Nintendo Switch. The debut trailer revealed a console that is intended to be portable, whether playing at home or on the go. While the trailer gave fans a great look at the console and how it functions, it left a number of questions unanswered. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Nintendo fans will be getting any more details in 2016.
According to Takashi Mochizuki of the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo has no plans to discuss additional subjects regarding its latest console, such as upcoming games or hardware details – including the all important question surrounding region locking. While region-locking is rumored to be gone from the Switch, fans will need to wait until 2017 to find out for sure. Interestingly enough, neither Nintendo or Mochizuki had a comment on price, another major question surrounding the new console that was also left unconfirmed during yesterday’s reveal.
Nintendo: no more official announcement would come this year on 1) game titles 2) spec details, including region-lock status.— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) October 21, 2016
Thankfully, fans got a few nuggets of information yesterday as hardware manufacturer NVIDIA confirmed that the Switch is running a custom Tegra processor. This hardware will help the console previously codenamed NX focus on scalability, ensuring that the cartridge-based games look good whether on a TV or on the go. In addition, the Switch won’t be backwards compatible as Nintendo has confirmed that the system won’t be able to run Wii U disks or 3DS cards. Considering both the Wii and Wii U allowed older games to be downloaded through the Nintendo eShop, it is reasonable to assume that the same functionality will return with this new console.
With the Nintendo Switch set to arrive in March 2017, the company will have a solid 90 days to convince people as to why its console should earn a spot in their homes. Either Nintendo is quite confident it can do that, or it’s planning to blitz the media with all sorts of promotional materials leading up to the consoles launch.
Either way, Nintendo looks to be readying a seriously impressive launch lineup of games if that trailer is any indication. Not only will fans be able to play major third party titles like NBA 2K17 and (potentially) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, but it appears that a brand new Mario game and revamped versions of Splatoon and Mario Kart are on the way as well.
Nintendo Switch is scheduled for release sometime in March 2017.
What do you think of this stance by Nintendo? Considering the companies recent woes, do you think this approach is a good one? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think.
Source: Takashi Mochizuki Twitter