After years in which fans waited to see what Nintendo would do next, the company is finally launching its newest concept later this week: the Nintendo Switch. The last console that Nintendo put out was the Wii in 2006, although there was a more recent iteration of it, the Wii U that came out in 2012. Needless to say, the Switch has been long awaited.
Each Nintendo console in recent memory has been designed around a new concept or direction that the company is looking to take gaming. The Wii introduced controllers that responded to motion and body movements, the 3DS offered 3D gaming on a mobile platform and Switch is looking to combine these and expand further.
The main idea behind Nintendo Switch is that it is not just a console that you can play at home, but it’s entirely portable and offers a touch screen interface on the controller. There are two “Joy-Con” controllers that can detach from the touch screen and be used together for single play games or separately if another wants to join in. Up to eight Switches can network with each other.
The thought process of Nintendo is that this one device can split into a two-player machine for a home system as easily as it could be a single-player system that is a portable device. In a sense, this system is incredibly flexible.
There are two launch titles coming out with this release, the highly anticipated “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” and “1-2 Switch.”
In conjunction with the launch, GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) announced that over 3,000 of its stores across the country will be open just after midnight for the March 3 launch of the Nintendo Switch. Although, the company has said that it will have a very limited supply of Nintendo Switch Systems available at each store.
Eric Bright, Senior Director of Merchandising for GameStop, commented:
It’s finally here! The Nintendo Switch is the most sought after video gaming system in the market today, and GameStop will have extra units for those customers looking to buy the innovative system.
The question that remains is how many of the Nintendo faithful will make the pilgrimage to purchase this device.