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Nintendo’s New Console Pushes For Portable Gaming

Nintendo’s New Console Pushes For Portable Gaming
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The Switch allows gamers to seamlessly play on the go by themselves or with friends

Conner Dial, Fashion Editor
  • 21 october 2016

Nintendo officially joined the next generation of consoles by announcing the Nintendo Switch, set for launch March 2017. Whereas most videogame consoles are adamantly confined to the living room or bedroom, Nintendo’s new system allows gamers to seamlessly switch from playing on their couches to on the go. A dock connects the tablet-like device to television screens and a pair of controller slices can attach for portable gaming.

While specific details on Nintendo Switch’s hardware are unknown, it will be powered by a custom Nvidia Tegra processor.

The console’s modular controller, the Joy-Con, allows for even more flexibility. Players can prop the Switch upright and use the controllers independent of the device, fit each half into the system’s sides, or use the Joy-Con Grip accessory for a more traditional control experience. For multiplayer gaming, the Joy-Con can be used as two separate controllers. The Switch Controller Pro also lets gamers have a more classic option, similar to the Wii U Controller Pro.

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The Nintendo Switch isn’t the Japanese electronic company’s first attempt at giving users multiple ways to experience their games. The Wii U’s Off-TV Play feature allows gamers to switch from playing on their TVs to the Wii U Gamepad, which contains a built-in six-inch screen. Though it offers flexibility in terms of how games can be played, gamers have to be within range of the console to transmit games. The Remote Play feature for Sony’s PSP Vita offers a similar kind of transmission between a console to an external device, but players need to be connected to their home Wi-Fi (and have both a PS4 and PSP Vita).

Though Nintendo’s descent into mobile gaming is recent (launching the Miitomo app 2015, and the smartphone entries for the Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem coming later this year), the Switch shows that the company is willing to compete with the accessibility of mobile games with the power of console-driven gameplay. As Nintendo’s competitors sought to mimic the motion-sensing capabilities of the successful Wii Console, perhaps a new generation of consoles will focus on unrestrictive, portable ways to play.

To see the Nintendo Switch in action, watch the video below.

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