Earlier today, Nintendo lifted the lid on its brand new console, the Nintendo Switch. In addition to working as a home console, it also has a tablet like device that you can pick up, attach a couple of controllers to the sides of and take on the go just like a 3DS.
While the console is being seen as ‘what the Wii U should have been,’ the Switch is also being seen as a real rival to both the PS4 and the Xbox One. And not just because the idea of a home console/handheld hybrid is ridiculously cool, either; the games and third-part support confirmed for the Switch is also winning people over.
Nintendo Switch – Skyrim, Splatoon and More
Excitingly, that trailer showed Skyrim: Special Edition running on the new console. Many had dreamed of playing Skyrim on the go, but few likely imagined that it would be real, making this one very big deal.
Also seen in the Nintendo Switch trailer are an NBA 2K, a new Mario Kart and Splatoon. All of those games feature female characters and/or people of colour and although none of them have been explicitly confirmed for Nintendo Switch (something which Bethesda has just commented on), they may be confirmed before the console’s 2017 launch.
The list of third-party companies planning to support the Nintendo Switch also hints at more positive representation. Posted by TechCrunch, the list includes Frozenbyte, Epic Games, Telltale Games, Ubisoft and Square Enix, companies that have all recently released (or plan to release) games with playable female characters and/or characters of colour. EA is on the list too, but it’s unclear whether Mass Effect: Andromeda, which will feature same-sex relationships, will be released on the new console.
Given that a lack of understanding about what it was and a lack of third-party support were major factors in the Nintendo Wii U’s poor sales, things are already looking bright for the Nintendo Switch. There are still lots of questions that need to be answered before we can call this a home-run victory (such as a competitive price) but colour us optimistic.
The Nintendo Switch will be released in March 2017.