Following the ultimate disappointment that was their previous Wii U #console, the legendary electronic gaming company #Nintendo is pretty much all systems go with its successor, their new and intriguing darling, the Switch. Billed in promotional videos as a home console that can eject its core component as a tablet-like portable gaming platform with nifty interchangeable and multiplayer-geared controllers, it certainly knew how to grab the attention of the gamer community. Last Thursday January 12 Nintendo made an announcement setting the debut of the #Switch in stores on March 3, with the system going to sell for $299.99 in the US.

'Switch' refresher

The Nintendo Switch system is something of a marvel in gaming design.

Its core component is the “console” that looks like a tablet computer, with audio jack, but with a kickstand to hold it upright on its own. Although it’s a touchscreen and can thus be controlled as such, its sides facilitate the attachment of the joy-con controllers, which can work either as one or as a pair in concert. This configuration is for gaming on the go, but with the processing power of a real console. The console can be charged via USB-C and will last for anywhere from 2 to 6 hours depending on the game being played.

For a more comfortable experience, the Switch console can then be inserted into the Switch dock station, which has connectors to a wall socket power supply and an HDMI television set for a larger view of the action. The joy-con units can then be attached to their own docking grip-port in the style of a traditional console, or a controller strap to mimic the Wii-mote motion controls for games that need them.

Speaking of games, their storage medium is the more compact game-cards in the vein of the DS/3DS line instead of discs, but will have no backward compatibility for them. However, the Nintendo Switch is compatible with the nigh-ubiquitous Amiibos, not to mention being region-free.

Game titles and services

Still, a game system can only be great at launch day if it’s got decent games. Being a Nintendo baby, rest assured that the Switch will carry the usual titles associated with the company. “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” is the face of the initial videogame lineup, followed by “Super Mario Odyssey”, a “Mario Kart”, and new entry “Splatoon”. From third parties there are “Just Dance 2017”, a port of “The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim”, and two “Dragon Quest” RPGs in succession.

Like its rivals Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo also intends to open a Switch-centered online service, for game feature subscriptions, online play and free downloading of retro game titles from the NES and SNES for a month. This console is going to be good, it would seem.