Nintendo pulled back the curtain on the Nintendo NX, giving the world the opportunity to see the Nintendo Switch for the first time. Since the NX reveal preview we’ve had many of our former questions answered, but there are still many questions on different Switch details. To help appease our Nintendo Switch appetite Nintendo is hosting a live Switch presentation on January 2017. Below is a list of Nintendo Switch questions we’ve been wondering about. Before the big presentation in January we decided to make a list of our unanswered Nintendo Switch questions. Please read our list of 13 Nintendo Switch questions we want answers to.
What will the Nintendo Switch game boxes (box art) look like?
Answer : No answer yet on the Nintendo Switch game boxes, box art or branding. We do have one verified Reddit user who claims to work with major retailers, and claims that the Nintendo Switch game boxes will be similar to the Wii U. The color scheme will be blue and white according to this source, unlike the Wii U (black and blue).
Will the Nintendo Switch be more powerful than the PS4 / Xbox One?
No word yet, but the likely answer is something close to a PS4 or Xbox One. Both Sony and Microsoft are launching upgraded versions of their current hardware, making us think that the Nintendo Switch is competitive with the current competition. Rumors for a long time have claimed that the Nintendo Switch would be as powerful as a Xbox One. NVIDIA recently announced that they’d be supplying the GPU and processor for the Nintendo Switch, which could mean that Nintendo is competing directly with graphics. Further evidence of the systems competitiveness comes by the reveal trailer, which showed many hardcore games being played, games that typically only release on the Xbox or PlayStation systems.
What is the Nintendo Switch price?
According to various sources Nintendo plans on revealing pricing info during it’s January 2017 Switch Presentation. On October 26th 2016 Nintendo’s president made this statement 1 in concern to the Nintendo Switch price.
We plan to announce the price, software lineup,
specifications and other product details for Nintendo
Switch at a special “Nintendo Switch Presentation
2017” planned for January 13, 2017 (JST).
So according to the president of Nintendo we should have a price for the Switch in January next year.
1 Source : https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2016/161027_2e.pdf
Is Skyrim coming to the Nintendo Switch?
During the Switch reveal preview we saw gameplay of Skyrim running on the console/handheld hybrid, so many gamers have been wondering if Bethesda’s massive open world RPG would be getting a Switch release. A Bethesda represenative reached out to Gameindustry.biz with this statement –
While we are not confirming any specific titles at this time, we are pleased to announce our partnership with Nintendo and support of the Switch. We look forward to revealing specific games and details in the future.
So far only Bethesda and Nintendo knows if Skyrim or the upcoming Skyrim Special Edition will release on the Nintendo Switch.
Is Call of Duty coming to the Nintendo Switch?
Activision is a listed developer / publisher of Switch games, according to Nintendo’s sample of developers already partnering up for Switch development. While Activision hasn’t specified what titles it has in development for the Switch, it could be planning on bringing Call of Duty back to Nintendo players via the Switch. Activision did support the Wii U with two Call of Duty games, Black-Ops 2 and Call of Duty Ghosts.
Can the Nintendo Switch play Wii U & 3DS games?
Nintendo was able to confirm that the Switch will be unable to play Wii U and 3DS physical / retail games. Nintendo was asked by IGN if the Switch would be backwards compatible with downloaded Wii U / 3DS games, Nintendo answered by saying they’ll have more details at a later time. So far we know the Switch won’t play physical copies of Wii U and 3DS games. The Switch may be backwards compatible with eShop and Virtual Console games, but we’ll have to wait for more information.
Will the Nintendo Switch have an eShop?
Nintendo knows that downloadable games are part of the future of gaming. Nintendo hasn’t made any formal eShop announcements, but we expect a functioning eShop on day 1. Having a digital store to purchase games has become a mainstaple of every console since the Wii generation. There’s no reason to believe that Nintendo would drop the ball on this one.
Is Nintendo Network available on the Switch?
Back when Nintendo first started rolling out the Nintendo Network remarks we’re made on it’s longevity. Mr. Iwata (the president of Nintendo at the time) claimed that Nintendo hoped to operate and support the Nintendo Network for multiple console generations, starting with the Wii U & 3DS. Nintendo’s online community has been growing well over the years, and coupled with Miiverse could see renewed life on the Nintendo Switch. Considering how long it took Microsoft to brand Xbox Live I’d image Nintendo isn’t ready to pull the plug on it’s own gaming network.
What controllers are supported on the Nintendo Switch?
During the NX / Switch preview video we saw several different controller scenarios. The console supports on mobile mode and TV mode, hence the hybrid description for the console. With this comes several new ways to play games. The Switch itself has two Joy-Con controllers that can be attached on both sides of the mobile unit. Nintendo also showed a Switch Pro Controller, which looks similar to the Wii U Pro Controller. No word yet on if the Switch will be compatible with Wii and Wii U controllers, like the popular Wii remote or Wii balance board.
What are the Nintendo Switch specs?
Nothing has been revealed about the Nintendo Switch except that Nintendo is going with NVIDIA for it’s graphics. After Nintendo revealed the Switch via the preview trailer on October 20th, NVIDIA was quick to congratulate Nintendo on the systems reveal. A NVIDIA spokesperson had this to say about the specialized Tegra procssor that’s powering the Switch.
The Nintendo Switch’s gaming experience is also supported by fully custom software, including a revamped physics engine, new libraries, advanced game tools and libraries. NVIDIA additionally created new gaming APIs to fully harness this performance. The newest API, NVN, was built specifically to bring lightweight, fast gaming to the masses.
What is the official release date / launch date for the Nintendo Switch?
Nintendo hasn’t stated an official release date for the Switch, but has mentioned many times (including in their reveal preview) that the worldwide launch day would be sometime in March 2017. Nintendo may clarify the Switch release date more during the January 2017
Does the Nintendo Switch come with the TV dock?
We should know if the Switch will include the TV dock by January 2017. So far nothing has been revealed, but considering the Switch is a hybrid console / handheld we imagine it will include the TV docking station.
Does the Nintendo Switch have rumble?
Every Nintendo console since the Nintendo 64 has included support for rumble in the controller. Most likely the Switch will do the same, offering some type of rumble feature, possibly similar to smart phone games. Recently a collection of Nintendo patents suggest the Switch will have rumble, GPS, camera and some secretive image projector.
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