Nintendo Has Announced the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Has Announced The Nintendo Switch

Nintendo has announced the Nintendo Switch, their brand new home console, via a short teaser trailer today. The release window is still March 2017, though no specific date was given. One thing that makes the Nintendo Switch so unique is that it is portable. You can take it on the bus, on an airplane, and even play it on a long car trip. It is also visible in the trailer that the system will use cartridges, as previously rumored.

The Nintendo Switch itself rests in a dock, which connects to your TV. You can remove the Nintendo Switch, which is like a high-definition tablet, from the dock and attach Joy-Con controllers to it. You can also play with the more traditional Joy-Con grip accessory, or purchase the Nintendo Switch pro controller. The Nintendo Switch is so multifaceted which may be the most impressive thing about it. There are already a number of third-party developers on board praising the system. Whether this translates to third-party support is up to debate. Skyrim was shown during the Nintendo Switch trailer though, which would be huge for the system.

In fact, we got a number of quick glimpses of titles for the Nintendo Switch. We will delve into this later, but if these games are potential launch titles for the Switch, Nintendo may be back on track.


The Nintendo NX Release Schedule

While the Nintendo NX may be launching with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, this does not guarantee success. The last Nintendo system to have a consistent, stellar release schedule was the Super Nintendo…25 years ago. The Nintendo 64 had a long drought without anything but Mario 64. The GameCube had an incredibly lackluster launch. The Wii launched with Twilight Princess and showed promise with third-party support, but the consistency simply didn’t hold with countless delays and less and less third-party support. The Wii U was supposed to have some great support, but Nintendo lost Rayman Legends, a fantastic game, as a third-party exclusive and had some of its most high-profile launch titles like Pikmin 3 delayed. The rest of the Wii U’s release schedule is abysmal. The Nintendo NX release schedule needs to be consistent in order for the console to be a success.


It’s great that the Nintendo NX release schedule includes Zelda at launch. This will do wonders for the system in terms of sales and perception. Yet, the cold hard fact is that Zelda cannot make a system great. The Wii U was a great piece of hardware but it failed because of the problem with its inability to put together a consistent release lineup each year. This is something that has been tormenting Nintendo for some time. It’s not like in the times of the SNES where Mario comes out at launch with Zelda coming out a year later, along with a lot of other neat third-party and first-party titles. This is a different era.

If the Nintendo NX release schedule can’t be consistent and balanced, the system will fall flat on its face. In order to be successful during its first year, it needs at least three major first-party AAA titles to come out, including Zelda. The first thing that would come to mind for me would be Zelda, Mario, Pikmin 4 (confirmed to be in development), and Metroid (Smash would be wishful thinking), with at least one new quality IP. Nintendo needs to show fans they are dedicated to sticking on schedule and giving them content when promised. I can’t tell you how long my Wii U collected dust for. Delays happen, but Nintendo takes it to an extreme. Mario Galaxy 3 would be a good idea for the first year. There also cannot be re-releases of relatively new games (three years or so) from the Wii U to the NX (i.e. a port with some “new” functionality). This is lazy, a copout, and there is no excuse for it. More importantly, consumers will see right through it.


The Nintendo NX release schedule also desperately needs third-party support, and not merely ports of currently released games like we got with Mass Effect 3 for the Wii U. To show that developers are committed to the console, they need to come out with at least two or three timed exclusives (or timed DLC) for the system. It would be great to get Final Fantasy XV. They also need to come out with their AAA games for the NX as well as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The only way the NX will stay alive and stay relevant is if third parties put it on equal standing with its perceived competitors. If it doesn’t do that, the NX looks like a laughing stock.

Another key for the Nintendo NX release schedule is to have a stellar holiday season in 2017. The past two years have been absolute jokes, as much as I love Xenoblade Chronicles X, and Nintendo cannot expect to have such a lackluster performance in the busiest shopping season of the year and stay relevant in the market. That is delusional. The holidays are prime for success and Nintendo needs to start things off on a good footing for the NX’s first Christmas if it’s going to succeed.


The last three Nintendo consoles have had abysmal release schedules. The software has been amazing, especially the Wii U’s (it has some of the best games of any system), but the lack of third-party support and a diversity of titles that was available during the days of the SNES has really hurt Nintendo over the years. It doesn’t matter how different the Nintendo NX is or even the fact that they’re not competing with Microsoft or Sony; they need to be treated as an equal instead of the child at the kid’s table, and this has been Nintendo’s major problem with regards to its perception.

The Nintendo NX has incredible potential and Nintendo sounds like they have quite a special idea for the system, but the Nintendo NX release schedule will determine its fate. It needs consistent, quality content, not just from Nintendo itself but strong third-party support if it’s going to stay important. Nintendo consoles will never go away, but if the NX is considered a flop, the perception will be that Nintendo is irrelevant. And that will be a very sad day indeed.

Ubisoft CEO Praised the NX

The Ubisoft CEO praised the NX in a sit-down with IGN. Yves Guillemot stated that,

“It’s a machine that will be easy to use for all gamers. They have built in something that will give us chance to really have a different experience from what exists today. That’s what I like – that they come with something new that is adapted to what we actually want now.”

He says that it will stand out from the consoles of Microsoft and Sony, which is a staple of Nintendo’s. One of the great thing about the company is they continue to innovate and go their own way, and that is what makes Nintendo Nintendo. We don’t need another Xbox or another PlayStation, we need something special once again from Nintendo. And with the NX, it sounds like we’ll get it.  That, and Zelda at launch of course.

When Guillemot was asked whether the NX was a step back towards the inclusiveness of the Wii, he answered it very intelligently.

“It’s difficult to answer that [before NX is revealed]. What we see is that Nintendo has learned from the Wii U. All publishers learn from what they do, and then come with something new and more attractive, which I think is the case here.”

Nintendo has always had a good relationship with Ubisoft, so it’s no surprise their CEO is singing them praises. Let’s just hope that these praises are well-deserved, which I’m sure they are. Nintendo has learned from the failings of the Wii U, although it was a great machine, and are not going for another Wii. The NX will carve out its own legacy.

Link Shows off His Cooking Skills in Breath of the Wild

Courtesy of the Nintendo of Europe Twitter account, Link shows off his cooking skills in Breath of the Wild, Nintendo’s upcoming Legend of Zelda game. The game will be released for both the NX and the Wii U, and rumor has it that the game will be released alongside the Nintendo NX on March 4, 2017.


We had the chance to go hands-on the title at E3 this past year and were left very impressed with the game. There are so many subtle intricacies to the game and cooking is just one that, simply put, is a lot of fun and one of those enjoyable little quirks. It also has some significance in the game too, as Link does not gain health from hearts but from eating food. While we didn’t get to do too much cooking during our demo as we were short on time, it was a very interesting experience.

Breath of the Wild has been one of the most highly anticipated games in the past several years. 2017 will mark the end to the wait, and with the game (hopefully) launching with the NX, Nintendo has the chance to launch their new console with a bang, cooking included.

Breath of the Wild Release Date Outed

The Breath of the Wild Release date may have been outed by way of the amiibo release date, possibly paving the way for the launch date for Nintendo’s epic title which may have been leaked on several official European Nintendo websites. The release date is listed as March 4, 2017. The date also shows up in the sites’ source code.



This may point the way to both Breath of the Wild’s release date but also the release date for the codename Nintendo NX. This Breath of the Wild release date is plausible, considering the NX was said to release in March and Breath of the Wild is a no-brainer as a launch title for the system. The last time a Nintendo system launched with a Zelda game was the Wii, and that game, Twilight Princess, had an initial 75% attach rate to the system. There is no doubt that Breath of the Wild will launch on the Nintendo NX, it’s just a matter of when the system will be released. The Super Smash Bros. amiibo were released in the same time frame as Super Smash Bros. was released for the Wii U, so it is likely that if this information is legit, this is the launch window for the NX.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

Nintendo Teases With Breath of the Wild Videos

Nintendo has posted several Breath of the Wild videos, teasing fans on social media who can’t get enough Zelda. Some may take this as a bit of a troll move on Nintendo’s part since the game doesn’t come out until at least March, but every second more that is shown of the title is nothing less than splendid.  Posting on both Twitter and Facebook, Nintendo showed off two different aspects of gameplay in their short but sweet Breath of the Wild videos.

In the first video, Link is shown exploring one of the many shrines found in the game, the Shrine Oman Au. Here our favorite hero shows off his magnesis ability in order to solve puzzles, a staple of the series. The second video, posted on Nintendo’s official Facebook page, deals more with the exploration and open-world aspect of the game. It shows Link picking up the Woodcutter’s Axe, mowing down a tree, and then using the said tree in order to cross over an abyss. It’s unlike anything we’ve seen in a Zelda game, showing the intricacies of traversing this new Hyrule.

These videos are short but sweet and furthers our excitement for Breath of the Wild. Our time with it at E3 was nothing short of spectacular and we savored every moment. That being said, it is curious that Nintendo is releasing all these short videos at this juncture when the game won’t even come out until the Nintendo NX launches. It could be that they have something else up their sleeves; we’ll just have to stay tuned. Breath of the Wild is one of the most anticipated games of all time, as it takes all the best elements of Zelda and puts them together, not unlike Ocarina of Time did. It has an intriguing narrative, total freedom with plenty of exploration, and some brilliant puzzle solving mechanics. The game will be brilliant, but it’s a shame that the release window is so far away.

333 Lucky Fans Will Play the Breath of the Wild Demo at EB Games Expo

333 lucky fans will play the Breath of the Wild demo at the EB Games Expo 21016. The demo will be the same one shown at E3 2016, according to an EB games representative. To be eligible for this once in a lifetime experience, you must have bought at least four Zelda games from EB Games. It is unknown if there is any other way to become eligible. The Breath of the Wild demo, like the one at E3 2016, will have a 45-minute cutoff time.


We went hands-on with the demo at E3 2016 and were left mesmerized. It is definitely a different take on both the familiar gameplay that has been present in the Zelda series since 1998 and the Zelda mythos. The story has a very unique tone to it and is different than any other Zelda game that we have seen to date. It will be interesting to see how the gameplay is balanced with the story, as this was one of the staple marks of Ocarina of Time.

We are very excited for the game’s full release and fans of the series who get the chance to play the Breath of the Wild demo are in for a treat.