Everything You Need To Know About The New Nintendo Switch

Lunch times in the workplace tend to be a little boring don’t they!  Well what if you could remedy that with a little fun?

Did you know that Nintendo’s newest console, The Switch, is about to come out? What’s more, it’s both portable and dock-able, so whether you’re in the canteen or meeting room you can pretty much play it anywhere.

That’s right, the device can connect to a TV and it also comes with a screen of its own!

Watch: The Nintendo Switch

The main console controller, which is known as the Joy-Con, has a left and right controllers which slot on and off both sides of a main controller –  allowing for both single and multiple player functions.

Known before its announcement as the NX, it’s one of the weirdest and most interesting pieces of major gaming hardware we’ve seen for a while.

Nintendo’s goal with the Switch was to fill all gaming niches, i.e. single player sessions, mobile sessions, party gaming, playing with a friend and e-sports, and its ticked every box!

Here’s some additional highlights;

  • In some situations, you can prop it up with a kickstand and use one half of the controller in each hand.
  • If you like, you can put the Switch back into its living room console box, but use a more traditional controller instead.
  • With friends, you can prop up the Switch with its kickstand and turn each half of the controller into a simple gamepad. In this case there would be four players in total, playing against each other on two separate Switches.
  • Nintendo promises that you can play the same games whether the Switch is mobile or docked, and the device looks beefier than your average Nintendo handheld
  • The Joy Con’s is an analog stick which has four face buttons on each. They can either be used separately, slotted onto the side of the main Switch body, or secured to a Joy-Con Grip accessory.
  • The Switch uses DS-like GameCards They’ve been described as “cartridges” before, but they’re essentially the kind of little cards that players of portable Nintendo games will be familiar with. They pop right into the side of the tablet.
  • 48 software companies have pledged support for the Nintendo Switch. They include game development companies like EA, Bethesda, Capcom, Activision, and Ubisoft, as well as middleware and game engine companies like Unity and Havok.
  • So far, we’ve seen 6 compatible games via the trailer. These are; The Legend of Zelda, Mario Kart, a new Super Mario game, the paint-based team shooter Splatoon, open-world fantasy game The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, and an unspecified NBA game.
  • It will be available in March.
  • There’s no price as of yet, but keep your eyes peeled because more news is expected shortly!

So get rid of that Wii, it’s time to prepare yourself for a whole new generation of gaming! The opportunities with this new console are endless, meaning the office parties are going to be absolutely in sane.

You could even create a month on month league table and award the winners for finishing first. Its sure to keep them all happy, on their toes and as de-stressed as they can possibly be.  

Check out this fantastic article on the history of Nintendo 

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