Nintendo Switch world premier demonstrates new entertainment experiences from a home gaming system
Introducing Nintendo Switch! In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.
At the last official count, as of 30th September, Nintendo had shipped 13.36m Wii U consoles. The Wii U’s final tally will likely now be only slightly more.
For comparisons sake, GameCube sold 21m. N64 sold 32m. Wii sold 101m.
According to Bloomberg:
Will you discontinue the 3DS?
Thanks to our software, the 3DS hardware is still growing. So that business still has momentum. And certainly rather than being cannibalized by the Switch, we think the 3DS can continue in its own form.
In an interview with Famitsu Nintendo told the popular Japanese gaming magazine that its upcoming hybrid console won’t be able to play Wii U discs or 3DS cartridges. It’s unclear if the Switch won’t be able to run digital games either.
Q Nintendo Switchは、Wii Uの後継機という位置づけでしょうか？ A Nintendo Switchは既存の“家庭用据置型テレビゲーム機”の範疇には入らないゲーム機ですので、Wii Uの後継機という位置づけは相応しくないと当社は考えていますが、“まったく新しいゲーム機”とはいえ、“家庭用据置型テレビゲーム機”であることには変わりありません。 Q Wii Uやニンテンドー3DSタイトルの互換性はあるのでしょうか？ A Nintendo SwitchはWii Uあるいはニンテンドー3DSの後継機ではありませんので、Wii Uディスクソフトやニンテンドー3DSカードで遊ぶことはできません。 Q 今回発表された本体、ドック、Joy-Con、Joy-Conグリップはすべてパッケージに同梱されるのでしょうか？ A 商品構成につきましては発売前に改めて各地で発表させていただきますが、Joy-Conがふたつ、すなわちJoy-Con(L)とJoy-Con(R)は同梱予定です。 Q Nintendo Switchのカートリッジは新規仕様でしょうか？ A 詳細は発売前に発表しますが、当社は“ゲームカード”と呼んでいます。光学ディスクではありません。 Q 本体のバッテリーの持続時間はどのくらいでしょうか？ A 仕様の詳細は後日発表させていただきますが、電源がない場所でもできるだけ快適にプレイしていただけるよう開発しております。 Q NVIDIA社のリリースにより、Nintendo SwitchにはTegraプロセッサが搭載されているとのことですが、スマートフォン向けのタイトルへの対応予定はありますか？ A 現時点ではお答えできません。
Nintendo also clarified that the Switch is a brand new platform and not a direct successor to either the Wii U or the 3DS. The company is still considering releasing a separate 3DS successor at a later date.
Original Content 10/20/16:
At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. It brings the full home gaming system experience with you to the park, on an airplane, in a car, or to a friend’s apartment.
Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.
“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”
Developers can design their games supporting a variety of play styles, which gives gamers the freedom to choose an experience that best suits them.
“With the Nintendo Switch’s unique capacities and design, Nintendo could again redefine the way we play games. The Nintendo Switch is accessible at its core and also seizes on the growing trends of sharing more experiences and playing anywhere at any time. Ubisoft and Nintendo enjoy a long-standing partnership and we are currently developing a number of games for the platform, including Just Dance 2017. We look forward to sharing more at a later date.” – Yves Guillemot, Co-founder and CEO, Ubisoft
“We’re happy to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Nintendo on the trailer. While we are not confirming any specific titles at this time, we are pleased to announce our partnership with Nintendo and support of Nintendo Switch. We look forward to revealing specific details at a later date.” – 2K representative
“SEGA and Nintendo have been great partners over the years, and we continue to with our support of the Nintendo Switch. We look forward to revealing specific game plans soon, but have nothing further to announce at this time.” – SEGA representative
“Bandai Namco Entertainment has enjoyed a long partnership of publishing and developing great titles for Nintendo systems. We want to congratulate Nintendo on their exciting announcement. We look forward to bringing both iconic franchises and new titles to Nintendo Switch.” – Bandai Namco representative
“Nintendo continually innovates to develop unique technology for gamers, and we are excited to expand our long-standing relationship by creating games for the Nintendo Switch.” – WB representative
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