The Nintendo Switch Just Debuted Super Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2

Friday, 13 January 2017 - 11:58AM
Friday, 13 January 2017 - 11:58AM
The Nintendo Switch Just Debuted Super Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2
Let's face it: the Wii shipped a lot of units, but few self-identified 'gamers' really cared about it aside from Super Mario Galaxy, Mario Kart and Smash Bros. When the less-than-stellar Wii U came out, the famous line was that instead of a new console, we got a fire truck ("Weeee-ooooo, weeee-ooooo!"). Well, as of last night, we've officially got a new console. The question is 1) what kind of console is it, and 2) whether its Kit-Kat-sized controllers are a good idea.

Last night, Nintendo released an avalanche of new information about the Nintendo Switch, whose trailer debuted about 2 months ago. For those of you who missed it, the trailer showed a modular console that could be turned into a handheld, or left as a screen to be controlled by its two fun-size candy bar controllers, or controlled by a traditional controller, or just played, you know, with a TV in your living room:



It seems like the Switch, which now has a worldwide release date of March 3rd and retail price of $299.99, is trying to be everything to everyone all the time: a casual handheld video game platform like the DS, a traditional console that can play hardcore games (ie, Skyrim) like the Xbox360, and a mobile multiplayer platform for when you want to play with friends in a pastoral park. The choice of games reflects that: new trailers have released for games that range from the multiplayer-focused Splatoon 2 to fan-favorite sequels like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Xenoblade Chronicles 2, along with big franchise titles like Super Mario Odyssey. But tossed in are some truly gimmicky throwaway titles, like Puyo Puyo Tetris and 1-2-Switch. You can watch some of the new games being played live on YouTube now:



Combined with its weird, tiny Joy-Con controllers, which supposedly have haptic feedback and can sense nearby objects, the Nintendo Switch is either going to be the most versatile gaming experience available or stretched so thin that it'll fail to please anyone (apart from Zelda and Mario fans). Until we have one of them in our hands, we're filing the Switch under "X for Doubt".

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