It's been a while, but it's finally here — the moment we've all been waiting for. The reveal that would finally answer our burning questions once and for all. The reveal that would no doubt leave us in tears, for better or for worse.
Huh? The Walking what? No, you silly random internet person I made up to have an excuse for writing this joke — I'm talking about the Nintendo Switch!
"The Switch", as all the cool kids with no time for phrases with more than two syllables call it, is Nintendo's newest console. Nicknamed "NX" for the longest time, we knew virtually nothing about this mysterious new gaming unit; until now that is!
With the help of an awesome, millennial-centric trailer, Nintendo revealed the Switch to millions of excited gamers. Ever the innovator, Nintendo actually created a device that doubles as both a home console and a portable gaming system! Watch the trailer below and see for yourself!
The unique and promising design of the Switch lends itself to a number of possibilities, including a different kind of game playing experience. Here are five games that could really benefit from the odd and specific design of the Nintendo Switch!
[Note: These are all games that have not currently been announced for the Nintendo Switch.]
1. Pokemon: Sun And Moon
Okay, let's get the obvious one out of the way. When you hear "handheld Nintendo device", the first thing that comes to your mind is "POKEMON!!". With the Switch being part portable, it would only make sense to port the most popular handheld Nintendo franchise onto the console. I'm specifically referring to Sun and Moon, since those are the two latest additions to the Pokemon series.
Fans have wanted a home console Pokemon game for years, and not something like Pokemon Snap or Battle Stadium. With the Switch, this is Nintendo's chance to bridge the gap between their handheld and console players!
2. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
This game is a personal favorite of mine. If you've heard of or played Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, I strongly recommend that you play it with a box of tissues right next to you. This game can evoke the strongest of feels!
Brothers follows...well, two brothers who have to travel across the map to find a cure that will heal their sick, dying father. The cool thing about the game is that one player controls both brothers with one controller. The left side of the controller controls one brother, while the right controls the other.
With the Switch, one person could play Brothers by themselves, or they could invite a friend over and use the Switch's unique feature that turns one controller into two!
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The Metroid franchise hasn't had a title in its series since 2010's Metroid: Other M, unless you count this year's Federation Force. The arrival of a new Nintendo console is the perfect time for the company to revive one of their most beloved franchises. Not only that, but the Metroid series could really benefit from the graphical upgrades that the Switch offers.
The Nintendo Switch supports the Unreal Engine 4 engine, the latest version of the beautiful software engine developed by Epic Games. This means that some pretty great-looking games can run on the system, including a (potential) new Metroid with some mindblowing graphics! If you need a visual example of UE4, check out the video below.
Like the Metroid series, F-Zero hasn't had a title released for a very long time. Not since the days of the Game Boy Advance have Nintendo fans been able to experience the fast-paced racing gameplay of F-Zero.
Despite the lack of new projects, the Nintendo godfather himself, Shigeru Miyamoto, has stated the series could come back. All that needs to happen for F-Zero to make a triumphant return is for Nintendo to develop a "unique controller interface that would be suited for a new game". You know what has a unique controller interface? The Nintendo Switch!
We saw in the reveal trailer that the Switch is perfect for some sudden head-to-head Mario Kart racing, so why wouldn't it work with F-Zero? Fans have wanted Captain Falcon and his racing pals to come back for a long time now, and the Switch is the perfect time to do it. So come on, show us your moves Nintendo!
When Minecraft came out for the Wii U, it was a bittersweet occasion. Owners of the console could finally enjoy the game, but it had already been out for PC and other consoles for years, and it released at a time where Wii U sales were extremely low.
With the Switch already garnering a ton of hype, Minecraft should definitely release close to the time of the console's launch. Not only would it attract a huge audience of gamers, but the Switch Dock (the tablet that comes with the console) could be used as a second screen for the game!
You could invite a friend over to use the tablet for multiplayer play, or use it yourself as an easier way to check your inventory in the game. No matter which way you use it, the Switch is perfectly designed for all the miners and crafters out there!
There you have it, the Nintendo Switch is the perfect gaming system for a lot of fun games thanks to its unique design. However, none of these games are actually confirmed for the Switch, and we'll have to wait a while longer before we know if they ever will.
Thanks for reading! The Nintendo Switch comes out in March 2017. What game would you love to see on the Switch? Let me know in the comments!