Ninendo’s next console has already been revealed, but the real details will arrive at the start of 2017.
Nintendo finally revealed their upcoming console earlier this month following a string of rumors, hoaxes and leaked design patents. Previously under the working-title “Nintendo NX”, the “Nintendo Switch” was officially revealed in a new trailer. As many of the leaked design documents suggested, the Switch is a hybrid home console/handheld system, many of which are referring to as the true refined vision for the Wii U. The system utilizes a docking station for at-home TV use, housing a tablet that can be removed and used as a remote handheld device. The native Switch controller can be dismantled for use as two individual Wiimote-inspired controllers; the two halves can also attach to the sides of the Switch tablet to be used akin to the Wii U Gamepad. A “Switch Controller Pro” can be seen in the console’s debut trailer, though details have yet to surface from Nintendo.
It has yet to be seen whether or not the Nintendo Switch can “compete” with the Xbox One and PS4, though the console houses NVidia hardware that rivals “the world’s top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards”, and a new NVida CPU, presumably an NVidia Tegra X2.
According to a recent financial presentation led by Nintendo CEO and President Tatsumi Kimishima, more details regarding the Nintendo Switch are scheduled to arrive in January 2017- two months before the official release. As with the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U, Nintendo will hold worldwide private hands-on events for the media and consumer partners, followed by the installation of standard kiosks for public use. The upcoming presentation in January will include the most important details for consumers and potential owners- the price, official launch date, and launch-window software-lineup. It should be noted that games featured in the Nintendo Switch trailer are not final.
The second Nintendo Switch presentation will debut sometime in January once the date is announced through Nintendo’s social media channels. The Nintendo Switch will release in March 2017.