The Nintendo Switch, teased in October 2016, finally got an official announcement on January 13th, 2017, in Tokyo. Today I want to take a break from the eSports format and talk about the switch because this could open up eSports for Nintendo, shown in their teaser trailer.
It is known now that the Switch will be release on March 3 this year, and will be priced at a crisp $300.
For those who don’t know, the Switch is going to be a hybrid machine, meaning it can be used both as a handheld and home console.
There are 3 modes in which it could be used: TV Mode, Tabletop Mode, and handheld mode. TV mode will be played with a pseudo xbox controller, of course on a TV. Tabletop mode with be played by the two Joy-Con controllers that come off the main one that are reminiscent of the classic Wii controllers, along with Wii U style monitor that has a kickstand. And handheld mode will require the two Joy-Con controllers to be attached to the mini Wii U style monitor.
At this announcement event, a multitude of game developers also made announcements of games coming to the Switch.
Now what about the eSports aspect? There is a possibility with the Switch not bringing anything to the table, but it has been confirmed that Super Smash Bros Melee will be coming to the switch along with a port of the Wii U/3ds versions.
This is promising for the eSports aspect for the reason that Melee is a massive eSport. Will the scene make the switch to the Switch?
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