Nintendo Switch Analysis – A Closer Look

Nintendo has finally revealed the NX, nowknown as the Switch, thanks to a three and a half minute trailer that shows off justwhat it can do.

And since its unveiling more details havecome to light.

So let’s take a closer look at this newsystem and see exactly what the Switch has to offer.

The trailer begins by showing that it canbe played like any other console.

But the major difference is that the mainconsole is actually the unit with the LCD screen.

The Dock is mainly there to provide a wayto play the console on a TV as well as charging and powering it.

But we think that when the Console is connectedto the Dock, a green light will be on that helps indicate that it can be used with theTV.

At least it seems that way to us thanks tothis TV-like icon that can just barely be seen when zoomed in on.

There are also two ports on the side nearthis light, which are likely USB ports.

And in the short shot of the system from above,we can see the power and HDMI cords entering the back of the Dock.

Finally, a later moment from the trailer showsthat there are two rubber cushions inside the Dock itself to help snugly secure theConsole.

Returning to the original scene, it also bettershows the Joy-Con controller when connected to the Grip.

Like the Dock, the Grip will have a greenlight that indicates when the Joy-Cons are connected.

When the Left Joy-Con is removed, its lightgoes out while the Right Joy-Con’s light stays on.

Again, it serves as an easy way to see thateverything is properly connected.

But you may notice that there’s four ofthese lights along either side, likely meant to show which player you are when gaming withfriends.

These lights also show that there’s a littlebit of trickery going on here.

As the man goes to remove the Switch Consolefrom the Dock, his hand blocks the green light.

So we can’t see at what point it turns off.

However, the trailer doesn’t show the TVswitching to the Console until it’s been fully removed from the Dock.

Based on everything we’ve seen, we’d guessthe switch happens as soon as the Console has been removed from the actual connector.

It just looks better to do it this way inthe trailer.

With that in mind, let’s take a closer lookat the Console itself.

Along the top is the cartridge slot, and weeven get a look at what the cartridges will look like.

While it’s difficult to say for sure, theyappear to be slightly longer and thicker than a 3DS cartridge, but again, that may be dueto the perspective.

What we do know is that there’s a coverfor the cartridge slot, similar to the SD Card slot on the 3DS.

It’s clearly marked with the words, GameCard.

Next to the Game Card is the headphone jackwhile the middle features what may be an exhaust vent to help with cooling the Console.

On the other side of that is the power buttonalong with the volume control.

This angle also shows that the Console couldbe about twice as thick as a tablet or around as thick as a finger.

But moving to the front, a close-up showswhat we believe are the Console’s speakers although there doesn’t seem to be much elseof note.

The back of the Switch Console reveals thatit has a kickstand for easy display though we can also see depressions.

While we can’t be certain, this may serveas a way to further secure the Console in the Dock.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get a look at thebottom of the system though we believe that’s where the Dock connector will be.

One thing that is not here though, is a stylus.

Could it just not be shown? Or is its absence a sign of no touch controls? Or could the touch controls be more in linewith modern tablets? In any case, we see that there seems to beanother kind of Dock for the Switch, which is specifically designed to support it inthe car and attaches to the headrest.

We doubt this accessory comes with the systemthough.

That brings us to the Joy-Con Controller andits many configurations.

For starters, the left and right Joy-Consboth possess an analog stick, four face buttons, two shoulder buttons, and either the plusor minus button along with a Home button on the right Joy-Con while the left Joy-Con hasa button with no defining symbol.

This could either be a kind of Sync buttonor a Share Button as many believe, but there’s no way to say conclusively.

It could be something completely new thatNintendo will reveal later.

The Joy-Cons can be used with the Grip, whichwe saw earlier, which creates a kind of standard controller.

But they don’t need the Grip.

The trailer clearly shows that they can beattached to the Console itself or even be used without it, similar to holding two smallWii Remotes.

But how are they powered? Do they draw a charge from the Console andGrip or do they have a battery? Questions that just can’t be answered fornow.

But we do see that the Joy-Cons can be usedfor multiplayer with each person using one on its side.

They’re small but they do contain enoughbuttons and control to play Mario Kart and even basketball thanks to this method.

This scene even shows that different Switchescan link together to play the same game and use each Joy-Con for up to four player multiplayer.

Finally, we believe there’s a small switchnear the shoulder buttons that releases the Joy-Cons when attached to either the Gripor the Console though we can’t quite clearly see them.

One final thing to note though is how amiibosare shown next to the system, which hints at amiibo support.

IGN was able to ask a Nintendo representativeabout this, and they responded that if a Nintendo Switch game supports amiibo then the homegaming system will as well, meaning that amiibos will continue for now.

It makes sense considering the big push ofZelda: Breath of the Wild amiibos that are still coming.

We do have to give special mention to theSwitch’s logo though.

It’s a nice design that not only shows howthe Joy-Con Controllers work, but brings to mind the symbol for yin and yang, especiallywith the coloring and analog thumbs.

This may be on purpose as the Switch is combiningthe separate ideas of consoles and handhelds into one unit.

But that’s everything we could see of theNintendo Switch.

It’s a console with a lot of potential thoughthere are still quite a few questions surrounding it.

What do you think about the system so farthough? Let us know in the comments.

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