A lot of negativity here. Stark contrast since I've been immersed in the /r/NintendoSwitch subreddit for the last two days (finally pushed me to make a reddit account just for this).
I've been excited since the first peep of the name NX, because the Wii U just completely dissappointed me and I was ready for a "redo" since Wii U launched. And the reveal trailer exceeded my already lofty expectations. I skipped the Wii U entirely, despite being a Nintendo devotee since NES, but I'll be preordering the Switch (full disclosure, I would have bought a Wii U if they had put out the new Zelda. I'm kinda glad they held Breath of the Wild for the Switch launch, I'd hate to have just bought a Wii U last year then this comes out). The Switch is what the Wii U should have been, but I think maybe the tech wasn't there yet, at least not at a reasonable price. I think the Wii U was just a series of compromises that Nintendo couldn't seem to avoid but hoped would sell anyway, but it didn't.
I've not bought a handheld since my OG Gameboy, mostly because I could never justify the cost, 90% of my gaming will always be at home. I've missed out on a lot of great Nintendo handheld games and I'm hoping the Switch will have some of those in the Virtual Console. I'm totally fine with having a console that I can take on the go once a week or so.
This is obviously a console first, but can serve full self contained portability when desired, or the flexibility to be full time portable if desired, just whatever the user wants. You can't say it won't sell because its not as portable. I see kids with full iPads in restaurants and at church and such all the time. Far more than kids with DS's.
A lot of people think its lacking touchscreen or other things because the trailer did not show it. The trailer was laser focused on purpose, the Wii U had a really bad marketing problem in that most average people never understood what it was, many thinking it was a peripheral like Wii Fit for the Wii and not a new console. They have seriously thought out the marketing and have a marketing plan to avoid that issue. This first trailer was laser focused on gaming and the core "Switch" concept of home and portable, lack of anything in this trailer is not an indication of lack in the product, just that other details will come later. I will eat my shoe if this doesn't have a capacitive touchscreen.
I have an Nvidia Shield, and the top Android games look REALLY really good on it. I fully expect this next gen Tegra custom chipset in the Switch to nearly equal PS4/XB1 when docked. (Its confirmed that the dock only adds power and tv output. The prevailing theory is that the Switch runs native 720p and possibly underclocked when in portable mode to conserve battery, but clocks up and outputs full 1080p when connected to power and tv output in the dock).
I feel a real change for Nintendo with the Switch. Heck, I think the name may apply to the entire company approach, they are switching strategy. For years, smartphones have been eating into Nintendo handheld sales, and it looks like with Pokemon Go on phones now, and Mario Run coming, that Nintendo has finally realized they can't compete with phones any more than they can compete with the horsepower wars of Sony/MS. So they are taking the middle road. They can't compete with phones, but maybe they can replace the tablet in peoples bags (assuming this thing has some kind of support for Android/Android apps. They will absolutely fail if they try to sell a tablet that doesn't do what people expect a tablet to do).
The design is different, gone are the super kid friendly curves of the Wii U Gamepad and the cutesy colors of the DS. This is a grownup console. Sure, kids will play it, but so will I and my thirty-something friends.
The name is different. "Wii" was ridiculous, but it grew on you. "Wii U" was just stupid though, purely marketing BS to try to capitalize on the Wii's previous sales. "Switch" is perfect, it embodies everything it should.
The marketing is an obvious departure. No E3 reveal. A three minute trailer laser focused on the base concept of gaming, with rumors of possibly no more info until January. No tech specs. The video itself was a huge departure from any previous Nintendo marketing.
Using Tegra, even a customized version, is a huge departure for Nintendo in my opinion. And there is strong evidence to suggest the main port on the bottom for docking is industry standard USB-C for fast charging/video/data (rumored USB 3.0 port on the dock). If USB-C is confirmed, that too will be a huge switch for Nintendo, and absolute proof of the new direction they are headed.
They are going to have to support Android Apps, even if its a cultivated selection. There's just no other way. This too will show the new Nintendo.
No backwards compatibility at all, a clean break from the past. I think this was both necessary technically and also spiritually. This is a new direction for Nintendo. They will certainly have older games available in the Virtual Console, but no backwards compatibility is something none of the big three (Nintendo, Sony, MS) have done in 15 years.
I'm glad for cartridges. I hated discs, always. I had the N64 and laughed at the pitiful graphics and load times of my friends Playstation. I hated load screens on the Wii, plus the disc drive sounded like a Mack truck. Carts and games downloaded to microSD (fairly certain of this feature) will have no load times and just run better than discs or even hard drives. 128 and 256 gb microsd is both affordable and super fast now.
It's not fully official, but almost certain based on sources who were right about other leaked details: there is motion/gyro in the Joycons. I was concerned that they might drop this, as 1:1 sword swinging in Zelda Skyward sword is the best thing I ever experienced in gaming, ever (even if the game itself was low on my list of Zelda games. Not terrible, but had a lot of flaws). At the same time, I think there will be a new focus on CHOICE. Other than games like Mario Party, Just Dance, or others that basically are built around motion control, I think most games will now offer the choice, gamepad or motion control, it's all but confirmed that Zelda will have this choice.
They have confirmed it is not compatible with 3DS cartridges. Obviously there is no disc drive, so no GC, Wii, Wii U games directly. I feel it should be possible to emulate 3DS and have those games on Virtual console. And I think they will work fine on the Switch screen, in a split screen mode. Wii U games are another issue, almost certainly they cannot be emulated on the Nvidia Tegra and would need to be ported. They would also have to be reworked so as not to use the two screen mode because Nintendo has confirmed there will be no two screen mode like the Wii U and Wii U Gamepad. I think we will not see any Wii U ports in 2017, but if the Switch sells well through Christmas 2017, we may see ports of the most popular Wii U games in 2018. Those games did not sell well due to the low base of Wii U owners and some deserve a second chance, porting could help recoup more money spent developing those games. Possibly Wii games may be emulated, though I'm not sure I'd rebuy any (I do want the Twilight Princess HD remake from the Wii U though). I really hope they can emulate handhelds up to 3ds, there are several games I'd love to play like Link between Worlds, some mario games I've missed, some pokemon games, others.
The thought of Zelda Breath of the Wild, a true HD Zelda game, in glorious 1080p on my 106" projector screen makes me drool. I loved Twilight Princess, but I had a 37" 1080p lcd when Wii came out and the jaggies about drove me nuts, Skyward Sword was only a little better. The Wii was not much better on my 50" plasma. I'd never even dare try the Wii on my pj.
The Shield TV supports 4k video, I expect the Switch will do 4k menus and Netflix (w HDR) and other streaming apps when docked. If the docking port is USB-C as widely believed, this should work fine. Games I think will run 1080p when docked but possibly support WCG and HDR. I think there's a 50% chance the dock has a scaler specifically designed to scale the 1080p game output to 4k for 4k tv's, such a scaler would not need to be in the tablet itself and might best fit in the dock (which would save a couple bucks on the base retail Switch that does not come bundled with the dock)
Although Nintendo currently states there will be a 3DS successor, I think thats just hedging their bets. If the Switch succeeds, there will be no "4DS" or whatever. They will cede the small handheld gaming to smartphones, and produce games for smartphones that work on touch input only. However, I feel they will have "mobile only" games in 2018 if the Switch succeeds, games that require touchscreen and thus could not work with the dock. Exception to this: its possible the dock may have wifi direct, and thus may allow "casting" of the Switch screen to the dock for output to tv. If it does, they will not enable this feature until they are sure there is no confusion that the Switch is not the Wii U all over again. I still don't think they will have separate two screen play ever again, I just mean the option to mirror cast while holding and using the touchscreen. (actually since the Switch tablet will have wifi, it won't have to be in the dock, they could just enable casting to any Google Cast device or even standard Mirracast.)
Using Tegra means much easier development, it should be very similar to Android development, and can entice developers because they can easily port to the Shield Store or Play Store. Plus, if this takes over for 3DS, all the 3DS developers will come to Switch, thus increasing Switch's library and decreasing the effort of splitting both Nintendo and 3rd party development between two platforms. (I think DS/3DS uses arm, so porting from 3DS to Switch should also be easier, if emulation is not possible). This may actually be Switch's biggest advantage. If it takes off, it unifies Nintendo (aside from mobile phone games), and I think that will strengthen the entire ecosystem.
my guess on price:
$250 for Switch plus HDMI cable and Charging cable
$300 for Switch plus dock and Grip (the holder that turns the separate "JoyCon" side controllers into a single controller. theory: the Grip has a large empty center portion, perfect for scanning Amiibo's)
$350 for Switch plus dock and Grip plus Game (probably Zelda)
I am more excited about gaming than I have been since the Wii launched.
I just hope it pays off, because I also believe if this doesn't work, if the Switch doesn't take off, Nintendo will have to cede that they will remain a distant 3rd, settling for middling sales and the 3rd party devs will disappear for good. I don't think they'll be able to recover to anything more than distant last place. And I don't even know what they will do from there. I never want to see Mario on an Xbox. I still can't get used to Sonic on Nintendo consoles, even 20 years later.