Interestingly, the Tegra SOC and Nintendo Switch are accompanied to market by a new API – almost assuredly a low-level API – called “NVN.” We're not yet sure how this API interfaces with existing development platforms, but we did spot The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim – Remastered in the Switch's trailer footage.
Nintendo Switch Controllers
Nintendo is showing three different controllers right now: (1) The detachable, smaller units that connect to the Switch directly, (2) the small controllers + a larger base platform, and (3) the rounded, more traditionally styled controllers that are demonstrated in the eSports scene of the Switch unveil.
The Switch is effectively a tablet with a docking station, bundled additionally with rails on the left and right of the tablet for socketing small controllers to the device. The controllers can be disconnected for wireless use, but we do not presently have reason to believe that those controllers are equipped with gyroscopes, potentiometers, or motion sensing capabilities.
The combination controller (named "Joy-Con" controllers) appears to be a semi-portable option, using a brick to unit the two side-attached controllers centrally. We're curious if this also functions as a battery. The controller contains the same options as the traditional controller: Analog sticks, “fake” d-pad, XY/AB buttons, home and mystery button, and +/- buttons. There are L/R buttons on the separable controllers.
The rounded controller is wireless and more traditionally styled, ditching the device-attached mini-controllers that are shown in the on-the-go scenes. This rounded controller is equipped with two analog thumbsticks, a D-pad, four input buttons top-side (AB/XY), a home button, +/- button (options? volume?), and a squared input that we don't recognize. We're also positive that the controller has at least two L/R buttons, but unsure if bumpers are included.
Speaking of that eSports mention, it's a worthy side-note that Nintendo decided to show an eSports scene in its commercial unveil for the new gaming console. This may be an indication that Nintendo will begin supporting its eSports scene more directly in the future, something it doesn't presently do.
Nintendo Switch (“NX”) Games
Games are cartridge-bound, based on the trailer, though downloads are likely also supported as Nintendo has already built the platform for them (3DS, Wii U). We do not know if the cartridges are SD-based. Games shown on the Nintendo Switch within the introductory trailer are as follows:
Mario Kart 9
New 3D Mario
Breath of the Wild
It is our understanding that Skyrim's presence in the commercial was for the game's impending Remastered release, which will include higher resolution textures and some other graphical improvements and bug fixes.
We're waiting for more information from Nintendo and nVidia. The Nintendo Switch release date is March 2017.
Editorial: Steve “Lelldorianx” Burke