With Super Bowl 2017 just around the corner, it’s not just the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons gearing up. Nintendo is set to make a presence as well, and they’re doing it with the brand new Switch. They recently released a new commercial online; the same commercial will be shown at football’s biggest event of the year.
The trailer shows a young man getting up in the morning, and turning on his portable Nintendo Switch bedside him. Any gamer would quickly recognize warrior Link on his screen. It seems like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is his choice of game.
He continues playing as he cooks some breakfast. Finally, he makes his way over to the living room and sticks the tablet into the dock. The game’s display seamlessly transfers to his TV, highlighting the console’s capability as a home console as well. How awesome is that?
Goodbye Wii U, Hello Switch?
Beyond the usual cycle of videogame companies developing new hardware every few years, it does feel like Nintendo is taking the Switch very seriously. The decision to advertise this during Super Bowl 2017 is a strong hint, of course. In a statement to Adweek, Nicolas Chavez, VP of marketing for Nintendo of America, said, “Nintendo Switch will change how, when, and where people play games. It’s only fitting how, when, and where we advertise those games!”
But if one makes a comparison to the Wii U, released five years ago, one can see how massive of an upgrade the Switch seems. For one, the Switch looks much sleeker. It’s thinner and lighter, giving it a better impression of portability. And the use of a more matte material, as opposed to the glossy plastic of the Wii U, was a smart move as well.
Sure, the Nintendo Switch will certainly have its drawbacks, such as a short battery life, and a small sacrifice of power to maximize portability. But if anything, the hype is real, and Nintendo has confidently taken a step forward with the Switch.
Games Available Soon
With the Super Bowl 2017 commercial, Nintendo Switch might see its sales getting a solid boost. But people uninterested in another Legend of Zelda game might be wondering what else the early Switch library will have to offer.
1-2-Switch is currently the other of Nintendo’s featured games to be released with the Switch. The game will feature mini-games meant to showcase the versatility of the console or its snap-on controllers. Mario Kart 8 will also follow the Switch’s release.
Aside from those, the console’s library is soon expected to get Super Mario Odyssey, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Splatoon 2, Super Bomberman R, and Minecraft. Nintendo Switch gets its worldwide release on March 3, roughly a month after Super Bowl 2017 on Feb. 5.