Hold up, is it 2016 or 1996? First, news comes that Space Jam is being released back into theaters (not complaining), and today, we get word that Nintendo is coming out with a new console. Does anyone else also suddenly want Dunkaroos?
Let’s take a trip down gaming memory lane for a minute. The brand’s devices have evolved from the ’90s clunky gray contraption that required you to blow on the cartridges to get them to work. That was then upgraded to Nintendo 64, the slightly less bulky version—but same annoying cartridges—with a more modernized controller. Then, we got the Nintendo Game Cube. Those bulky cartridges were replaced by CDs, and the controller was given even more of a galactic revamp. Since then, Wii and Wii U have become all the gaming rage.
On the portable side, there was, of course, the hard to forget Game Boy and the various iterations that stemmed from it. Fast-forward to now, and the electronic brand is releasing a hybrid of sorts called the Nintendo Switch.
Everything you need to know is in the video released today (except, that is, how much it will cost). It’s a tablet-like device that you can play either plugged into a TV or on the go. The handheld version includes two detachable mini controllers (called Joy-Cons) that you can also use to play against friends. “One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options,” Nintendo noted in its press release.
Judging from the snippet, the games that are going to be available are “The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild,” “Super Mario World,” “Splatoon,” “The Elders Scroll: Skyrim, and Mario Kart,” which will come in mini cartridges that you slot into the side.
Brands are having a ball tapping into the nostalgia part of millennials’ brains right now. And, it’s working. Seriously, do we need one? Someone talk us out of it before March 2017 rolls around.