Immediately Nintendo introduced the Nintendo Change once more. That’s, what’s formally and really creatively dubbed the Nintendo Change (OLED mannequin), parentheses and all.
It’s fairly cool! It has a much bigger and higher display screen, ethernet compatibility, and improved audio system. It incorporates a wider, adjustable kickstand, and it doubles inside storage to 64 GB. It even is available in a panda colour. These are all welcome enhancements, and my colleague Callum, a minimum of, is somewhat enthusiastic about it.
And I might be too… if it weren’t for the actual fact I nonetheless need an honest-to-goodness Change Professional. Fortunately, there’s nonetheless hope.
Rumors of a 4K Change have been floating round for ages, and never simply from the “my uncle works at Nintendo” kind. Dependable sources have pointed to a 4K Change in sufficient element that the one affordable clarification — aside from “Nintendo is trolling the leakers” — is that Nintendo is ready for the precise time to launch it.
It simply hasn’t been the precise time but. However you already know what’s the proper time? Zelda time. It appears more and more probably Nintendo is solely going to launch the brand new Change roughly alongside the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, higher often called Breath of the Wild 2.
It’s potential, if unlikely, that Nintendo had a unique timeline for a extra highly effective Change earlier than this entire world pandemic factor occurred. However because it stands, it could merely make no sense in any respect to launch a Change Professional with out a flagship title to accompany it.
The Nintendo Change is nonetheless promoting like hotcakes in its good ol’ 1080p type, in any case. In reality, as famous by Bloomberg, the Change is on monitor to grow to be the quickest console to ever promote 100 million items.
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The Change and Change Lite had sufficient momentum on their very own to get to their present numbers. And although Nintendo arguably hasn’t launched a primary title from one among its flagship IPs since 2018’s Smash Bros. Final, Change gross sales are exhibiting no indicators of slowing down.
The Change OLED’s launch, coinciding with October’s Metroid Dread, will probably be simply sufficient of a kick to keep up that momentum into 2022. That is what Nintendo all the time does in any case; it releases iterative tweaks on its consoles to revamp gross sales. Want I remind you of what number of variations of the 3DS there have been?
However as excited as I’m for a brand new Metroid, it’s nonetheless a bit extra of a distinct segment collection than Mario and Zelda. That Nintendo would wish to save its large weapons for Breath of the Wild 2 looks like a no brainer to me.
I’m not the kind of gamer that cares tremendously about graphics horsepower. I’m a Nintendo fan, in any case, and the corporate deserted the polygon race after the GameCube. However I wouldn’t thoughts taking part in Breath of the Wild 2 with some added visible constancy, and I’d be keen to wager just a few silver rupees that Nintendo is banking on different Zelda followers that really feel the identical.
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