When Nintend0 announced the Nintendo Switch, gamers were immediately impressed by the home console/handheld hybrid. The console allows players to both play games on their TVs and slide out a tablet version of the Switch to take on the go, with the announcement trailer suggesting that fans could sit around and host tournaments across multiple Switch tablets as they’re out and about.
But gamers aren’t the only ones with plenty of enthusiasm for the console as Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is also rather excited. During the company’s Q3 financial briefing, the Nvidia executive said that “several hundred engineering years have gone into the development of this incredible game console. I really believe when everybody sees it and enjoy it, they’re going be amazed by it. It’s really like nothing they’ve ever played with before.”
Huang also revealed that Nvidia, which made the Tegra CPU that powers the Switch, has been working with Nintendo for “almost two years” and that “this is a relationship that will likely last two decades.”
As a company with a vested financial interest in the Nintendo Switch doing well (Huang says that Nintendo “contributed a fair amount” to revenue growth in its gaming sector), the executive’s comments may be rose-tinted. However, with Nintendo planning a big Switch reveal for January, the console may well have more ‘amazing’ features up its sleeves.
Moreover, the Nvidia CEO certainly isn’t the only games industry figure to have something incredibly positive to say about the console as Ubisoft’s CEO called the console ‘really great’ while Take-Two’s CEO is also ‘enthusiastic’ about the console.
Again, it should be stressed that both Ubisoft and Take-Two have something to gain from the Switch’s success (Ubisoft has teased a ‘surprise’ Switch game, for example) but their words are still something to take into account. The Nintendo Wii U, which is to end production soon, experienced abysmal sales throughout its short lifetime, with many chalking it down to the lack of third-party support.
These positive comments, in addition to all the Switch third-party support that has been confirmed so far, can go a long way towards convincing gamers that the Switch really will be a force to be reckoned with and that big games from big names will be released on the platform. The console isn’t set to launch until March, though, so it’s too early to determine whether the comments are totally biased and unjust or whether they’re the real deal, but gamers will have their fingers crossed for the latter.
Nintendo Switch is set to arrive in March 2017.