All eyes have been on Nintendo ever since they unveiled their long rumoured new console last month, the Nintendo Switch. The handheld and home console hybrid looks to be steering Nintendo back on track. Embracing third parties and focusing more on the pure gameplay experience is appealing much more than the Wii and WiiU did.
However, it seems Nintendo just can’t shake its love affair with gesture controls and gameplay. A new comment from GameStop CEO Paul Raines (via GameSpot) suggests the Switch may have a motion control element.
“The Switch is a very interesting device…. A movement-related game is more fun for kids, you know, taking those [Joy-con controllers off] and then the master controller, you can really do a lot of interesting things with that in gameplay. I think it has tremendous potential as a game-changer. We’ll have to wait and see. Like everything else in this industry, the consumers will vote with their dollars.”
The important thing to note is the mention of a ‘movement-related’ game. If what Paul says is true, it appears as though the detachable Joy-con controllers can also double as motion controls. Given the success of the Wii, it makes sense Nintendo would want to try and recapture some of that magic. With that said, there was no sign of gesture controlled gameplay in the Switch reveal trailer. Motion controls are largely frowned upon by gamers, so it was probably a wise move to not come out swinging with that.
Of course, this is assuming the Switch has motion controls at all. We have nothing else to go by besides the reveal trailer. A rumoured price and report that the Switch’s screen may be multi-touch is all we’ve had since. Nintendo is expected to provide more information in January ahead of the console’s launch in March 2017.