A recent comment made on a GameStop investor relations call seems to have made some confirmations regarding an unannounced feature for the upcoming Nintendo Switch console. These secret features are, according to the comment, motion controls. While discussing how the console's features have the capacity to expand the gaming audience in a similar fashion towards the Nintendo Wii, the US retailer's CEO, Paul Raines had this to say:
According to Paul Raines
"A movement-related game is definitely a lot more fun for kids, you know, taking those accessories off - [the removable/detachable Joy-Con pads] - you can really do a lot of interesting and fun things with that during gameplay."
About the Motion controllers
Nintendo has already, so far, refused to give any details on any hardware specifics that are not shown off in the console's reveal trailer, and have not yet been discussing them until the upcoming Nintendo event due for broadcast in January 2017. These Motion controllers have, however, seemed to be a likely feature for the Nintendo Switch - Nintendo has already included them on its last two home consoles, with the Wii U games utilizing them are seemingly coming to Switch, and recently revealed patent documents suggest their inclusion in some different form.
There is a great chance that the Nintendo Switch's rumored motion controllers may not be of the form of the detachable Joy-Con pads that we have seen already. Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima has previously presented and explained that some hardware accessories that will be incorporated on the Nintendo Switch have not yet been shown off or even confirmed, although it is also questionable whether Nintendo would be fragmenting its audience by requiring some separate devices for what's been a core feature of every Nintendo console.
Will purchasers of the Switch buy this hardware?
Reports have been popping in, revealing that there is a good feeling about the Switch in general. The investor call covers the fact that Consumer Purchase Intent, a survey that indicates how many of those aware of the console are also planning to buy one during launch, is currently sitting at 27%, a similar level to the Xbox One before its official launch.
Nintendo Players have always been the same
Reports have also seen Nintendo players' historic preference of choosing physical media over digital downloads, as well as the given fact that the console utilizes cartridges that are intended for physical playback, as an encouraging sign for rising sales.
The Switch has a lot of potential
Raines has also mentioned that he had been using the console, calling it a very interesting and amazing device. "I think it's got some really tremendous potential as a game-changing console. But for now, we'll have to wait and see like everything else in this industry, the consumers will vote with their money, but I think it's got a lot of potentials." Following its more official reveal in January, the Nintendo Switch is due for release in March 2017.