As we near the January 13th (12th for the US) Press Event, naturally more and more rumours emerge.
First off, there was the leak from my very own EB Games, that informed us that the Switch has a USB Type-C port, which means that you won't have to rely on Nintendo to provide you with portable chargers. It seems like a smart move right off the bat and a sign that Nintendo are willing to go in a new direction in order to be successful. Usually they'd be stubborn and stick to their own methods, so it's nice to see them become more consumer friendly.
Another story doing the rounds comes from Eurogamer's Tom Phillips and it concerns the Switch's Virtual Console. The latest virtual console will be the first to support Nintendo GameCube titles. For whatever reason, Nintendo never got around to releasing the titles on the Wii or the Wii U (despite homebrews being able to emulate the Cube...) leaving what is easily one of the most underrated platforms completely unrepresented. While I don't like to support emulation, considering how far the Dolphin has grown, I feel like Nintendo is really late to the party here. While it's nice to finally have that option and if they can offer me a good deal on Luigi's Mansion, I may just take it. However, it's an aspect Nintendo really needs to improve in. They have all these great games and yet they do nothing to market them and a lot of classic titles don't even make their way onto the platform. I'll spare everyone the rant, but it's one of my biggest gripes with the latest generation of consoles.
There's more rumours, but considering I'm the Pokemon guy (and if you have a problem with that, I'm always up for a sneaky battle) I thought it'd be appropriate to end on the idea of Pokemon moving to the Switch. This is one announcement I'm anticipating with baited breath. Partly because I eventually want to buy a copy of Sun so I can have a complete 3DS Pokemon collection, but also because this would be the first steps to a home-console version of Pokemon. While the game is said to be like the Game of the Year version, Stars, it's said to have a bunch of new features that they had to put a halt on as the team working on the Switch version had to help out the 3DS version and give it those finishing touches. If Stars is confirmed, I may skip Sun altogether and just use that as my alternate Generation 7 game. Of course the concern here is that it may not be compatible with the 3DS, so there's plenty of questions that will have to be answered.
In summation, the two-for-one handheld/console deal certainly has me curious. As long as it has enough exclusive software I'll be on board. I must admit as well, Nintendo chose a really good month to release the system in for me since it happens to be around my birthday. If the system releases at the $299 US dollar mark for the bundle, I'll be on board.