The internet has been firing up in response to Nintendo’s announcement of their new console; the Switch, particularly over its key selling point; portability. So we thought it might be interesting to consider if and how the Switch could have an effect on exergaming.

The Switch has two interesting (or as many are saying, revolutionary) new features that have people talking. The first is its portability. From what we can gather from the teaser trailer, the Switch’s tablet acts as an all-in-one, allowing gamers to play their favourite titles on the move. The second is its removable/interchangeable paddles which can be restyled to create a range of different controller interfaces.

We’ve talked a lot over the course of the campaign about the Wii and what it did to bring exergaming into the home. We’ve also been trumpeting VR as the definitive future of exergaming. Whilst its unclear at this stage if the Switch supports motion controls or Wiimotes – Nintendo is notorious for phasing out backwards compatibility after a couple of generations – the element that may make the Switch a versatile exergaming platform is its portability.

Assuming that the Switch is what its rumoured to be – a consolidation of Nintendo’s home and portable consoles – there’s a good chance it’ll include the pedometers that the 3DS utilises to track your movement and give you rewards. It could also potentially support mobile data and GPS signals, or a system similar to the SpotPass. These implementations could see the Switch support mobile exergaming experiences similar to Pokemon Go. Taken to its logical conclusion players could soon be wandering outside to complete quests, searching for in-game Easter eggs in local parks, or even hiking nearby mountain ranges to reach the greybeards in Skyrim,.

Of course, all of this is crystal ball gazing right now since details are scarce about the system, but it’s another approach to exergaming that we may very well be experiencing soon.

-EC

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4 thoughts on “Nintendo Switch: A Different Approach?

  1. I know Nintendo is offering the portability of the Switch as a feature and not as a way to change the way games are played, but it would be great if the system did have some sort of accelerometer like functionality built into it. Even if it’s similar to how you can collect play coins on the 3DS and then use them to purchase in-game items for some titles 🙂 Great article!

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    1. Our thoughts exactly Paul! We’re hoping some of that basic back-end hardware is at least modeled after the 3DS because that would open up a wealth of possibilities for active gaming. However there must be a huge amount of engineering going on behind the scenes with the Switch so we’ll all have to wait eagerly as information comes out in the coming months, but we’re incredibly excited 😀 Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      1. Definitely!! I’m sure all of our questions will be answered come January 12th of next year 😀

        That said, do you share these posts on any other websites? I work over at Creators .Co (we’re part of Movie Pilot and Now Loading) and this is the sort of content that makes for an entertaining read. If you were open to the idea of posting your work on our sites in addition to also having your blog/site, I’d be more than happy to help you get started. My e-mail and more info can be found on my page.😀

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