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The Nintendo Switch: A Game-Changer in the Video Game Industry

The Nintendo Switch: A Game-Changer in the Video Game Industry

Excitement swept through the ranks of Streamline Studios as we anticipated this game changer. The Switch. We spend so much time deep in the trenches of video game development, it’s hard to remember sometimes why we built our amazing studios. The Switch reminded us.

The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid console that was released by Nintendo in 2017. It has since become one of the most popular video game consoles in the world selling millions of units. Let’s look at the history and impact of the Nintendo Switch on the video game industry.

The History of the Nintendo Switch

In 2015, Nintendo announced they were working on a new console code-named the “NX.” It wasn’t until 2016 that they revealed the console’s official name, the Nintendo Switch. They released the console in March 2017 and it was an instant hit. They announced the Nintendo Switch, a hybrid console that played as both as a home console and as a portable console. Players could dock the console to play games on their TV, or they could undock it and take it with them on the go.

It was the best of both worlds. The world of the couch and the world of games-to-go. The reasons the Switch became an instant hit soon became clear as the console settled into the hands of the global games community.

Technical Achievements of the Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch’s technical achievements are many. The console features a custom NVIDIA Tegra processor with upgrades to a storage space using microSDHC or microSDXC cards up to 2TB. The console also features a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280x720. An exceptional detachable Joy-Con controller system is included with the Nintendo Switch, making local multiplayer gaming possible. Players can use each Joy-Con controller as a standalone controller, or they can combine them for more complex games.

Streamliners playing Bake 'n Switch on Nintendo Switch

Impact on the Video Game Industry

The Nintendo Switch has had a tremendous impact on the video game industry since its release. It has revitalized interest in Nintendo as a company and has brought new gamers into the fold. The console has also inspired a new wave of game development, as developers work to create games that take advantage of the unique features of the console.

One of the most significant impacts of the Nintendo Switch has been on the indie game scene. The console’s portability and easy-to-develop-for platform have made it an ideal platform for indie developers. Many indie games found success on the Nintendo Switch, and the console helped to bring attention to games that may have gone unnoticed otherwise.

Another impact of the Nintendo Switch has been on the traditional console market. The console’s hybrid design has shown that there is still a demand for home consoles, but that players also want the option to take their games on the go. This has put pressure on other console manufacturers to adapt to the changing landscape of the gaming industry.

Market pressure leads to innovation, a healthy response for the future of gaming.

Credit to the Manufacturers

Credit goes to Nintendo for their innovation, and willingness to take risks. The Nintendo Switch was a departure from the traditional home console model, and it could have easily backfired. However, Nintendo’s dedication to creating a unique gaming experience paid off, and the Nintendo Switch quickly became one of the most beloved consoles of all time.

Not bad for barely 5 years on the market.


The Nintendo Switch had a tremendous impact on the video game industry since its release in 2017. Its unique hybrid design and technical achievements made it a popular choice for gamers around the world.

Switch has revolutionized the indie game scene and the traditional console market. Nintendo deserves credit for their willingness to take risks and their dedication to creating a unique gaming experience. The Nintendo Switch is a game-changer in the video game industry, and its impact will be felt for years to come.

We built Streamline to welcome every technology innovation. Our teams move fast and respond to the changing landscape.

We must.