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Six Things We Learned From the Leaked Nintendo Switch Video

There's some interesting stuff to glean from the video about the Switch's OS and features.

News by Nadia Oxford, .

The Nintendo Switch is out there. A NeoGAF user called hiphoptherobot says he was shipped his Switch early, so he showed off its menus and setup with some pictures and a video.

It's too early for hiphoptherobot to play games, connect to the eShop, or access many of the Switch's online features (the Nintendo Switch officially hits shelves on March 3), but we still managed to glean some interesting tidbits from his premature Switch showcase:

Nintendo Switch: Hands-On Impressions

With so many control options and a weight that conveys a solid build, it feels good to fondle the Switch.

You choose a Nintendo character icon when you set up your profile
Once you wade through the typical stuff you expect out of modern game system setup (choosing your language, your region, setting the date and time, setting up a Wi-Fi connection), you're asked to set up a profile (one out of a possible eight) with a nickname and an icon. The icon selection menu features several Nintendo characters, including Mario, Bowser, Link, Zelda, the Inklings, and Celeste and Blathers from Animal Crossing. Samus from Metroid is also an option. Hmmm.

The whole setup process still contains unique Nintendo touches
As you work your way through a succession of menus, a simple rising tone lets you know you're making progress. It's a very small thing, but it's those small things that make Nintendo what it is. Another nice touch: If you look at the instructional videos nestled under "News," you'll see a picture of a screaming Toad accompanying the "How to Charge Your System" video.

Capturing and sharing screenshots is easy, but it makes us miss Miiverse
As Nintendo promised, sharing screenshots is as easy as pressing the "Capture" button and uploading your picture to social media (video sharing will be available at a future date). The simplicity is nice, though the Switch owner couldn't show off the feature just yet. Still, we're going to miss the weird comradery of Miiverse and the happy, rustling sounds of the Wii U and WaraWara Plaza.

Out of the box, the Switch has 25.9 GB of internal storage out of 32 GB
The Switch's OS is a hefty package that takes up six gigs. Last month, Nintendo confirmed the system will support microSDXC cards up to two terabytes. Granted, that denomination doesn't exist – yet. Until then, any off-the-shelf microSDXC card will do fine. Don't lose it.

Default desktop themes include "Black" and "White"
You can switch between the standard white desktop and a black desktop that's quite easy on the eyes. We can probably expect to be able to buy and download fancier themes in the future, like the personalization options available for the Nintendo 3DS.

Mii creation and editing is done in the Settings menu
Nintendo isn't abandoning its Mii avatars by a long shot (nor should it), but the Mii creation process isn't front-and-center the way it was with the Wii and the Wii U. Instead, Mii creation and editing is regulated to a sub-slot in the "Settings" menu. You can also use a Mii in lieu of a character icon during the profile creation process.

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  • Avatar for jimgamer #1 jimgamer 2 months ago
    A little bummed to not see it for myself for the first time in two weeks, but it does look nice and clean. Much faster and simpler than the painful WiiU and 3DS menus. Wishful thinking but was hoping to catch a glimpse of a Virtual Console tile next to the Nintendo Shop one. Please don't mess that up Nintendo. Fingers crossed we get a Direct in the next week or so to explain it all. Very excited for 3/3
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  • Avatar for DrCorndog #2 DrCorndog 2 months ago
    @jimgamer Heh. I haven't watched the video yet, and now that you mention being "bummed," I don't think I will. Save some surprise for when I get mine. Good idea.
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  • Avatar for fstim82 #3 fstim82 2 months ago
    "media playback" was mentioned in the sleep settings... so I'm guessing they're planning on having stuff like Netflix or at least a music player in the future. Other than that, it's very disappointing to STILL see no mention of Virtual Console...
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  • Avatar for hellajason80 #4 hellajason80 2 months ago
    yeah I'm not checking out the video or pics I wanna save it for launch day on my own switch. as far as the peeps saying they're bummed not seeing any VC stuff it's most likely a day one download. all new systems have a day one download and seeing how it's not suppose to be out yet that server probably isn't online yet or not looking for devices to update yet. I remember when I bought the wiiU it was like a hour long download right out of the box and the ps4 had a system update out the box as well...
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  • Avatar for chiptoon #5 chiptoon 2 months ago
    The best news is that apparently games will finally be tied to accounts and not systems. Rejoice!
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  • Avatar for Modern-Clix #6 Modern-Clix 2 months ago
    Someone needs to start a petition. Miiverse needs to stay. I get it, they want to connect to mainstream social media accounts, but why not do all that plus Miiverse? Why? Because I don't want to bombard my FB or Twitter with all my nerdy posts and screenshots. Plus, Miiverse is great. Yes, it can be really weird. Sometimes a bit dark. But that is what makes it unique, and it has such a great community, plus developer posts, and whenever I ask a question on it, I always get an answer. The only issue with Miiverse is that it needs to be snappier.
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  • Avatar for Nuclear-Vomit #7 Nuclear-Vomit 2 months ago
    Just watched the video that was linked. Holy crap, a system update is required already (see -1:26)?

    The hell is this crap? I haven't bought a console since PS3 but, damn.
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  • Avatar for alxr #8 alxr 2 months ago
    @Nuclear-Vomit It's pretty normal for consoles to have a day 1 update. The alternative is to not work on the software for the (usually pretty sizeable) period between when hardware production begins and the console's release date, so you'd either have buggier software with fewer features, or the entire launch would need to be pushed back, since the hardware production and the software development could no longer proceed in parallel.
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  • Avatar for Modern-Clix #9 Modern-Clix 2 months ago
    @Nuclear-Vomit What he said below, PLUS, to prevent what just happened and not have him accessing the eShop 2 and a half weeks before release.
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  • Avatar for Nuclear-Vomit #10 Nuclear-Vomit 2 months ago
    @alxr Day 1 is expected... but Day -14(negative)?
    Oh well. Lets hope it's not too long of a download/install.
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