Nintendo Switch release date news, console updates: GameStop exec thinks Nintendo's next-gen console is a 'game changer'

(Facebook / Nintendo)Promotional image for the next-generation gaming console Nintendo Switch, formerly known and referred to as Nintendo NX

Many fans and even executives from different companies and outlets are now starting to think that Nintendo could very well be on the right path to success with its upcoming next-generation console — formerly known as the Nintendo NX — which is now officially referred to as the Nintendo Switch.

GameStop's Chief Executive Officer Paul Raines has shared his views about the Nintendo Switch during the company's recent earnings briefing, according to GameSpot.

"The Nintendo Switch, which I played at Nintendo a few weeks ago--we believe could be another game-changer that will expand the audience for gaming," said Raines.

Interestingly enough, he also seemingly confirmed that the Nintendo Switch will come with motion controls, probably in the form of a controller like the ones used for the Wii U console.

"The Switch is a very interesting device.... A movement-related game is more fun for kids, you know, taking those [Joy-con controllers off] and then the master controller, you can really do a lot of interesting things with that in gameplay," he continued.

Some enthusiasts believe that the motion controllers Raines was referring to in the statement are the detachable Joy-Con pads.

IGN suspects that another add-on — such as external hardware — might come out in the future specifically made for this purpose.

Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima has previously revealed that the Switch will come with different hardware accessories once it comes out to the market sometime next year. However, he did not reveal what these accessories were or how they could be used with the upcoming console.

Meanwhile, for those who are excited to know more details about the Nintendo Switch, the company has officially announced that a streaming event has now been scheduled to air on January 13, 2017. The event will highlight some of the remaining features of the Switch, and hopefully its hardware accessories.

The Nintendo Switch is slated to be rolled out to the public in March 2017.

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