Nintendo discussed its newest system, the Switch, in more detail Thursday, but it has since been mum on little tidbits such as the system's home menu, and other trivial stuff.
The hush-hush approach has left many players in pursuit of any morsel Switch information, and those who have been keenly monitoring Twitter may have briefly seen another glimpse of the Switch's user interface.
The Switch UI
Nicalis, creator of games such as The Binding of Isaac, posted a picture on Twitter that shows what appears to be the system's mid-game menu, or the screen one sees when a game is paused, essentially confirming that, well, games can be paused on the Switch, like on the 3DS. Interestingly, the photo might have just confirmed what looks to be a night mode theme for the system.
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"Isaac was lonely so we brought a few friends to keep him company," the developer wrote. The tweet seems to have been a supposed tease for the developer's upcoming Switch games. The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ has already been confirmed as a Switch launch game, but not other Nicalis classics such as 1001 Spikes and Cave Story, both of which were seen alongside Afterbirth+ in the leaked home menu photo.
Yet aside from the apparently confirmed Nicalis titles, most took particular interest with the home menu, which looks a wee bit different than previous sightings. The first glimpse of the Switch UI was by virtue of Nintendo's official presentation, but that was short-lived, and the background or overall theme was white, instead of a dark or black theme seen on Nicalis's photo.
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But perhaps the biggest tidbit that can be gleaned from the photo is that there will be an option to change user accounts mid-game. Notice that there's a "Change user" option under the 1001 Spikes tile, alongside a "Now Playing" indicator right inside the tile itself. It appears that this will be possible without ending the session.
On the Wii U, pausing a game by clicking on the user account prompts users to either close the software or return to the Wii U menu. It appears that this scheme won't be replicated over to the Switch, which is a welcome change. But the rest of the UI actually looks similar to the Wii U menu, but the Switch is far more aesthetically pleasing, at the very least.
The Nintendo Switch launches March 3, at which point everyone may finally get to toying around with the UI, or playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is one the system's launch games. The Switch will retail for $299. Preorders for the console, however, have sold out.
Other launch games joining Breath of the Wild are 1-2-Switch, Just Dance 2017, Skylanders Imaginators, Super Bomberman R, and The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+, as previously mentioned.
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