Bridg­ing the di­vide

HWM (Malaysia) - - NEWS -

When the Switch was first un­veiled back in Oc­to­ber last year, there was a clear seis­mic shift within Nin­tendo, one that saw a younger team of de­sign­ers and en­gi­neers “tak­ing the lead on Switch de­vel­op­ment”, as re­vealed by Miyamoto in a Glixel in­ter­view two months later. Upon its re­lease in March 2017, crit­ics – both pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur – saw much po­ten­tial in the hy­brid con­sole, but lamented the lim­ited launch lineup and the con­troller desync is­sue, which Nin­tendo claimed af­fects “a small num­ber of units”.

De­spite be­ing the fastest-sell­ing con­sole in Nin­tendo’s his­tory, fol­lowed by news of on­go­ing short­ages in North Amer­ica and Ja­pan, most ma­jor third-party pub­lish­ers were still cau­tious in the first six months of the Switch, leav­ing a steady stream of first-party ti­tles, Ham­ster’s Ar­cade Archives, in­die re­leases, and the oc­ca­sional ex­clu­sives and mul­ti­plat­form ports to fill in the re­lease cal­en­dar. But if the re­cent Nin­tendo Direct is of any in­di­ca­tion, it’s that things are about to get in­ter­est­ing in the com­ing months.

In this is­sue of HWM Malaysia, you’ll find that we have pulled to­gether the top tech­nol­ogy trends from IFA 2017, and turned back the clock to a time when the first iPhone puts the in­ter­net in ev­ery­one’s pocket. Our trip to IFA 2017 in Ber­lin also en­abled us to bet­ter un­der­stand Len­ovo and its al­len­com­pass­ing ‘Dif­fer­ent is Bet­ter’ nar­ra­tive. And as they say in show busi­ness: “The best is yet to come.”

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