Bridging the divide
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.”