If you've been watching Nintendo Treehouse Live at E3 2019, you'll have probably caught a few glimpses 'behind-the-scenes' on the livestream. A power outage in the hall gave us all a look at Nintendo's error screen, for example. While demoing a new level in New Super Lucky's Tale during Day Two, the developer accidentally hit the home button and we got a look at the Home screen:
An eagle-eyed reddit user also spotted a special dock being used on the stream. Resembling the top half of a mini arcade cabinet, the Switch appears to rest on the front with cables coming out the back leading to monitors and the like:
Could this be a super secret new Switch dock, perhaps linked to the super secret new models?...
Well, no. Besides that fact that using a top secret prototype on camera during a livestream would be idiocy of the highest degree, the Treehouse team use various pieces of non-standard Switch tech and this dock is likely just one of several tools to make streaming easier. During the Super Mario Maker 2 segment of the Day Two stream we saw a Switch outputting an image while in handheld mode, and the above dock looks to be a variant that enables this.
In fact, it's interesting that the touchscreen was used with Mario Maker 2 on the stream - however accessible and intuitive it might be with the Joy-Con, it seems that the touchscreen will be the smoothest, quickest way to create your levels.
So, almost certainly not some intriguing new dock variant. We've seen some different third-party docks, though - do you think a new Switch model would get an entirely new dock design? Let us know below.
Here for the clickbait. FISH ON!
Well duh of course it's one for in house game cap-
I was just caught by clickbait wasn't I.
Absolute non-article and no need for it. Click bait at its finest.
OMG OMG NEW DOCK NEW DOCK... No, just kit the treehouse people are using.... Oh look... a Homescreen no different to any other.....
Wow the definition of click bait shown right here...
Would be good if you could get something that lets you get to the touch screen but display on TV, especially for Mario Maker 2.
It's not a "new" dock, it's a devkit dock.
I hope not, that thing is huge!
Yep, I agree with everyone else. This is clickbait. You can do better NL.
The baitest of the clicks.
Aonuma: 'We came up with the idea for the secret flap on the rear of the Switch dock when I was opening up a chest in Zelda ; it also happened to be the day I bought a cat flap and...' Editor types Yeh well this was what I dreamt about last night so it's BS, but thank you for clicking on this non-article.
Looks like a security device placed ovet a Switch dock to me.
And yet we flocked like Magikarp to an Old Rod, flies to a turd, necrophiles to a corpse.
I’ll stop now.
The Real question is why the awful eye hurting white theme is still the default standard and not the black theme. Well that and does black & white really count as themes.
Random: Did NintendoLife just make a new click bait article?
@SuperJoon I see it as an interesting insight into what equipment is used during the treehouse live. I am sure like myself, many people saw the equipment and wondered what it was. Clickbait article.....isn't that what the whole internet is?
I don't think that's a dock, it's the back of a modified Gamecube so we can use our Switch as a Gamecube monitor for playing the original Luigi's Mansion.
Probably just a developer dock
Remember this dock from 2017? You won't BELIEVE what it looks like now! (Click here for more like this)
Yay, another pointless article to nab some clicks! Here’s mine:
Such click. So bait.
Here Nintendolife, I have some more articles for you:
Random: Did Nintendo Just Reveal Pikmin 4?
Random: Did Nintendo Just Announce Mother 3?
Random: Did Nintendo Just Stealth Release Metroid Prime Trilogy?
Random: Did Nintendo Just Release a Surprise Game for NES Online?
(oh, wait, you did that one...)
They did mention on the Tree house videos that they were using a "Magi-Koopa Capture Kit." That's what that dock is, it allows people to capture Switch footage in portable mode.
Dafuq I just read? It was like listening to a confused person talking to them-self and answering their own questions... 🤦♂️
@MoonKnight7 can they do better? They’ve been getting worse and worse with all
Slow day huh? Short on the daily clicks goal? Here, have some other ideas:
It's a capture unit so they could stream while using the touch screen in handheld mode
Just a heads-up, not every device you see at E3 are going to be a commercial product, some are either dev prototype or just demo units.
Lol I’m sorry? Am I missing something? I’m not exactly sure this is clickbait, but maybe it’s because I saw that particular “dock” during the Treehouse stream and was wondering what it was. Either way I think it’s an interesting thing to ponder about, even if it turns out not to be a dock. Not sure what the Home Screen bit was about, though. :shrugs:
It’s also funny, because for “clickbait,” a lot of users sure fell for it...
True story: I watched that segment, saw that dock, and immediately knew someone would try to create news out of it as a new dock rather than the obvious devkit/capture/security unit it actually is.
Except I figured it would be some site even more depraved than NL, and NL would just link to it as clickbait. You have surpassed my expectations, NLife!
This is a Dev kit stand. Some are even cheaply made depending on which generation of switch Dev kit you got. I know this from working with them. The open face is for testing the lower power undocked mode features of the game. If you're a rendering engineer the last thing you want to be doing is undocking the system constantly or picking it up repetitive strain injury can be frustrating lol. Anyway, this solves three problems, allowing the system to remain connected to a wired connection so the debugger and profiling kit doesn't lose connection, keeps a suitable viewing angle for the dev, and allows access to the ports on the bottom since Nintendo be dumb like that.
These kits are also easier to demo with in my opinion. In the end this isn't a retail kit, you'll never see one on store shelves.
Cmon, that's clearly a show stand for demo purposes...
DevMenu is now my most anticipated release of 2019
Let the rumors of a Pro-dock continue to grow.
While I enjoyed all the click bait comments, I am surprised no one seemed to want to talk about potential new docks ideas.
Ok here is my best one that I doubt could work because the Switch USB-C port doesn’t have bus level bandwidth.
I want a dock called the Switch Blade that lets you put multiple Switches in it for parallel processing (like IBM old blade tech). It also has enhanced cooling and allows the units to be clocked to max speed (already being done by modders) of 1824mhz cpu and 912mhz gpu. All Nintendo would have to do is some api stuff for the os to support more cores and dual gpu but this Switch Blade config would also entice people to buy second Switches and it would have be the zaniest thing N ever offered.
@chardir "Random: Did Nintendo Just Release a Surprise Game for NES Online?
(oh, wait, you did that one...)"
Yeah, that one was especially crappy.
Irrespective of how real this thing is, there is still the need for a new dock. Looks ugly as hell having to slide your Switch into the clunky brick you're given presently.
Wow so when did click bait become the norm for NintendoLife?
How is a streaming-enabled dock not a thing? Shouldn't they want as many twitch streams of Nintendo games going as possible by now? They've supposedly finally figured out that the internet helps get people interested.
This it s a sad "article"
Garbage click bait. Haven't been here in a couple weeks and looks like I haven't been missing much.
The Switch is getting it's own version of Sega's 32X.
I guess technically it is a new dock, at least for most people. It is meant to be used for testing. They also have new security docks that prevent un authorized access to the USB ports and other docks that have different forms and function for different testing and use cases. But in the end they are just a different shell for the same hardware.
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