Nintendo Flips the Switch On Its Newest Console


The NX codename is no more, as Nintendo announced Switch as the official name of their next gaming console.

The Nintendo Switch was revealed in a video showcasing some of the console’s unique features and portability. The Switch is designed with a docking station that allows the unit to be connected to a display while at home, but a tablet-sized screen can be removed from the dock enabling players to take their gaming on the go. Several different controllers were shown being used with the unit, including two modular joypads that attach to the unit for travel, detach for use as the main controller at home and can be used independently similarly to the Wii remote and nunchuk or individually for multi-player mode games. It’s not clear if the unit’s screen is touch enabled.

Besides the console, Nintendo gave us a first look at some new games lined up for the Switch including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a new Super Mario Bros. game, Mario Kart 8, Splatoon, Skyrim and NBA 2K. The Switch will play small 3DS-like cartridges.

Nintendo expects the Switch to start shipping in March 2017.

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