Nintendo has a new video game console coming in March 2017: the Nintendo Switch.
As rumored, Nintendo’s new console will be a combination of portable and home console. In the video shown, people play games on the Switch using a home console. Here’s what that looks like:
But there’s not just this home base console – there’s a handheld as well, and it looks an awful lot like a little touch-screen tablet:
Two controllers attach to the sides of the screen to turn it into a sort of combination tablet/portable game console. Nintendo calls the controllers “Joy Con” – and they can be used in a bunch of different ways. Here’s how Nintendo describes it:
“One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.”
The Switch uses cartridges rather than game discs – that means much shorter loading times for games. Here’s a look at how that works:
A variety of games were shown: a coming “Legend of Zelda” game, a new “Super Mario” game, and a few others. It appears that Switch may be able to play at least some of the previous console’s games – the Wii U game “Splatoon” was shown being played, but it’s unclear whether it’s getting a new version or Switch is capable of playing Wii U games.
Nintendo announced a gaggle of partners that are making games for Switch, including heavyweights like Activision (known for games like “Call of Duty” and “Destiny”) and Take-Two Interactive (“Grand Theft Auto,” “NBA 2K”).
Here’s how the console looks being changed from home console to handheld:
Notably, the clip-on controller components of the portable version of Switch can also be used as standalone game controllers for multiplayer on-the-go. Nintendo says the console will arrive in March, with more details including the price to come before then.
Here’s a closer look at the system, courtesy of Nintendo: