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Nintendo Switch unveiled as on-the-go home console

Published by Jack Taylor     October 20, 2016     14:16 UTC

Nintendo has formally unveiled NX - a home console called Nintendo Switch, with detachable controllers that can be taken out of the home and played on the go.

Revealed in a three-minute preview trailer earlier, Nintendo Switch is the next home console system to be released by Nintendo, and will launch worldwide in March 2017 as prevously confirmed.

At home, the main part of the system sits in a sleek-looking dock, while players can choose to use either the "main" controller - seen in the above image - or a more traditional-looking controller, which can be seen in the below video.

The two detachable parts of the main handset are called the Joy-Con controllers, while the traditional handset is officially called the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, according to Nintendo's press releases.

On the go, the two Joy-Con controllers can be detached and then attached to the screen, after removing it from the dock; this can then be played on the go, as Switch makes a return to game cartridges, and these are slotted into the back of the screen.

Games showcased in the trailer include The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as well as new entries in the Mario Kart, Splatoon, and Super Mario series; one other title, which many anticipate to be a Bethesda title, is also included.

Some of the developers making games for Nintendo Switch are:

  • 505 Games
  • Activision Publishing
  • Arc System Works
  • ATLUS
  • Audiokinetic
  • Autodesk
  • Bandai Namco
  • Bethesda
  • Capcom
  • Codemasters
  • CRI Middleware
  • DeNA
  • Electronic Arts
  • Epic Games
  • Firelight Technologies
  • FromSoftware
  • Frozenbyte
  • GameTrust
  • Grasshopper Manufacture
  • Gungho Online Entertainment
  • Hamster Corporation
  • Havok
  • Inti Creates
  • Koei Tecmo
  • Konami Digital Entertainment
  • LEVEL-5
  • Marvelous
  • Maximum Games
  • Nippon Ichi Software
  • Parity Bit
  • PlatinumGames
  • RAD Game Tools
  • RecoChoku
  • SEGA
  • Silicon Studio
  • Spike Chunsoft
  • Square Enix
  • Starbreeze Studios
  • Take-Two Interactive Software
  • Telltale Games
  • THQ Nordic
  • Tokyo RPG Factory
  • TT Games
  • Ubisoft
  • Ubitus
  • Unity Technologies
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Web Technology Corp.

NVIDIA has confirmed it has created a custom chipset to power the system, taking into consideration its usability both as a home console and as a portable machine.

More information about the system, including launch-window games, product configurations, game demonstrations, and more will be revealed in the coming months.

NINTENDO SWITCH WORLD PREMIERE DEMONSTRATES NEW ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCES FROM A HOME GAMING SYSTEM

Detachable controllers reinvent gaming

20th October, 2016 – In an introductory video released today at http://www.nintendo-europe.com/nintendoswitch, Nintendo provided the first glimpse of its new home gaming system and revealed that it is called Nintendo Switch. In addition to providing single-player and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.

At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch dock that connects the console to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting the Nintendo Switch console from the dock, it will instantly transition to handheld mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. It brings the full home gaming system experience with you to the park, on a train, in a car, or to a friend’s apartment.

Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of the Nintendo Switch console. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con controllers 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 consoles together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.

“With this first look at Nintendo Switch, I hope fans are already imagining the possibilities of having the freedom to play when, where, and how they want to,” said Satoru Shibata, president of Nintendo of Europe. “Our teams at Nintendo, and many other developers, are all working hard to create new and unique experiences, and we look forward to showing you more.”

Developers can design their games supporting a variety of play styles which gives gamers the freedom to choose an experience that best suits them. Some of the publishers, developers and middleware partners announcing support for Nintendo Switch are as follows:

Today’s video incorporated short glimpses of representative gameplay to demonstrate the liberating nature of the Nintendo Switch home gaming system. Full game demonstrations, the list of launch window titles, as well as launch date, product configuration and related specifics will be shown and announced prior to the March launch.

Source: Nintendo of Europe