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A Nintendo Switch console in its docked form
Manufacturer Nintendo
Released March 3, 2017
Generation Ninth
Media Flash ROM cartridges
Controller input Joy-Con controllers,
Switch Pro controller
Codename Nintendo NX
Colour Gray/Black
Price 299(US)
Predecessor Wii U
Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch (previously known as NX) and often called "Switch", is a ninth generation dedicated game platform developed by Nintendo. During the reveal of their partnership with DeNA, Satoru Iwata revealed the new console. The Nintendo Switch is a portable system which can be docked for home play, effectively hybridizing home consoles and handhelds. Joy-Con Controllers can attached to the system to work like a GamePad or used separately for multiplayer. The system is cartridge-based, storing physical copies of games on Game Cards like the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS lines; while continuing this tradition for handhelds, it notably breaks the trend of home consoles storing games on discs.

Features

The Nintendo Switch is a home console/handheld hybrid device; while the main unit is a portable tablet with a multi-touch screen, it can be inserted into a special dock that connects to a monitor for at-home play. Games are controlled using either the Joy-Cons, wireless controllers that can be attached to either the sides of the tablet or a special controller bridge called the Joy-Con Grip, or a Pro Controller similar in design to the controllers used in the competing Xbox One. The Joy-Cons can be used either as standard controllers or as motion controllers analogous to the Wii Remote and Nunchuck. Physical games are stored on Game Cards similar to those used in the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS.

Online Service

The Nintendo Switch utilizes a paid online service requiring a subscription fee of around $20 per year; while certain features are still available without a subscription, payment is required to access most features, including online play. The service will be free until the official launch in Fall 2017. Most features are centralized around the smartphone app which will also release in Fall 2017.

Subscribers are able to play one game from Nintendo's earlier systems each month for free, after which it will be removed from the subscribers' systems; a purchase of the Virtual Console version is required in order to permanently own the game.

Though what relation this service has to Nintendo Network is unknown, it lacks Miiverse support but does utilize the Nintendo eShop.

Development

Nintendo Switch

On October 16, 2015, the Nintendo Development Kits for Nintendo's new console, code named "NX", were confirmed to be distributed to various publishers. This confirmed that the NX is succeeding the Wii U and 3DS and is coming out in multiple formats. There seems to be a massive boost in making them developer friendly with development portal at developer.nintendo.com with the Nintendo Dev Interface.

On April 27, 2016, Nintendo confirmed a March 2017 release with The Legend of Zelda as a launch title. Additionally, they said that the NX would not be shown at E3 2016.

Nintendo chose not to give much information about the console throughout most of its development due to concerns over industrial espionage; as a result, an overwhelming majority of the NX's publicity prior to its official reveal focused on unconfirmed rumors and speculation from various third-party sources. The information Nintendo had provided clarified that the NX would not truly succeed the 3DS or Wii U and that games would still be developed for the latter two consoles, as it would be impractical to discontinue both. However, the Wii U was discontinued shortly after the NX's official reveal due to the commercial failure of the former. Additionally, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima confirmed during a Q & A session following E3 2016 that Nintendo has been doing research on virtual reality.

On October 20, 2016, Nintendo released their official preview trailer for the console after months of little to no information; this trailer showcased the variety of ways that the NX, now referred to by its official name of the "Nintendo Switch", can be played; particular emphasis was placed on its handheld capabilities, while still showcasing the ability to use it as a home console. Despite positive fan reception, Nintendo's stock took a significant downwards spike due to investor skepticism caused by the trailer appearing to market the device towards a combination of casual and core audiences rather than the core market alone and by the continued lack of information towards the Switch's technical specifications.

On December 7, 2016, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime did a surprise live demonstration of the Switch during his guest appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon; there, he allowed Fallon, a noted fan of Nintendo, to play a brief demo of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While nothing was stated about the technical specifications of the Switch, its live demonstration showcased its home-to-handheld transition capabilities and its ability to run Breath of the Wild at a noticeably smoother frame rate than the Wii U version, implying a greater technical prowess.

In January 2017, Nintendo discussed the Nintendo Switch in full in an hour-long presentation, detailing the system hardware, its accessories, the prices of the system, games, and accessories, the release date, and several notable games coming to the system, including Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey, Fire Emblem Warriors, FIFA and Project Octopath Traveler. The following weekend, Nintendo had a hands-on event in New York, Japan, the United Kingdom and more with tours to travel across Europe and North America up until the system's launch in March 2017. Additionally, numerous internet celebrities known for specializing in video game-related content (such as Emile R. Rosales-Birou, Ross O'Donnovan, and Jirard Khalil) were shipped Nintendo Switches and copies of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild early for the purpose of reviewing both the console and the game.

On March 3, 2017, the Nintendo Switch saw worldwide public release, with retailers describing sales of the console as being ambiguously strong. While reception of the console was mostly positive, many noted the underwhelming launch lineup, with Breath of the Wild, the system's most anticipated game, having the added caveat of being available for the previous-generation Wii U as well as the Switch. Others also noted software issues such as spotty connectivity between the left Joy-Con and the console, stating that issues such as these marred the experience of the system. Nevertheless, consumers, reviewers, and even other video game companies generally praised Nintendo's console.

Launch Games

There are over 100 games in development for the Nintendo Switch. The system will launch with the following titles

Trivia

  • The Nintendo Switch is Nintendo's first hybrid console.
  • The Nintendo Switch is the first home console in the world to store physical games on cartridges as the main format in 20 years; the last cartridge-based home console before it was the Nintendo 64, released in mid-to-late-1996.
  • The Nintendo Switch is Nintendo's first home console since the Nintendo GameCube to have the word "Nintendo" included on its name.
  • The Nintendo Switch is Nintendo's first console to charge using a USB Type-C connector.
  • The Nintendo Switch is the second home console to not have a Mario game as the launch game, since 1-2-Switch released first. The first console is the Wii with Wii Sports.
  • The Nintendo Switch is Nintendo's first region-free home console, and their first fully region-free system since the Nintendo DS, released in 2004.

Gallery

  Main article: Nintendo Switch/gallery

Videos

Videos
First Look at Nintendo Switch03:37

First Look at Nintendo Switch


First look
Quick Guide to 'Nintendo Switch'03:34

Quick Guide to 'Nintendo Switch'


Quick guide
Nintendo Switch Reveal Reactions03:41

Nintendo Switch Reveal Reactions


Reveal reactions
Jimmy Fallon Debuts the Nintendo Switch09:41

Jimmy Fallon Debuts the Nintendo Switch


Tonight show
Main Page: Nintendo Switch/videos


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