Nintendo has officially revealed the Nintendo NX, and it has a new name, Nintendo Switch. It will be released in March 2017.
Announced in a teaser trailer, the Switch confirms the rumors we’ve heard previously - this is a powerful handheld console featuring two detachable pieces that can act as individual controllers (called Joy-Cons), and a TV-connected dock for playing on the big screen. Its physical games will come in the form of cartridges similar to those used for the Nintendo 3DS.
Switch transitions from TV to handheld mode by simply lifting the screen portion of the console out of the dock. Multiple Switch consoles can be used in tandem for local multiplayer play.
We also saw a controller shell into which two Joy-Cons can be slotted. Nintendo has announced that it will also release a more traditional Switch Pro Controller, mirroring the Wii U's Pro Controller.
The Switch is powered by Nvidia's custom Tegra processor and, according to Nvidia itself, is "also supported by fully custom software, including a revamped physics engine, new libraries, advanced game tools and libraries. Nvidia additionally created new gaming APIs to fully harness this performance."
It's currently unclear whether the console has a touchscreen, although no one using it in the teaser trailer appears to interact with the screen in that fashion, pointing to an abandonment of one of the Wii U's core concepts. While no Amiibo are used in the video, they do appear in the background, seemingly confirming their compatibility.
The trailer shows a new 3D Mario game, Skyrim: Definitive Edition, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, NBA 2K17, and what appear to be updated versions of Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon running on the console.
No price has been announced at time of writing - Nintendo is expected to announce a more fully-fledged Nintendo Direct to introduce that detail, as well as a more complete launch game line-up.
Nintendo has also released a selection of the publishers, developers and middleware manufacturers supporting the new console:
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Untitled Mario Game
- Splatoon Switch (Possible Wii U Update)
- Mario Kart Switch (Possible MK8 Update)
- The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
- Just Dance 2017
- Holiday 2017 Sonic Game
- Dragon Quest X
- Dragon Quest XI
- NBA 2K Game
- Steamworld Heist
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