Although the Nintendo Switch tablet handheld comes with two JoyCon controllers on its side, it's 6.2-inch 1280 x 720 display is actually a fully-fledged touchscreen with 10 points of capacitive touch, and it even has built-in haptic feedback technology. So why is Nintendo being so quiet about it?
Nintendo hasn't really talked about the Switch console's touchscreen panel very much. YouTuber GamingWithMe captured footage of the Nintendo Switch's touchscreen in action at the official console reveal in New York. The touchscreen functionality was demonstrated by a Skylanders: Imaginators representative, who showed that the touchscreen could be used to sort through items within the game.
So does this mean the Switch won't need JoyCons or Pro controllers to play games? Will the Switch support Nintendo's mobile games like Super Mario Run? The answer to that first question is likely no: although the touchscreen will see functionality with some games, it'll likely be used for specific things like inventory management (think how the DualShock 4's touchpad is used) and nothing major. But the second question? I think that's a resounding yes. Nintendo isn't selling the Switch as a bona-fide mobile device; it's a portable handheld, not a mobile. But they could easily merge the best of both worlds with the Switch.