Nintendo has unveiled its new NX hardware, and it's actually called the Nintendo Switch.
The Swtich is a transforming handheld tablet, and has a docking station just like past reports. Gamers can actively switch between the tablet on the go, attaching transforming controllers to it, or dock it for console based play. The Switch was shown playing Zelda Breath of the Wild, and it looks like you'll get the exact same gameplay while on-the-go on the handheld as you would while it's docked for console play.
It will have cartridge-based games, and features a detachable controllers called JoyCons. The tablet itself is referred to as the "Switch console", and docks into a U-shaped "Switch Dock" to enable traditional couch-based living room play. The Switch will have its own traditional wireless Pro Controller, as well as a "JoyCon Grip" that merges the two JoyCon controllers together. Up to four Nintendo Switch consoles can be hooked up for seamless wireless multiplayer.
"In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose," reads the official Switch press release.
"Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries."
The Switch will also support Skyrim: Special Edition and a huge smattering of modern games, including which is pretty massive, and the system will have tremendous support from third-party developers with over 25 publishers and devs pledging support for the Switch.
Nintendo has yet to reveal a price for the Switch hybrid console, but reports suggest it could cost $300 to $350.
Check the official Nintendo Switch press release for more info:
In an introductory video released today (https://www.nintendo.com/switch), Nintendo provided the first glimpse of its new home gaming system and revealed that it is called Nintendo Switch. In addition to providing single 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.
"It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries."
At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable 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 an airplane, in a car, or to a friend's apartment.
Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. 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.
"Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like," said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America. "It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries."
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:
- 505 Games
- Activision Publishing, Inc.
- ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co., Ltd.
- ATLUS CO., LTD.
- Audiokinetic Inc.
- Autodesk, Inc.
- BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
- CAPCOM CO., LTD.
- CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.
- DeNA Co., Ltd.
- Electronic Arts
- Epic Games Inc.
- Firelight Technologies
- FromSoftware, Inc.
- GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC.
- Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc.
- HAMSTER Corporation
- INTI CREATES CO., LTD. • Web Technology Corp
- KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.
- Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
- LEVEL-5 Inc
- Marvelous Inc.
- Maximum Games, LLC
- Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
- Parity Bit Inc.
- PlatinumGames Inc.
- RAD Game Tools, Inc.
- RecoChoku Co., Ltd.
- SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
- Silicon Studio Corporation
- Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
- SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
- Starbreeze Studios
- Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
- Telltale Games
- THQ Nordic
- Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.
- TT Games
- Ubitus Inc.
- Unity Technologies, Inc.
- Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
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, price, product configuration and related specifics, will be shown and announced prior to the March launch.
Huge thanks to Roy Johnson for catching these Switch pics!