Nintendo's new Switch console and mobile handheld hybrid will be the nexus (or NeXus, if you will) of an ecosystem with a lot of software and accompanying hardware accessories. Although we saw a few of these during the Switch preview trailer, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima says "by no means is that everything."
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In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that the Switch will have a "wider array" of what he refers to as "add-on hardware." He also hints that the Switch will offer more ways to play than what we were shown during the trailer, and that some software could go beyond traditional console and mobile gaming.
"In terms of the various ways you can play, you will have to see [the Switch] together with the software and accessories that we'll have, which we will reveal in January," Mr. Kimishima said.
"In terms of attachments to the core part that is the Switch, it may be appropriate to call them accessories. Or it might be better to call them add-on hardware. It's probably more correct to call them accessories. You can assume that there will be a wider array."
Given the console's easily-transforming nature built around its sliding detachable controllers, it's easy to imagine all kinds of extra game-specific peripherals and add-ons locking into the core Switch tablet screen. We could see unique additions for Nintendo staples like Mario Kart and Mario Party, as well as other hits like Splatoon.
The Switch preview trailer introduced the system's detachable JoyCon controllers, which can be combined together as one with the JoyCon Grip. We also saw the wireless Switch Pro Controller, which is a more traditional controller that can be used both on-the-go and when the system is docked for home play. Last but not least we saw what looks like a display arm that locks onto a car seat, designed for backseat play in a car.
The Nintendo boss also confirmed the Switch won't work with non-Nintendo hardware...but if it has a thriving and bustling ecosystem with tons of easily-swapping accessories, it won't need to.
The Nintendo Switch launches in March 2017, and the company will reveal pricing, specs, launch games, and more details during a special presentation on January 12, 2017.
Check below for everything we know about the Switch so far, including confirmed specs and details, expectations, reports and analyses.
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