The New Nintendo Console is Called the Switch

By Julian Benson on at

Finally, after talking about it in hushed tones for years, Nintendo has revealed that it's next console is called the Switch and it is out in March, 2017. I guess we can throw away that old NX codename now.

The Switch is a hybrid between a home console and a handheld. You can see it in action in the reveal video below:

Over the last few months, there have been rumours that the console would be a hybrid machine but now Nintendo has officially confirmed the suspicions.

It looks like the Switch can be docked and played like a normal console at home, played like a portable while on the move, and, if you can find somewhere to sit down, you can detach the controllers from the screen. It looks like a very versatile console.

Until now, the only game for the Switch that had been announced was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (which has had three new videos released today). It looks stonkingly good but Nintendo is making it for both the Wii U and the Switch, so it may not be the best example of what the new console is capable of.

The reveal video showed that the Switch is perfectly capable of running games like Skyrim. That may not be the most modern game but it could well encourage more third-party developers to port their games to Nintendo's console, something fans have been calling for for years.

As well as the controllers that can be fitted to the Switch itself, the reveal video also showed off a gamepad. It looks a lot more like a traditional controller than those that launched with the Wii and Wii U. This more generalist controller could well appeal to third-party developers, too.

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A lovely feature on show is that some games (in this case a Mario Kart game) can be played in splitscreen multiplayer, even when it's not docked at home. The two grip controllers that are fitted to the sides of the screen can act as two independent controllers, one for each player.

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Here's a closer look at how the side controllers can be snapped together to be used instead of the gamepad:

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Also on show was what looks like a new Mario game:

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It also appears that you can play wireless local multiplayer games if you and your friends have more than one Switch between you:

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So, Nintendo's Switch it one console that can be played in a tonne of different ways.