Confusion and debate over Nintendo’s mysterious new NX console is over — Nintendo have finally unveiled full details about their upcoming platform, the Nintendo Switch.
Furthering the design patterns of the Wii U and its hybrid controller-screen, the Nintendo Switch features a portable screen flanked by controllers, much like the Wii U; the major difference here is that each side controller, called a “Joy-Con controller”, can be detached from the Switch and used as a separate controller much like a WiiMote.
By default, the Switch will rest in a dock, connecting to a TV in traditional manner. Upon removal from the dock, the Switch swaps to portable mode, acting like an enhanced version of the Wii U controller.
“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.”
As expected, a number of major and smaller game developers and publishers have been announced as producing titles for the Nintendo Switch, including Capcom, Bethesda, Square Enix, Activision, EA, and Ubisoft. Time will tell whether the Switch will launch with primarily ports from these third party publishers, or if they’re producing original new content for the Switch.
The Nintendo Switch is slated for a March 2017 launch.