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After yesterday’s tease and time setting, and today’s posting of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild footage, Nintendo has finally posted their first real information on their next home gaming system, previously known by its codename – the Nintendo NX.

We now know that the console is the Nintendo Switch, and it is indeed the hybrid console that many rumors had speculated that it would be. The device works by connecting the sides to the edges of a small screen that can go portable or use as a second screen experience – and also works with a normal controller type format as well. Each one of the little pads (called Joy-Cons) that can be used is designed to support letting someone playing on it, making it easy for multiplayer on the go as well with the screen as well as when at home.

The trailer showed several games in it – a Basketball game, a new Mario game, Skyrim, and Splatoon. The same games will be available whether on the portable screen, or when it’s connected to the Switch Dock that puts it on the big screen. The system also supports multiple Nintendo Switch systems working together for multiple people to play local co-op, beyond multiple people using the detachable Joy-Con controllers.


Reggie Fils-Aime, the President of Nintendo of America released a statement saying the following about the new device:

“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like.It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”

Nintendo also released a list of some of the partners working on creating games for the system or working to create middleware (such as engines or physics support things). Some of the biggest names include: Atlus, Bandai Namco, Bethesda, Capcom, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, From Software, Havok, Keoi Tecmo Games, Konami, Level-5, Marvelous, Nippon Ichi Software, Platinum Games, Sega, Spike Chunsoft, Square Enix, Take-Two Interactive, Telltale Games, THQ Nordic, Ubisoft, Unity, and more.


The Nintendo Switch will be releasing in March, and they state that further information such as launch titles, date, price, product configuration and more will be revealed in the coming months. They also launched a website for it, although it is currently under strain from traffic.

Don Parsons

News Editor

I've been a gamer for years of various types starting with the Sega Genesis and Shining Force when I was young. If I'm not playing video games, I'm often roleplaying, reading, writing, or pondering things brought up by speculative fiction.

  • Azure

    This is pretty amazing, they’re finally pushing what they are good at, that being handheld stuff.

  • Nope Naw

    It’s nifty, but they’re once again going for a system that’s going to be vastly underpowered in terms of the competition. Add to that that unless there’s a download plan in the works, backwards compatibility with WiiU games will likely not happen. I*m also not feeling that “Dpad”.

    Also, using freaking skyrim to advertise their Next Gen console? For fricks sake…

  • Zepherdog

    People LOVE skyrim, don’t you know?

  • Zepherdog

    I still don’t know what to expect from this console.

  • matt606

    I already have a PC so I don’t really care about power, I care about different and interesting games. Also, I would kill to play Skyrim on a portable device. If I could play Skyrim at 60 on this for 3+ hours then this is an instabuy.

  • matt606

    I don’t know, but that’s what I’m really hoping for. If it can then I really want it. If not, not so much.

    But we’ll see.

  • jaygerbomb

    As a successor to the 3DS with the ability to act as a home console, I think it looks impressive. Price is going to be the kicker though. It needs to be $300 USD or less and I doubt it will be.

    Also, it looks to be Skyrim Remastered, FWIW.

  • jaygerbomb

    I’ve got to admit, I’m way more impressed than I expected to be, even though it’s conceptually about what I was expecting. We’ll see how this pans out – if it’s marketed (and priced) as a 3DS successor that can double as a console, then it might just do well. If it launches at $400 though, forget about it.

  • Aiat

    They are going after the handheld market, and hope to bring along some of the home console fans along. Imagine if they can sell the same as 3DS+Wii U, I would call that a great success.

  • ParasiteX

    Yep. Anything over $300 and it will fail hard. As it will never be able to compete with neither the home console or mobile market at such a high price.

    What i find really funny though.. is that they believe with this trailer that they are gonna be able to corner the e-sport market with this.. Keep dreaming Nintendo..

  • Agt_Pendergast

    Don’t know why though.

  • matt606

    It’s a good game Brent.

  • Zepherdog

    That’s debatable.

  • Nope Naw

    “I already have a PC so I don’t really care about power, I care about different and interesting games.”
    You’re implying that I don’t care about different and interesting games, which is wrong.

    The reason system power is a sticking point is because outside of the forced innovation for innovations sake the lower powered nature of the Wii and WiiU play a good part in why the systems didn’t have longevity. Bigger studios simply didn’t want to bother with the system because it can’t produce what they want it to. This in turn leads to a domino effect where other studios follow suit. This is why the Wii and WiiU had such shit third party support. In the WiiU’s case, coupled with an absolutely abysmal marketing strategy.

    You can boast about not caring about power all you want, but there’s more to why power is important than simply the feelings on the matter of any one particular customer.

    I figured that the “in terms of the competition” would suffice to make the point.

  • Nope Naw

    The Breath of the Wild footage in the trailer sure didn’t look 60. Barely 30, even.

  • Nope Naw

    Not really. Doesn’t appeal to me. I’d rather play Dank Souls or Pillars of Eternity. Maybe not Pillars on the Switch, though.

  • GrimFate

    “Nintendo Switch: Be Anti-Social Everywhere”

    If it has good games, decent battery life and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, I’d probably buy it. I have been keen to get a handheld gaming device for a while, so this seems like it could be a good choice. Hope it has some sort of video playback and maybe Netflix support.

    So, for me, this is probably more competing with the 3DS and PS Vita than the Xbox One and PS4.