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Nintendo's New Console is The Nintendo Switch

Oct 20, 2016

By: Max Cannon

The rumors were true. Nintendo's new console, codenamed the NX, is officially revealed to be called the Nintendo Switch and works both as a console and a handheld. Announced officially the morning of October 20th through a 3 minute trailer that focused on the unique features of the new console, but quick glimpses behind the curtain were shown throughout. Take a look at the new trailer below for the console releasing in March of 2017.

First Look At Nintendo Switch


The Nintendo Switch sits in the Nintendo Switch Dock which connects the console to your TV and lets you play as you regularly would, on the big screen for everyone around to enjoy. But removing the Nintendo Switch switches it into a portable mode and games can be played on a screen located on the front of the console. Joystick/controllers hybrids click onto the side of the unit that Nintendo has dubbed Joy-Con controllers.

For more specifics, check out what Nintendo said in their accompanying press release!

"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."

A look at Nintendo Switch's new controller, dock, and screen.A look at Nintendo Switch's new controller, dock, and screen.Courtesy of Nintendo

Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Skyrim and More

We already knew that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would be coming to both the Wii U and Nintendo's new console but what we didn't know that it wouldn't be the only big game we'd get a glimpse of so soon. After showing some new Zelda gameplay in the Nintendo Switch trailer we also got a peak at The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim running on the new console both in portable mode and standard console mode. It's certainly an older game but it means we could be seeing more and more third party support on the new platform.

However that's not even the part that excites me the most. We saw a very, very brief look at the next 3D Super Mario game. We only got a quick look at Mario running through a desert village and a smooth looking long jump through a gorgeous world. It was painfully short but significantly what had me the most ecstatic about the entire thing. 

The end of the trailer showed off a crowd of eSports players prepping for a round of Splatoon which would suggest that the game will receive a port to Nintendo's new console. This lines up with an earlier rumor that claimed not only Splatoon but Super Smash Bros would also make its way to the NX.

Nintendo Switch's dock and main console.Nintendo Switch's dock and main console.Courtesy of Nintendo
Have Your Say!

Are you as excited as I am about the Nintendo Switch? Will you be picking one up yourself or are you waiting to see more? Comment below!