WATCH | Nintendo gives us a first look at Switch, its new hybrid gaming system
First look: Nintendo gaming on the go (or not)
On Thursday, Nintendo released a teaser trailer for its next gaming system, called Switch.
The fast-moving video shows a system that can plug into your television for a typical Playstation or Xbox experience, or be "switched" out of its dock to play games (ostensibly the same console games) on the go.
Here is the Nintendo Switch docked at a television (with a gigantic and eyesore-ish SWITCH logo on its front).
The two-piece controller that snaps onto the sides of the Switch is called the Joy-Con controller.
All the ways you can play
Switch works as expected when docked at a TV, but when it's lifted out for gaming on its own screen, there are many ways to play.
Snapping the Joy-Con controllers to its sides turns Switch into a handheld gaming device. On top of that, the Joy-Con controllers are also wireless and can be used as two controllers for head-to-head play on a single screen.
Several Switches can also be networked together wirelessly for multi-console mobile gaming.
The wait is over! (Almost.)
Nintendo's Switch hybrid gaming system reveal finally puts a face to the years-long rumors floating around about the famous Japanese gaming company's next console.
Of course, though Mario and the gang were all shown in action on the Switch in Nintendo's trailer, the console is not "here" yet; Nintendo flashed up "coming March 2017" at the end of the video.
The wireless Switch Pro Controller can work in console mode or with Switch's small screen.
Will it have Playstation and Xbox-type graphics?
Details about the system's hardware and graphics capabilities were not communicated in the trailer. (Although, the gameplay did look good!)
Nintendo's last two consoles, Wii (2006) and Wii U (2012), were decidedly behind Playstation and Xbox in raw graphics power, so it'll be interesting to see if the very portable Switch system is able to compete in these departments.
It's been a while since I've actually wanted to buy a console, but you got me with the Switch, Nintendo.— Nick // Trainer Tips (@trnrtips) October 20, 2016
Many online are excited by the prospect of the new console.
Wow, Nintendo you've done it again. You made me question whether or not your console will flop. I have mixed feeling about the switch. =/— Noble @ AX (@Lost_Pause_) October 20, 2016
Others aren't so sure the product will be a success.
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