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Nintendo's new gaming system is 'Switch' and can play games on your TV or its own screen

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First Look at Nintendo Switch

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.

Nintendo Switch docked at a TV
(Nintendo)

Here is the Nintendo Switch docked at a television (with a gigantic and eyesore-ish SWITCH logo on its front).

Nintendo Switch in mobile mode with Joy-Con controller
(Nintendo)

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.

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
(Nintendo)

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.

Many online are excited by the prospect of the new console. 

Others aren't so sure the product will be a success.

Has Nintendo got you excited for Switch?

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