The Nintendo Switch is the new console from Nintendo, and probably their last shot at remaining a hardware company. Although the Nintendo’s last console, the Wii U, wasn’t as successful as they might have hoped, the video game company clearly learned a couple of lessons about the importance of portability that they’ve carried through the Nintendo Switch. The console, which was previously known as the Nintendo NX before Thursday’s announcement, looks to be a healthy mix of home console versus portable gaming system.
As far as the actual release date, the Nintendo Switch will release in March 3, 2017. We can’t wait.
If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, do yourself a spend three-and-a-half minutes checking out the ingenious new console. We’ll get to the details in a second.
Watched it? Great. As promised, here’s what we know so far about the various pieces that make up the Nintendo Switch.
The Nintendo Switch Console
The Nintendo Switch Console is actually the tablet/screen and is the key piece to playing the Nintendo Switch. When you’re at home playing the Switch on your TV, the Console charges in the Nintendo Switch Dock. When you’re on the go, the console has clips on either side for the “Joy-Con” controllers.
As an added bonus, there’s even a kickstand on the back of the console to allow it to stand upright. When doing this, you can either use the controllers individually or attach them together via the Nintendo Switch Grip.
Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Controllers
Obviously, the Nintendo Switch Console is the most exciting piece of technology here (screen + console in one sweet tablet), but the heart of the Nintendo Switch is in the two twin “Joy-Con” controllers. Not only do they seamlessly clip into the console, but they can also be used individually to play against a friend since they’re essentially mirror images of each other.
If you don’t feel like sharing, you can always just attach the Joy-Con via the Nintendo Switch Grip (above) which also features ergonomically shaped handles to help you grip the controller better..
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is going to be a separate accessory that might be a little more familiar to gamers used to playing with more familiar controllers. In the trailer, the professional gaming team was filmed using these. Probably better for first person shooters like Splatoon.
Nintendo Switch Dock
Although we’re not certain, it’s a safe bet that the only purpose of the Nintendo Switch Dock is to charge the two controllers, the Console, and serve as a node to connect the Console to your television. It seems to be a perfectly small, amazing size. Whether or not that Nintendo Switch Dock is the only thing capable of charging the Nintendo Switch Console remains to be seen.