This morning, Nintendo revealed the long-awaited “NX” gaming system, now dubbed the Nintendo Switch. The rumors are true: it’s a hybrid console. You can play it as a home console that plugs into your TV, and you can play it on-the-go. The Nintendo Switch boasts the mobility of a handheld while letting you enjoy the processing power of a home console– and you’ll be able to play it by March 2017.

You can see the Nintendo Switch in action here. The trailer also gives you a taste of the console’s upcoming library of titles, and boy, is it promising.

At home, you’ll be able to plug it into the Nintendo Switch Dock. As soon as you pull it out of the dock, the Switch can be played portably. Whether you’re at a park or in an airplane, you’ll be able to enjoy the Switch.

Nintendo’s brand new controller, dubbed the Joy-Con, detaches from the side. The video shows that you can hold the console and play it like the Wii U’s Gamepad. You can also detach the controllers and play with one in each hand, or play with two players. With multiple Joy-Con controllers, multiplayer both at home and on-the-go are possible. If you prefer the experience of a traditional controller, Nintendo is offering a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.

Friends can bring their consoles together, and enjoy local face-to-face multiplayer. You can see a group of four friends playing a game from the NBA 2K series using two consoles. The players can split the Joy-Con controllers to play on-the-go.

You’ve probably been wondering just how strong this console is, as well. This morning, NVIDIA revealed that the Nintendo Switch is powered by their custom Tegra processor. The Tegra processor’s GPU is “based on the same architecture as the world’s top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards.” According to NVIDIA, the console “is also supported by fully custom software, including a revamped physics engine, new libraries, advanced game tools and libraries.”


We got a glimpse of a number of first party titles during this trailer. Nintendo showcased The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, in addition to ports of Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon. Mario Kart 8‘s trailer interestingly featured King Boo, who wasn’t or hasn’t yet been included in the Wii U’s version of the game. Splatoon also showed off new Inkling hairstyles that have never been seen before in the Wii U version of the game. You can bet that these ports are enhanced versions with brand new features for the Nintendo Switch. The trailer additionally gave a look at an untitled 3D Mario game in the vein of Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy. We’ll look forward to hearing more details about this title in the future.

The most shocking part, though, was the third party support. Besthesda’s remastered The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition will be coming to the Switch. Another major surprise was the reveal of the NBA 2K series to Nintendo consoles. Nintendo may have finally created a console third party developers would be eager to work with. The Wii U’s third party was dismally small. With more third party support, Nintendo will court more developers and players alike.

Gamers can anticipate a strong library of games from the likes of companies from Besthesda to Platinum Games. Nintendo released a full list of developers who have upcoming games for the Switch. You can check it out below and look for your favorites.


The Nintendo Switch releases in March 2017. No official details have been given on the price of the console, separate controllers, or on the release dates of any titles showcased in the trailer. We’d also like to know more about the battery life.

Personally, March 2017 couldn’t come sooner. We’re stoked, and looking forward to portable Skyrim, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and the unrevealed Mario title.


About The Author

Robert R
Sr. News Editor