Nintendo revealed a slew of new details on its latest console, the Nintendo Switch, during a media event on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. The console was introduced this past October, but gamers finally know specific details about the hybrid device, among them its launch date, pricing and games. Here's what is known so far about the Nintendo Switch.
Play games anytime, anywhere(Credit: YouTube)
Unlike Nintendo's previous consoles, the Nintendo Switch is a hybrid console that emphasizes both traditional game play and on-the-go fun with friends.
Console? Handheld? It's both(Credit: YouTube)
The Nintendo Switch features a unique design that allows users to play games either on their TVs, like a traditional home console, or on the go via a tablet-shaped screen. The system is fully contained within the tablet, but can be viewed on the big screen via a dock.
Meet the detachable Joy-Con(Credit: YouTube)
The Nintendo Switch controller, known as the Joy-Con, features two detachable sides that can be used either on the system itself for portable gaming, held in each hand or be slipped into the Joy-Con Grip accessory for a more traditional gaming experience.
Return to cartridges(Credit: YouTube)
For the first time since the Nintendo 64 (released in 1996), Nintendo has opted for cartridge-based media rather than discs in its home console. The Nintendo Switch game cartridges appear reminiscent of Nintendo's 3DS flash carts, although it is doubtful the system will be compatible with those games.
Coming March 3, 2017(Credit: AP)
Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has announced that the company's new console will cost $299.99 in U.S. dollars, when it is released on March 3, 2017. Kimishima announced the price along with additional details on upcoming games during a presentation event on Jan 13, 2017 in Tokyo.
You don't need to use the Joy-Con(Credit: YouTube)
Want to use a more traditional controller? Much like the Wii U, the Nintendo Switch will also support a prostyle game pad. Unlike the Joy-Con, this stand-alone controller, called the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, features Nintendo's classic directional pad that has remain relatively unchanged since the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985.
Built-in multiplayer functionality(Credit: YouTube)
Each side of the Joy-Con can act independently as its own controller for certain multiplayer games. That means on-the-go, local two-player matches only require one console and joypad, minimizing the amount of tech players have to lug around with them. In addition, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together for even more than two players to take part in the action.
Switch features a 720p touch screen(Credit: AP)
Like the Wii U, the Nintendo Switch will feature a touch screen, allowing gamers to interact with the system directly on the 7-inch monitor. Nintendo has confirmed that the touch screen will display in 720p, and can scale to 1080p when connected to a TV monitor.
Different color options(Credit: AP)
The Nintendo Switch will be available in two color options: Standard black and grey along with a version that includes neon blue and neon red Joy-Con controllers, according to Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima.
Greater emphasis on online play(Credit: AP)
In addition to an emphasis on in-person multiplayer games, Nintendo has promised additional support for online play, a feature that has been largely absent from the company's previous consoles.
Paid online service(Credit: AP)
Nintendo will also debut a paid online service with its new console, which will allow players to chat online with friends and compete against others. The offering marks the first time Nintendo has created a paid service for online play, and will give players a free NES or SNES game each month. Voice chat will also be available via a player's smartphone.
Advanced parental controls(Credit: AP)
In keeping with its tradition as a family-based game console, Nintendo revealed an extensive parental-control app that will allow adults to set time limits on how much their children use the Nintendo Switch as well as what kinds of games they play. The feature is similar to those found on Playstation 4 and Xbox One, but also includes helpful information for parents to understand the games their children are playing.
It has a kickstand(Credit: YouTube)
Don't feel like holding the Nintendo Switch in your hands? No problem. The screen has a built in kickstand that you can use to keep it upright while you sit a few feet away.
Launch games announced(Credit: Nintendo via YouTube)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will launch on March 3, 2017, the same day as the Nintendo Switch. The game will simultaneously be coming to the Wii U as well. Several other titles also will be launched, among them the oddly named 1,2 Switch; Dragon Quest Heroes 1 and 2; and I Am Setsuna.
Games with more immersion(Credit: AP)
Certain games, like the oddly-named 1,2 Switch won't require players to look at the screen at all times to play, according to Nintendo. The company said it is continuing to look for new ways for players to have immersive and interactive ways to play its games.
80 games in development(Credit: Nintendo via YouTube)
Sonic Mania is among about 80 games from 50 developers in preparation for the Nintendo Switch. Look for other titles like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Just Dance 2017.
Third party support(Credit: Nintendo)
Nintendo consoles may be best known for the company's flagship titles, including Mario, Zelda, Smash Bros. and Pokemon, but Nintendo Switch already has a bevy of third-party developers lined up to create games for its new hardware.
Love retro games? Nintendo has you covered(Credit: AP)
The Nintendo Switch will continue the company's tradition of allowing players to enjoy its classic titles via the Nintendo virtual console, which allows users to download titles from its more than 30-year gaming history. No word yet on if Nintendo will make Gamecube games available on the service, however.
Mario comes to Nintendo Switch(Credit: Nintendo via YouTube)
Nintendo finally revealed a trailer for the new Mario game it originally teased back when it introduced the Nintendo Switch last year. The new game, called Super Mario Odyssey, will allow players to adventure through an open world and will see the famed character leave the mushroom kingdom to enter the real world. The game has an anticipated launch date for the winter holidays of 2017.
Splatoon 2(Credit: Nintendo/YouTube)
Splatoon 2 is the follow-up to Nintendo's popular online multiplayer shooter featuring stylish ink-splashing teens. The game is expected to launch exclusively on the Nintendo Switch later in 2017.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2(Credit: Nintendo via YouTube)
Release date: TBA 2017
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a follow-up to the sci-fi role-playing game that originally launched on the Wii in 2010, and told the story of a war between two titanic creatures and the individuals who lived on them. While a spinoff, Xenoblade Chronicles X, was released for the Wii U in late 2015, developer Monolith Soft promises Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be a true sequel to the first game.
ARMS(Credit: Nintendo via YouTube)
Gamers will have the opportunity to spar with their friends with the launch of ARMS, a boxing game that allows players to use the motion sensors on the Joy-Con controllers to punch their way to victory.
Fire Emblem Warriors(Credit: Nintendo via YouTube)
Nintendo debuted a quick teaser trailer for Fire Emblem Warriors, which can be expected to continue the series' tradition of intense turn-based RPG battles on the Nintendo Switch when it launches.
Puyo Puyo Tetris(Credit: Nintendo via YouTube)
Puzzle game Puyo Puyo Tetris will debut on the Nintendo Switch later in 2017, making the game available to North American players for the first time since the game launched in Japan during 2014.
Super Bomberman R(Credit: Nintendo via YouTube)
Nintendo showed off the first trailer for Super Bomberman R, coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch, during the console's media announcement on Jan. 13, 2017.