Nintendo Announces Its New Console and It’s a SWITCH!

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Nintendo of America announced its new console today the Nintendo Switch with a YouTube video.

The new Nintendo Switch Dock system is the latest in continuous game-play technology. When you are at home, the Switch connects the system to your TV. By lifting the Switch from the dock, it instantly transitions into portable mode that gives you the same game in high definition in its own screen. You can continue to game away from home uninterrupted.

The controllers are unique. Designated “Joy-Con controllers”, they’re detachable from either side of the Nintendo Switch. A single player can use one in each hand. Two Players can each use one side for two player games. Have more friends? You can take other Joy-Con controllers and divide them amongst your friends for multi-player activity.

Once you’re done with your friends, the controllers simply click back into place on the console or onto the Joy-Con grip accessorize, which turns it into a traditional controller. If you want a more traditional controller experience, you can use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.

You can also bring several systems together to use for multiplayer face to face fun.

According to the press release:

“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”Developers can design their games supporting a variety of play styles, which gives gamers the freedom to choose an experience that best suits them. Some of the publishers, developers and middleware partners announcing support for Nintendo Switch are as follows:

  • 505 Games
  • Activision Publishing, Inc.
  • ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co., Ltd.
  • ATLUS CO., LTD.
  • Audiokinetic Inc.
  • Autodesk, Inc.
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
  • Bethesda
  • CAPCOM CO., LTD.
  • Codemasters®
  • CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.
  • DeNA Co., Ltd.
  • Electronic Arts
  • Epic Games Inc.
  • Firelight Technologies
  • FromSoftware, Inc.
  • Frozenbyte
  • GameTrust
  • GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC.
  • Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc.
  • HAMSTER Corporation
  • Havok
  • INTI CREATES CO., LTD.
  • KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.
  • Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
  • LEVEL-5 Inc.
  • Marvelous Inc.
  • Maximum Games, LLC
  • Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
  • Parity Bit Inc.
  • PlatinumGames Inc.
  • RAD Game Tools, Inc.
  • RecoChoku Co., Ltd.
  • SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
  • Silicon Studio Corporation
  • Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
  • SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
  • Starbreeze Studios
  • Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
  • Telltale Games
  • THQ Nordic
  • Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.
  • TT Games
  • UBISOFT
  • Ubitus Inc.
  • Unity Technologies, Inc.
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Web Technology Corp

No games were announced with today’s announcement. But the video does show a new Mario game and a new Zelda game. More information including launch date, price, product configuration and related specifics will be announced prior to the March launch.

The console is due out in March of 2017.

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