After almost a year of leaked documents and teases from the company, Nintendo has officially revealed the Nintendo NX, which is actually called the Nintendo Switch.
The Nintendo Switch can easily transform from a home-console platform, to a handheld gaming rig. With the design Nintendo is hoping to master an idea that has been tried before by its console rival Sony.
Nintendo released an introductory video, shown below, offering the first glimpse of the new gaming platform. When using the console at home, players can use the Nintendo Switch as it rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV. When you remove the Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode.
The Nintendo Switch offers a high-definition display and features detachable Joy-Con controllers that connect to both sides of the Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options.
The controllers can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.
“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.
You can checkout the Nintendo Switch in action below, this video was released by Nintendo earlier today to demonstrate the dozens of times you might need to move from console to handheld, then back again.
Nintendo only teased the title today and didn’t jump into specs. The company stated that full game demonstrations, the list of launch window titles, as well as launch date, price, product configuration and related specifics, will be shown and announced prior to the March launch.
We do know that NVIDIA built a custom Tegra processor and software for the device, but more specs will be announced at a later date. In a statement following the launch NVIDIA talked about the device adding, “Nintendo Switch is powered by the performance of the custom Tegra processor. The high-efficiency scalable processor includes an NVIDIA GPU based on the same architecture as the world’s top- performing GeForce gaming graphics cards.”
NVIDIA went on to say, “The Nintendo Switch’s gaming experience is also supported by fully custom software, including a revamped physics engine, new libraries, advanced game tools and libraries. NVIDIA additionally created new gaming APIs to fully harness this performance. The newest API, NVN, was built specifically to bring lightweight, fast gaming to the masses.
Gameplay is further enhanced by hardware-accelerated video playback and custom software for audio effects and rendering.”
Nintendo fans will be able to find the Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo 2DS through authorized retailers like Amazon.com.