Nintendo Switch console and portable hybrid coming March 2017
Nintendo just announced its next system, the Nintendo Switch, a console and portable hybrid that will release in March 2017. You can watch the reveal trailer above.
Nintendo Switch connects to the TV like a traditional console, but it can also be removed from its dock and the system instantly transitions to portable mode via the Switch’s high-definition display. The video shows a man playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with a traditional-looking controller on a large TV before picking up the Switch, sliding in small controllers on either side of the system, and continuing the same game outside.
The Joy-Con controllers, as they are called, are detachable inputs that can be used in a variety of ways. One player can use one in each hand, or they can be used by multiple people for multiplayer games. The controllers can also snap into a Joy-Con Grip accessory for more traditional control, and a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller (similar to the Wii U Pro Controller) will also be available.
In addition to Zelda, the video offers glimpses of versions of Skyrim, Mario Kart, Splatoon, and most interestingly, a new Mario game. Nintendo has announced nearly 50 publishers supporting the Switch and says the launch titles, release date and price specifics will be revealed prior to the March launch.