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Nintendo Switch: Everything we know


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Nintendo Switch – What is it?

Nintendo Switch is the upcoming games console from Nintendo, splicing together a traditional home console with a device that can be taken and played wherever you like.

Switch was recently revealed in a swanky three minute video showcasing the system’s new tablet controller and attachments.

Over the past few months the internet has been swamped with rumours claiming the Switch is a console/handheld hybrid, and it turns out it was all true. The debut trailer reveals an intense focus on portability, local multiplayer and impressive, engrossing gameplay.

"Introducing Nintendo Switch! In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles," says Nintendo.

Since its reveal, GAME CEO Martyn Gibbs has given his opinion on the console.

“As today’s teaser video demonstrates, the SWITCH is another example of Nintendo differentiating its gaming experiences to appeal to a broad array of gamers. Nintendo has consistently developed home consoles and handheld gaming to see its beloved and engaging games and characters deliver ultimate fun and enjoyment. SWITCH is clearly taking some of the best features of handheld and home consoles and merging them into a fantastic new way to play. We will be bringing more details to our customers as soon as possible.”

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Nintendo Switch release date – When is it coming out?

The NX is set to launch in March 2017. Nintendo is yet to confirm a specific date.

Nintendo Switch price – How much will it cost?

We still have no idea how much the console will cost, but hopefully this will be revealed before the end of 2016. With all the potential attachments and controllers, don't be surprised to see a bunch of different bundles at launch

Nintendo Switch Specs – How powerful is it?

Nintendo Switch is powered by Nvidia. More specifically, it contains a custom Tegra Processor with a GPU akin to architecture found in some of the company's top-notch graphics cards. Nintendo isn’t playing around anymore, it seems. At home, the Switch sits in a "Nintendo Switch Dock" which is used to connect to your TV. Once removed from the dock it will automatically transition to portable mode.

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The reveal trailer also gave us a glimpse at the new and improved gamepad, which will be rechargeable through the console itself and capable of accepting cartridges: Switch’s primary form of physical media when it comes to games. As previously rumoured, the gamepad's screen will render at a native 720p, and can be used to project any and all games to your TV of choice. Battery life for the tablet is a still a mystery, but hopefully it improves upon the Wii U's mediocre offering. Amiibo support is also confirmed, so you won't have to leave your collection of figures out in the cold.

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Nintendo Switch will include two detachable controllers known as ‘Joy-Cons’ which can be used as part of the portable tablet or during local multiplayer. Just like the gamepad, these will be charged through the console itself. Each side of the Joy-Con can act as individual controller for each player, making quick and sudden multiplayer sessions a relative breeze. The Gamepad also comes with a handy stand, letting you prop it up on a table or even surface for a better view.

"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," Nintendo said in a press release.

In addition to a fancy new controller, Switch will also incorporate more traditional pads that we assume will be sold separately or as part of a bundle at launch. This peripheral can be used once the Switch is in the main dock, letting you play games on the big screen the old fashioned way.


Nintendo has confirmed that Switch will fully support Unreal Engine 4, a fairly demanding graphics engine. This is a small yet important indication of what kind of games we may see on Switch when it launches next year.

Nintendo Switch games – What will we get to play?

Nintendo Switch will launch with exclusive and multiplatform games in March 2017, some of which were shown off in the reveal trailer. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Skyrim, NBA 2K and Mario all featured, so expect them to be available at or near the console's launch.

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Some Wii U titles such as Splatoon and Mario Kart 8 made an appearance in a seemingly upgraded form. Both games boasted new content, upgraded visuals and different control schemes. Splatoon relies heavily on motion controls, so it'd have to change things up to work on Switch. We wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo remasters a few of its beloved Wii U titles for launch, bringing over a sizeable fanbase with them.

We didn't see many new games in the Switch reveal besides a Super Mario title nobody can quite put their finger on. It looks very similar to Super Mario 3D World with improved visuals and all new level design. Time will tell whether this ends up being Super Mario Switch or some form of jazzy Wii U port. We really hope its the former.


This means Nintendo Switch may also support some manner of backwards compatibility, most likely in the form of digital purchases or fancy ports. It’s clear Nintendo’s new console is fully capable of powering some fairly demanding titles, meaning it’s likely on par with PS4 and Xbox One in terms of raw power.

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Nintendo has released a confirmed list of developers and publishers supporting Switch including Capcom, Telltale, Activision and Electronic Arts. You can find a more extensive list of partners below.

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What do you think of Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comments.


October 20, 2016, 4:10 pm

battery life on the go?


October 20, 2016, 6:10 pm

Looks like a good concept I think this will do well.

Tim Wye

October 20, 2016, 7:18 pm

The versions of Splatoon and Mario Kart 8 shown in the trailer weren't Wii U versions - they were slightly different, so I don't think the backwards compatibility you suggest is a given. More likely they're updated ports. Aside from that I'm concerned about the battery life. But as a concept I think it's great!

Stephan Chase Morsanutto

October 20, 2016, 10:03 pm

As the tablet is only 720p, battery life should be pretty good :) At least a few hours


October 20, 2016, 11:46 pm

RIP Nintendo. This is what you come up with to compete with ps4 and xbox1 and pc. You did well you destroyed atari and Sega. Played along side by side with playstation. Then wii u came out and dug the hole. Nx/switch just put you in the ground


October 21, 2016, 11:27 am

really? so while you're stuck on your sofa with your headphones on, others will be out and about playing their games to their hearts content on the train/car, in the park wherever. Multiplayer with friends in the same room is way more fun than online.
As long as it has the raw grunt to match the 2 main consoles and they get the developer support back it could easily be a contender.
The pricing will be key though as it doesn't offer the benefit of doubling up as a Blu-ray player. But it may offset that by making a separate tablet no longer needed. Hard to tell until we see more details.


October 21, 2016, 12:30 pm

Yes really. I am not a gamer but a parent of gamers. I have always been a Nintendo person since nes came out. Nintendo has been for for younger kids more and more since the other two consoles have been out. The switching of the controllers from controller to tablet mode might be cool idea for kids on the go but as being a parent I have replaced a lot of components to the 64,gc,wii and wii u. The parts are going to get lost or broke very quickly. For the looks of it the games are going to be like the little SD cards for the ds. Which are easy to loose as well. Nintendo did well combining the wii u and the ds. Your right about the pricing but the way Nintendo works it I am sure it will be 299.99 for basic model, 70 for a game. Around 399 for upgraded memory that's hopefully more than 32gig.
Are all your friends going to have it to be able to go to the park to play as a multi player game. How's that going to work exactly. Tethering off cellphone Hotspot. I doubt Nintendo will have some kind of Internet service. I really hope I am wrong. I was wrong about the wii u being cool when it came out.

Pete Thompson

October 21, 2016, 1:11 pm

So everyone knows the future is VR - why didnt they sell a headset only console that you can also plug into a tv - Unless switch will plug into a headset this game is over for nintendo. Innovation? no. the only bit i like is the bloody controllers used to always need charging and often were not by the kids!


October 21, 2016, 4:14 pm

a while ago the future of TV's was 3D........ That went well.
VR is only suitable for some type of games, not all. And the issues on movement and motion sickness will mean they won't be mass market for a while yet, and by then we will be onto the next console generation (if there is one)


October 22, 2016, 4:54 am

oh man im really sorry i didnt realize how long that post got like im seriously sorry about that.


October 23, 2016, 12:32 am

cool thanks my post didnt post(ill assume its because i used the "h word")
basically i assume the games are going to be the same price as 3ds games, the local multiplayer is not going to be over wifi but will be through whatever the ds family uses, something about how itll prob store on sd cards that litterally cost $15 for a 32gig not on the system(and id also assume the games store on the game cards bc thats how ds family games have always worked. you only need an sd card if you want to download a game and a huge game like skyrim is only 6 gigs), and how people are expecting the prices to go(300 for just the system, 400 for the system and some games(an amazing deal to me)) and a bunch of other junk. just imagine something long someone wrote when they were tired and youll get an idea of what i wrote.


October 23, 2016, 8:20 pm

If the future is VR, then why plug would you ever want to plug it into the TV?

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