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Nintendo's new game console is a console/tablet hybrid, coming in March

21 Oct 2016 | Rasmus Larsen |

Nintendo has finally unveiled the new game console that it has been working on under codename “Project NX”. Nintendo Switch is a sort of hybrid between a game console for the TV and a portable tablet. It will offer games like Mario and Zelda.

Nintendo Switch – a new game console

Nintendo has never been afraid to stand out in the competition with Sony and Microsoft. This strategy has proven highly successful at times.

This is also the theme for the new Nintendo Switch game console, which will replace the failed Wii U. The Wii U, unlike the extremely successful original Wii, was more of a traditional console. With Switch Nintendo takes an entirely new approach with a hybrid approach. It can act both as a game console for the TV and a portable gaming tablet.

Nintendo Switch game console

The hardware sits in the tablet so you can play the exact same games at home and away. It will render games in HD resolution. It is not clear if it will support HDR (High Dynamic Range), which has become a major selling point for PlayStation and Xbox in recent months.

- “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.”

Nintendo Switch game console

Zelda, Mario and Skyrim

When you dock the console in the TV dock you can remove the “Joy-Con” controllers and use them ”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 will also sell a “Joy-Con Pro” that resembles a standard game controller.

Games come on small memory cards that can be inserted in the console.

Nintendo Switch game console

Some of the first titles shown to run on Nintendo Switch are ‘The Legend of Zelda’, ‘Mario Kart’, ‘Super Mario’, ‘Splatoon’ and ‘The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim’. Nintendo announced they have partnered with 48 game studios including Activision, Bethesda, Electronic Arts, Sega Games, Telltale Games, and Ubisoft.

Nintendo Switch will launch in March. More details will be announced later.

Nintendo Switch game console

Nintendo Switch game console

- Source: Nintendo

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