The wait (or at least half of it) is finally over: we now know the design on Nintendo's next console, formerly known as the NX.
On Nintendo's site, Nintendo finally revealed the system, known as the Nintendo Switch. As previously rumored, the device is actually a console/tablet hybrid.
In a press release, Nintendo said:
In an introductory video released today, Nintendo provided the first glimpse of its new home gaming system and revealed that it is called 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. At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. [...] Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of 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. They 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 isn't going at it alone with the Nintendo Switch, either. In the same press release, Nintendo revealed their third party partners, which include (but are not limited to):
- 505 Games
- Bandai Namco
- Bethesda Softworks
- Electronic Arts
- Epic Games
- Platinum Games
- Square Enix
- Warner Brothers
As previously announced, the console is set for a March 2017 launch.