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Nintendo reveals rumored NX console as Nintendo Switch for March 2017

Nintendo has officially revealed the Nintendo NX, and it shows that sometimes a code-name is just that, as its official name is now; Nintendo Switch. It will be released in March 2017.

Announced in the just released teaser trailer, the Switch confirms the rumors that have been surrounding the device for months; Nintendo was making a handheld/console hybrid. This makes total sense as Nintendo has been dominating the handheld market, but struggling in console hardware sales and software support.

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The Switch has two detachable pieces called Joy-Cons that can swap to not only the system itself, but a controller mold as well. You can operate them just as they are, or flip them sideways and have each player take a piece for some head-to-head play.

The Switch is cartridge based and honestly, I think it’s the smart play. Nintendo has a proud lineage of cartridge based consoles, and most players already own Blu-Ray devices anyway.

You can easily transition the device from handheld to console with a simple process called; Switch. This will allow you to just grab the console out of the dock and continue play on the go. Should you not be comfortable with the style of controller offered, the trailer does show the use of a special Switch Pro-Controller as well.

We got glimpses of a new Mario game, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, NBA 2K17 and Skyrim: Definitive Edition. We also saw upgraded versions of Splatoon and Mario Kart running not only on the Switch, but it could be that they have been moved to either a cartridge or are downloadable via some sort of Nintendo Store.

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The Switch is powered by Nvidia’s custom Tegra processor and, as Nvidia itself mentioned, 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.”

What hasn’t been shown or talked about is whether the device is a touchscreen, but considering there wasn’t a hint of that in the trailer, it’s probably unlikely as neither the controller or Joy-Con Switch controller had any sort of touchscreen section, meaning that the Switch as a handheld won’t have any bonuses of gameplay over the other.

Any information regarding pricing wasn’t made available at the time of this article. Nintendo will reveal more about the console, including said price, during an upcoming Nintendo Direct, which has usually been the case for their reveals.

Until then, take a look at the following trailer for a solid look at the Nintendo Switch.

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