Nintendo announces launch of hybrid console

Nintendo has unveiled its new console, the Nintendo Switch, which will be released in March 2017.

Once known as the NX, the console looks to be a hybrid machine, half portable and half traditional console, but more flexible than either.

The device, which appears to take games loaded on DS-style cartridges, can be used as a traditional console like a PS4 or Xbox One, with the machine docked with the TV and an (Xbox-styled) wireless controller, called the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, used to play games on it.

But it can also be used in a number of portable modes. The main body, which has an LCD screen on it, can be undocked from the hub and carried away. Owners can then either attach mini semi-controllers (called “Joy-Cons”) to its side, and use it like a particularly large portable games console – think a massive PS Vita – or prop up the screen and use the wireless controllers instead.

A second type of wireless controller allows owners to dock the two mini controllers to either side of a wireless body, and play using that. The Joy-Cons are included; the Pro Controller is an optional accessory.

Aside from the focus on the physical hardware, Nintendo also revealed a portion of the lineup for the machine. Alongside the newest Zelda game, which had already been confirmed for the console, actors were seen playing Splatoon, a Mario platformer, Mario Kart and the only third-party game, a port of Bethesda’s five year-old RPG Skyrim.

Read more ta The Guardian.

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