Yesterday, Nintendo of America teased on Twitter that a preview trailer for the company's next console, widely known as the Nintendo NX, would be released today. That trailer is indeed out now and shows off the Nintendo Switch, the official name for the NX, and Switch is an appropriate moniker for this hybrid device. If you watch the trailer, embedded below, you will see it goes between being a traditional console form factor and a mobile tablet design by pulling the tablet portion out of the console dock.
The Joy-Con controller also sports a modular design, with the controls being housed on two parts that can attach to the side of the tablet. If you want a more traditional feel to the controller you can get the Switch Pro Controller or attach them to the Joy-Con Grip accessory. You can also hold the two separate parts in your hands, or even hand one off to a friend, as both feature a joystick and four-button layout. Multiple systems can be connected for some local multiplayer, too.
As had been rumored about before, the system uses game cards, instead of the optical disks consoles have been using for so many years now. Given the portable capabilities of the Switch's design, this makes sense. I did look closely at the video and could not see any other card slots on the device, but that does not have to mean anything. When you watch the video, you will see something that should come as good news to those hoping to see Nintendo re-enter the 'hardcore' game market. A good portion of the Switch gameplay is of Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. In the linked-to press release, Bethesda and many other companies are listed among the publishers, developers, and middleware partners supporting the console. Along with Bethesda are Activision; Bandai Namco; Capcom; EA; Epic Games; Konami; Square Enix; Take-Two Interactive, which owns 2K; Ubisoft; and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
The Nintendo Switch is currently slated to launch in March 2017, so we can expect more information, including price, specifications, and launch window titles to be announced between now and then.
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