Nintendo Switch is a portable game system like a Game Boy or 3DS but also connects to a TV. It's designed to be a powerful Nintendo game system you can also take on the go, with a pop-out kickstand and wireless motion controllers that snap right into place.There will be 2 versions: one with 2 gray Joy-Con controllers & another with both a bright red and a bright blue Joy-Con.
There will be 2 versions: one with 2 gray Joy-Con controllers & another with both a bright red and a bright blue Joy-Con.
Let's explore this new game console by Nintendo:
Nintendo Switch: A Bold New Game System
It is a modular hybrid game system that can play its games connected to a TV like a regular game console, or as a tablet-style handheld with its own controls. The 6.2-inch screen can be propped up on its own kickstand, with detachable controllers that each act like their own miniature “Wii Remote” motion controllers.
Here is the detail specification of the Nintendo Switch:
The Nintendo Switch is not like other games console that has ever come before it. You can use it as a portable tablet device with a built-in kickstand or sit & play by docking it in a base that connects to your TV. At home, you can plug the tablet into the dock and beam your game-play onto the big screen. In a park, you can plug the two controller sticks in either side of the screen and walk about & play at the same time.
There will be many accessories also, for instance, the Controller Pro for players who find the standard Joy-Con controller too small for their hands. If you're a Lego or Transformers fan, you'll be delighted with the design that allows you to assemble all the parts any which way.
In terms of its form, the Switch has several parts. It is mainly a tablet which connects to a docking station. The tablet, which is the centerpiece of the product, has a 6.2-inch HD display. There are also two Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R) controllers, a Joy-Con Grip (with which the two Joy-Cons can be combined to form a single controller), two Joy-Con straps (to help avoid throwing your controller at the TV unintentionally) and the Nintendo Switch docking station (which holds the tablet piece and connects it to your TV). The game cards for the Nintendo Switch, which are like tiny game cartridges, are inserted on the top left. At the top, you will find the power and volume buttons, while the speakers are at the bottom. On the back, there is a stand which should make using the Switch a bit more comfortable.
The "Nintendo Switch Dock" is where the Switch lives when it's in your living room. The tablet slides into the dock and then seems to instantly switch into a TV-connected mode. This is a bit like the Nvidia Shield tablet, which had a similar play-on-TV, play-on-the-go idea.
The Nintendo Switch has a flexible idea of controllers: two "Joy-Con" side pieces slide onto the edges of the Switch tablet, adding four buttons and an analog stick on each side, plus shoulder buttons, just like the Wii U GamePad. But when these are slid off, they can become standalone Wii remote-like controllers, held sideways to play games.
Here you will get a left-hand element that includes an analog stick and direction buttons alongside a 'minus' options button, a Capture button for recording gameplay and a top shoulder trigger. The right-hand element has a second analog stick, the X, Y, A and B input buttons, another shoulder button, a 'Plus' start button and a Home button for jumping to the main interface.
There will be many accessories also, for instance, the Controller Pro for players who find the standard Joy-Con controller too small for their hands. They can charge while attached to the tablet.
Games it will play
Nintendo's upcoming ‘Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ will be a launch title on March 3, and it's just the start. Two other titles available at launch will be 'Skylanders Imaginators' and 'Just Dance 2017'; which is already available on the PS4 and Xbox One. Nintendo says there are over 80 titles in active development. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a port of Mario Kart 8 from the Wii U plus all of its DLCs, so nothing new. It remains a pleasant classic.
When it is docked, the Switch GPU will be operating at a frequency of 768 MHz. When used as a handheld console, the Switch will be underclocked to the tune of 307.2 MHz. The four ARM A57 cores of its processor are 1020 MHz regardless of whether the console is in the dock or not. There is 4 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory and also has an expandable microSD slot.
Nintendo estimates you'll get between 2.5 and 6.5 hours of battery life at a go.
"The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played for roughly three hours on a single charge," says the company.
That might not sound like a lot, but you can use a standard USB Type-C phone charger cable to keep it topped up or just slot it into the dock at home.