Nintendo Switch Overview Video Shows What Makes It Unique

Here's what's included with the system and how you can play it.


Nintendo has released a video providing an overview of its next console, the Switch. The trailer offers a three-minute breakdown of all the features in the new hybrid device.

It starts by showing off the base unit and the tablet, before moving onto the Joy-Cons and showing how they attach to the tablet to offer a more robust gaming experience. There's also a showcase of the TV mode, handheld mode, and tabletop mode.

The video digs deeper into the hardware inside the Joy-Con, which offers "new HD rumble," allowing them to "reproduce sensations and experiences in entirely new ways." The controllers' motion control capabilities are also highlighted, with attention drawn to their gyroscopes and accelerometers, as well as the right Joy-Con's infrared sensor. The right controller also features NFC "read and write" tech, which allows the console to support Amiibo.

The left controller meanwhile, has a capture button, for saving screenshots--similar to the PS4's share button. Each controller also feature two standard triggers--R/L and ZR/ZL--as well as two bumpers for when you're holding only one Joy-Con: SR and SL.

The Joy-Cons are used to their fullest in 1-2-Switch, which recently had its weirdest minigame yet revealed. If you're curious to know what the Switch feels like to hold and play, check out our hands-on impressions here.

Nintendo Switch launches on March 3, priced at US $300/£280/AU $470. The console's touchscreen was recently shown off for the first time, using Skylanders Imaginators. The toys-to-life game is one of 10 confirmed Switch launch titles. The other nine are: 1-2-Switch, The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+, Just Dance 2017, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, I Am Setsuna, Human Resource Machine, Little Inferno, World of Goo, and Super Bomberman R. For all the games confirmed to be coming to Switch--but not necessarily at launch--take a look at our roundup.

The Switch launch lineup could continue to grow between now and release in March, but it's unlikely there will be as many launch titles as there were for Wii U, which had 23. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime recently spoke out to stress that launch is "not the be-all and the end-all."

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