Nintendo Switch Console and Controller Gallery
By Randolph Ramsay | @randolphramsay on
Nintendo revealed its upcoming hybrid home/portable device today, and gave it an official name: the Nintendo Switch. While few details were revealed about what's inside the box, we did get a great first look at what the console looks like. Scroll through to see the Switch in detail, as well as find out more about what this new piece of hardware has in store for all of us.
First up, the Nintendo Switch is a hybrid games device, which means it acts as both a home console and a portable device. The image above shows the Switch portable screen being taken out of its dock, which is connected to a home TV.
The Switch's home controller has two detachable control pads connected to a grip in the middle. These can be slid off and attached to the portable screen.
The detachable controllers--which are officially called Joy-Cons--can be connected to the portable screen, and voila, the Switch is now a portable gaming device.
Looks like Nintendo will be using proprietary cartridges for Switch games. The cartridge being loaded here looks somewhat like an SD card, albeit a little thicker.
The Switch has a kickstand. Of course.
The Joy-Cons can be used unattached from the device itself.
A closer look at the top of the Switch. As you can see, the cartridge slot is marked "Game Card," and there are two shoulder buttons on either side.
A closer look at a Joy-Con. The Joy-Cons feature four face buttons and a thumbstick, but no D-pad.
Here's the Switch in its tablet form.
Nintendo's really pushing the portability angle of the Switch. Here it is being played in a car!
Another view of the Switch being placed into its home dock.
The Switch will have a Pro Controller-like add-on that's separate to the Joy-Con controller. No word yet on pricing for this controller.
Looks like the Switch will be a fairly diminutive device, especially compared to this huge television.
The Switch can handle multiple players at once. In this image, one person each has a Joy-Con, and both are playing a version of Mario Kart.
And here's another example of Switch multiplayer. Two Switch systems, four players, with each player using one Joy-Con controller.
And they're playing a version of NBA 2K.
Here's a close-up look at the Joy-Con controller fully assembled as a single home controller. Notice the very tiny D-pad in the top corner. Is that actually a button, or just a design feature?
Another shot of a Joy-Con sliding into the Switch screen.
Another look at the back of the Switch. On the top right side are a few more buttons that are hard to discern but will likely be power and volume switches.
Another look at the new Pro Controller device.