Nintendo Co. Ltd. this week announced the Nintendo Switch, a new home console that offers both home and mobile game options.
At home the Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects to a standard television. When lifted from the dock the Nintendo Switch becomes a portable handheld device with a high-definition screen, headphone jack, and kickstand.
The hardware utilizes a custom Tegra processor from Nvidia Corp, which created custom software, including a revamped physics engine, new libraries, advanced game tools and libraries, and new gaming APIs.
Portable Joy-Con controllers can attach and detach from the Nintendo Switch. The Joy-Con Grip attaches both sides to the grip to resemble a home console controller. Each Joy-Con includes an analog stick and a four-button array.
Outside the home Joy-Con controllers can be used together for single-player games or can each be used separately for two-player local games. A Nintendo Switch Pro Controller with traditional format analog sticks and buttons will be sold separately.
Game titles will utilize flash memory card storage. Demonstrated titles include The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Mario Kart, Mario, Splatoon and NBA 2K.
The hardware will be sold Mar. 2017.
Nintendo released the Wii U console in 2012 to weaker-than-expected demand.