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Nintendo's big reveal of the NX happened today and details about the highly anticipated console has finally confirmed what a lot of people have been speculating and rumor-mongering over for the past year. With the March, 2017 release window in sight, Nintendo let loose a focused teaser of what's to come.
Nintendo unveiled the new console over on their official YouTube channel this morning. The name of the console is the Nintendo Switch. It's an odd name, for sure. However, the video explains the name quite well.
They gave gamers a first look at it running the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on a big screen, proceeded by the guy playing the game going over and taking the console out of its docking hub to play it on the go.
You can disassemble the sides of the main Nintendo Switch controller, attach it to the base console and use it as a portable gaming device. The real hook is that you don't even have to turn the console off to take it from the big screen to the portable screen. It can all happen seamlessly with no effort.
The Switch is the hybrid console we've been led to believe it is. This includes a tablet style screen when it's in its mobile form and a console shell similar to the Wii or Wii U when it's docked at home in your living room.
Previous rumors stated that the Nintendo NX would have detachable controller handles on the side., We see that there is a plus and minus button on the left and right detachable controller pads. There are four face buttons on the left side with an analog stick above them, and four face buttons on the right side with an analog stick below it.
Interestingly enough, the left side face buttons appear to be shapes and not letters, a divergence from the typical button setup by Nintendo.
There are two shoulder buttons on the top end of the controller, for the left and right bumpers and there are two more buttons on the upper back of the controller as well that work as triggers.
The Nintendo Switch also uses cartridges, just like the rumors and diagrams had depicted before, allowing gamers to plug in games on the go with ease. A headphone jack is available on the top so you can play with the sound fully turned up without having to worry about disturbing others, and there's an adjustable stand so you can place the new portable Nintendo tablet on a flat surface without having to hold it upright at all times.
What's more is that you can also detach the controllers from the side of the Nintendo NX and use them as wireless control devices, similar to the Wii. Additionally, it's possible to also plug in the Switch back into the docking station and use a more traditional controller similar in design to the Xbox One controller. It features two analogs, a digital pad, four face buttons and ergonomic grips.
One of the more interesting aspects of the Switch is that multiple people can play on a single Switch device. In one segment we see that split-screen play is possible on the portable machine and gamers can use each of the detachable controllers as two separate controllers, so the left controller works as player one while the right controller works as player two.
Another innovative feature is being able to play wirelessly through local network play by linking the devices up, as evidenced by a video of NBA 2K playing in the background. What's more is that multiple people can play on a single device while also simultaneously playing through LAN.
The Nintendo Switch is due for release in March 2017 and is currently available for pre-order.