'Nintendo Switch' is the new name for Nintendo's NX

Nintendo took the wraps off of the NX today, now dubbed the "Nintendo Switch."

As expected, the Switch is a tablet-like device with detachable controllers and a home hub. The trailer shows the controllers attaching together for traditional control, or being turned sideways similar to a Wii controller, along with a presumably optional "Pro" controller. It also teased a number of games, from Skyrim and Splatoon to a brief glimpse of a new Mario game. The trailer also shows that as reported, it will use cartridges.

Nvidia issued an announcement that it will run on a custom Tegra processor. Plus, the trailer reaffirmed a launch date of March 2017.

In an accompanying press release, Nintendo detailed the "Nintendo Switch Dock" that connects with a TV. Removing it from the dock turns it to portable mode, with detachable "Joy-Con" controllers. The controllers have several configurations: one player can hold them in each hand, or docked to the screen, or slipped into a Grip accessory to mirror a traditional controller. Or, two players can each take one controller. Multiple Switch systems can also be brought together for local multiplayer. 

Nintendo promised support from a large list of publishers, including Activision, 505, Bandai Namco, Bethesda, EA, Epic, Konami, Ubisoft, Square Enix, Telltale, and Warner Bros.

The press release conspicuously does not mention a touch screen, though, and we saw no touch screen functionality in the trailer, so Nintendo may be leaving that Wii U and DS/3DS feature behind with this new hardware.

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