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

Nintendo took the wraps off its NX today, with a first trailer and a new name.

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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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    October 20, 2016 7:01 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, 'Nintendo Switch' is the new name for Nintendo's NX

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      October 20, 2016 7:25 AM

      OK that's pretty awesome.

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      October 20, 2016 7:43 AM

      ... Tegra? So this is going to be less powerful than the current WiiU?

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        October 20, 2016 7:46 AM

        I assume it'll be something like this:

        http://www.nvidia.com/object/tegra-x1-processor.html

        although "custom" could easily mean more powerful, or less powerful and cheaper. No sense in worrying about it until we know.

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        October 20, 2016 8:13 AM

        I imagine its based on pascal tegra and is probably significantly more powerful than wii u

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          October 20, 2016 8:48 AM

          This has been mostly confirmed when Nvidia dropped the tablet refresh a few months back. That refresh would have used the pascal update to the tegra chip. I want to say the pascal tegra chip has been compared to ps3 level graphics. That certainly wouldn't suck in a handheld device, or even on a tv @ 1080p. The frame rates on the trailer didn't feel 60fps though.

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            October 20, 2016 9:51 AM

            I dont think you can really get a 'feel' for the framerate when they dont even show the games directly just on a screen in the video@24fps

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              October 20, 2016 10:16 AM

              How dare you tell me what I can feel! I reject your reality and substitute my own.

              ;)

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      October 20, 2016 9:52 AM

      I have never had a full size Nintendo console. This one I will buy.

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      October 20, 2016 10:08 AM

      Was so hoping for something that acronym'd to NCC.