What is the Nintendo Switch?

The Nintendo Switch is the new console from Nintendo. It sounds like a really good mix between powerful home console and portable handheld system. We don't know everything about it yet (as of October 2016), because it isn't out until March 2017, but here are some things that we do know:

  • The console uses cartridges and not discs. This is an interesting move by Nintendo, and there are good and bad things about this. I like cartridges better myself, because they don't seem to get scratched up or accidentally put in a movie case instead, but it is unfortunate that you won't be able to play the discs from older Nintendo consoles. On the other hand, we might be able to play all the older games that you bought digitally through the Nintendo store.
  • The console has a dock that you can hook up to your TV. If there is compatibility with 3DS games (which has not been determined), or even if you can just download the new Sun or Moon onto it, that means that we can play a real main series Pokemon game on the big screen for the first time since XD. That is huge.
  • Switch has different configurations depending on what you are doing. You can use the detachable controllers to make a two-handed controller, to use as one-handed controllers, or with the screen as a handheld.
  • Switch will support Amiibo figures, which means games like LEGO Dimensions will likely work on it.

It is a game console that can switch between home use and mobile, hand-held use. It is very versatile. This is the intro video from Nintendo: