Nintendo's has unveiled the Nintendo Switch, a games console comprised of a portable tablet-like device and a docking station for home play. It is different, interesting and we we've already had our hands on one.
It's due to launch on Friday 3 March with pre-orders already open.
Here's everything you need to know about the new Nintendo Switch.
What is Nintendo Switch?
The late Satoru Iwata first revealed his company was working on a new games console in March 2015. Codenamed Nintendo NX (but reported as "Project NX" originally), the new console was said to be "a brand-new concept".
"As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename 'NX'. It is too early to elaborate on the details of this project, but we hope to share more information with you next year," Iwata said.
The machine he was referring to is the Nintendo Switch, as initially revealed on Thursday 20 October 2016, although he sadly passed away in summer of 2015 so didn't get to deliver that news himself.
When is the Nintendo Switch release date?
The Nintendo Switch will launch on Friday 3 March in 31 European territories, including the UK, France, Germany, Denmark, Portugal and Russia. South Africa will get the console on the same date too. The US will of course also get the console.
Following the official reveal on 13 January, you are now able to pre-order the console from a number of retailers. But be quick, as there will only be limited quantities. The Nintendo Store in New York has confirmed as much on Twitter and we expect other regional retailers to follow suit.
How much does Nintendo Switch cost?
Although many expected the Nintendo Switch undercut its big rivals in price, it will actually cost £280 in the UK, $300 in the US and 29,980 Yen ($260) in Japan.
There are already a range of accessories that have been priced up too, with games costing between £50-60. The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is priced at £59.99, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is priced at £49.99, but these prices could always change.
The Pro Controller costs £69.99, while a pair of Joy-Con controllers is £74.99.
What does the Nintendo Switch look like?
The Nintendo Switch is essentially made of one tablet-like device with a 720p, 6.2-inch screen that can then be added to. Two controllers - called Joy-Cons - clip either side when portable, giving a Wii U GamePad-style experience. They then come off when the console is slotted into a docking station, so you can use the Switch like a regular console connected to your TV.
When docked, you can clip the Joy-Con controllers onto a separate Joy-Con grip accessory to make a fully-fledged gamepad.
What's more, each of the Joy-Cons can be used as a basic controller individually, allowing for two-player games when out and about. The Switch tablet unit has a kickstand so it can remain upright, like a portable TV, providing another option for gaming on the go.
What are the Nintendo Switch specifications?
We've know what it looks like and what it's like to play, but we will still have to wait to find out detailed hardware specs, as Nintendo has yet to publish them.
Nvidia had previously stated that it is making the processor inside the console and a spec leak claimed that the CPU and GPU will be based heavily on the Nvidia Tegra X1 chipset - much like the new Nvidia Shield Android TV box.
That effectively means it will have 256-core Maxwell graphics processing and an octa-core processor. It will also be capable of 4K Ultra HD video playback, although it is said to have a HDMI 1.4 output so will only be able to play 4K video at 30fps.
One report, published by Eurogamer, also claims that the graphics power will be amplified by more than double when the Switch is docked. Spec sent to developers reveals that the GPU will run at 307.2MHz when undocked but 768MHz when docked. That means there is potential for games to run in 720p on the tablet when portable, but 1080p on a TV.
What is the Nintendo Switch software like?
An interesting rumour that emerged in the middle of last year is that the Nintendo Switch operating system will be based on Android. This isn't as ludicrous as it sounds considering the Tegra X1 processor is running the show. The same chipset can be found in the Nvidia Shield TV, as stated above, which also runs on an Android platform.
We've not heard much recently to back up the claim though and for our first impressions, make sure you head over and read out Nintendo Switch preview.
What games are available for Nintendo Switch?
Nintendo has released details of many of the games that will launch for the Nintendo Switch, but only a few of them will actually be available from the launch date of 3 March. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be available from launch day along with 1-2 Switch.
Other games that will launch during 2017 include Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey and ARMS.
We've had a chance to play some of these new titles, so for a closer look at some of these games, take a jump over to read in more details about that experience.
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While there won't be a huge array of games at launch, Nintendo has revealed a full list of developers, publishers and other software partners, so you can get an idea of what games to possibly expect in the future. You can see them all below:
- 505 Games
- Activision Publishing, Inc.
- ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co.,Ltd.
- ATLUS CO.,LTD.
- Audiokinetic Inc.
- Autodesk, Inc
- BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
- CAPCOM CO., LTD.
- CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.
- DeNA Co., Ltd.
- Electronic Arts
- Epic Games Inc.
- Firelight Technologies
- FromSoftware, Inc.
- GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC．
- HAMSTER Corporation
- INTI CREATES CO., LTD.
- KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.
- Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
- LEVEL-5 Inc.
- Marvelous Inc.
- Maximum Games, LLC
- Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
- Parity Bit Inc.
- PlatinumGames Inc.
- RAD Game Tools, Inc.
- RecoChoku Co.,Ltd.
- SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
- Silicon Studio Corporation
- Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
- SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
- Starbreeze Studios
- Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
- Telltale Games
- THQ Nordic
- Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.
- TT Games
- Ubitus Inc.
- Unity Technologies, Inc.
- Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Web Technology Corp.