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The Nintendo Switch logo.

The Nintendo Switch (formerly known by its codename NX) is a video game console created by Nintendo. It serves as the seventh and current home console for the company, succeeding the Wii U. The Nintendo Switch functions as a hybrid home and handheld console, as it can be played at home and on the go with its numerous play styles. The Nintendo Switch was unveiled on 20 October 2016 and released worldwide on 3 March 2017.

Overview

Development

The Nintendo Switch began development in 2013[1] in an attempt to bring back sales to Nintendo after lackluster success with the Wii U and marketing competition from mobile gaming. Revealed to the public on 20 October 2016,[2] the Nintendo Switch was stated to not be "the successor to the Wii U nor to the 3DS",[3] but as the system was nearing to its release date, the Wii U's production cycle ended on January 2017.

Before the system was officially unveiled, Sonic Forces was slated to release on the system when it was still under its codename, the "NX". Thus, Sonic Forces was one of the first titles to be announced for the system.

Hardware

  • The Nintendo Switch in "docked" mode.
  • The Nintendo Switch in "handheld" mode.

The Nintendo Switch acts as a hybrid home and handheld console. As a "home" console, the system itself can be docked on the Nintendo Switch Dock, where it can connect to a TV. However, the system can be taken out of the Dock and be used as a handheld device, with or without the Joy-Cons (the controllers of the system) attached. The Joy-Cons can be attached onto the system and on the Joy-Con Grip, where it can serve as a traditional controller.

Nintendo Switch Sonic games

Game Name Release Date
Mania Sonic Mania 15 August 2017
Sonic Forces box artwork Sonic Forces 7 November 2017

References

  1. Nintendo's Big Switch: Q&A With President Tatsumi Kimishima. Bloomberg Technology (27 October 2016). Retrieved on 21 September 2017. “Tatsumi Kimishima: Three years ago, all of us together — [Satoru Iwata], Genyo Takeda (technology head) and Shigeru Miyamoto (creative head) — created a plan to revitalize our business, which included smart devices, our new hardware and maximizing our intellectual property.”
  2. First Look at Nintendo Switch. Nintendo (20 October 2016). Retrieved on 20 September 2017.
  3. Arif, Shabana (16 May 2016). Nintendo NX "is neither the successor to the Wii U nor to the 3DS". VG24/7. Retrieved on 20 September 2017.

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