Introducing The Nintendo Switch

No longer called the Nintendo NX (but I liked that name), Nintendo has announced that their new system is called the Nintendo Switch. Thanks to the short but fantastic trailer, we now see how the system will work and is true to the original rumors that system is a hybrid of sorts. We still don’t know much about the hardware just yet, but we did see that in the trailer that it does use some sort of flash cart for on the go gaming. 

We still don’t know much about the hardware just yet, but we did see that in the trailer that it does use some sort of flash cart for on the go gaming. It also looks like that the mobile / portable portion of the system is less powerful than the home portion, requiring the use of the dock to get increased graphical power. Sort of how laptops can use attachable GPU’s now. 

I really want to know the technical specs of the system, but Nintendo has yet to release those yet. Here’s to hoping that we’ll see those soon as we have so many questions – Will it support 1080p 60fps? 4K support? What sort of Wifi will it use? Bluetooth? Oh man, so many questions and I wasn’t even that hype about this until now. Way to go, Nintendo!

It’s definitely an exciting time to be a Nintendo fan.. scratch that, it’s an exciting time to be a gamer! Stay tuned with the Outerhaven as we continue to follow the launch of the Nintendo Switch.


Full press release below:

In an introductory video released today (, Nintendo provided the first glimpse of its new home gaming system and revealed that it is called Nintendo Switch. In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.

At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. It brings the full home gaming system experience with you to the park, on an airplane, in a car, or to a friend’s apartment.

Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.

“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”