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The Nintendo Switch is the first ever hybrid 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. In 2019, Nintendo announced the "Lite" model of the console which was released on 20 September 2019. In 2021, Nintendo announced an "OLED" model, which was released on 8 October 2021.

Overview

Development

The Nintendo Switch began development in 2013[10] 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,[11] the Nintendo Switch was stated to not be "the successor to the Wii U nor to the Nintendo 3DS",[12] 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 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 to the system itself, or inserted into the Joy-Con Grip, where they can serve as a traditional controller.

Sonic games

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Sonic Mania
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Sonic Forces
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Sonic Forces: Bonus Edition
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2 Hits Pack: Sonic Forces / Puyo Puyo Tetris
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Sonic Mania Plus
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Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog
(Digital only)
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Sonic Forces & Sonic Mania Plus Double Pack
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Sega Genesis Classics
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Team Sonic Racing
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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
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Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(Digital only)
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Sonic Mania + Team Sonic Racing Double Pack
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Sonic Colors: Ultimate
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Team Sonic Racing: 30th Anniversary Edition
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(Sega Genesis - Nintendo Switch Online)
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Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
(Sega Genesis - Nintendo Switch Online)
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Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball
(Sega Genesis - Nintendo Switch Online)
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Sonic Origins
(Digital only)
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Sonic Frontiers

Accessories

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Wired Fight Pad Pro - Sonic
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Case by Numskull Designs
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Split Pad Pro by HORI
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Wireless HORIPAD Pro Controller by HORI


Trivia

  • The Nintendo Switch was the first home console to store physical games on cartridges as the main format in 20 years; the last cartridge-based home console before it was the Nintendo 64, released in 1996.
  • The Nintendo Switch is Nintendo's first region-free home console, and their first fully region-free system since the Nintendo DS, released in 2004.
  • The phrase "THANKS2 ALLGAMEFANS!" can be found written on the Pro Controller's motherboard, just above the button for the right analog stick. The message is viewable by holding down the right analog stick and peering through the transparent plastic in the surrounding socket.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nintendo reveals Switch price and date. BBC News (13 January 2017). Retrieved on 4 October 2018.
  2. Graft, Kris (12 January 2017). Nintendo Switch official launch price, release date announced. Gamasutra. Retrieved on 4 October 2018.
  3. Nintendo Switch Console with Neon Red/Blue Joy-Con. Best Buy. Retrieved on 26 February 2022.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Vjestica, Adam (2 December 2021). Nintendo Switch OLED review. Tech Radar. Retrieved on 26 February 2022.
  5. Dwi Prihadi, Susetyo (4 March 2017). Nintendo Switch Masuk ke Indonesia Dipatok Mulai Rp 6 Juta (Bahasa Indonesia). CNN Indonesia. Retrieved on 4 October 2018.
  6. Nintendo Switch Lite - Turquoise. Best Buy. Retrieved on 26 February 2022.
  7. Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) Console - Neon Red/Blue. Best Buy. Retrieved on 26 February 2022.
  8. Reynolds, Ollie (10 May 2022). Nintendo Switch Has Now Sold Over 107 Million Units. Nintendo Life. Retrieved on 31 May 2022.
  9. Porter, Jon (24 November 2017). Nintendo Switch Battery Life Tested: How long will it last?. TechRadar. Retrieved on 6 March 2018.
  10. ; Amano, Takashi 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"
  11. First Look at Nintendo Switch. Nintendo (20 October 2016). Retrieved on 20 September 2017.
  12. 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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