Nintendo Switch

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A Nintendo Switch (bottom left) next to two gray Joy-Cons in the Joy-Con grip (bottom right) and the Nintendo Switch dock (top). The Joy-Cons can be separated from the console, as shown here.
A Nintendo Switch with both Joy-Con attached.
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The Nintendo Switch (originally called NX in development and also called Switch, N. Switch or just NS) is a video game console created by Nintendo. It was first released on March 3, 2017.

The Switch is a hybrid console, which means that the player can either connect it to a television or use it by itself as a handheld gaming device. It uses controllers called Joy-con, which attach to both sides of the console when it is in handheld mode. They are attached to a grip when in television mode. The user plays the games by using the Joy-Con. The Joy-Con also have a form of rumble, which is called HD Rumble. A bad thing about Joy-Cons is something called Joy-Con drift; one of the main causes of it is dirt. Nintendo may be sued due to this issue. There is an infrared sensor on the bottom of the right Joy-Con that acts like the sensors in the Nintendo Wii. The Nintendo Switch received critical acclaim.

There are more than 1000 games that work on the Nintendo Switch, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Just Dance 2017, Super Mario Odyssey, Kirby Star Allies, and Pokémon Sword and Shield.

The Switch became the fastest-selling console, outselling the Wii U in only nine months.[1] In May 2020, it was announced that the Nintendo Switch had sold over 55 million consoles since its release.[2] As of November 2020, the Switch is the second best-selling Nintendo home console, only behind the Wii, with over 66 million consoles sold.[3]

Accessories[change | change source]

The Nintendo Switch has several accessories. Nintendo Labo is a cardboard set of accessories for the Switch. Ring Fit Adventure includes a circular piece of rubber called a Ring-Con, and a leg strap. Similar to the Wii, the Switch also has a wheel shaped holder for the Joy-Con.

Nintendo Switch Lite[change | change source]

A new version called the Nintendo Switch Lite was released on September 20, 2019.[4] It costs less and is smaller than a normal Nintendo Switch, but can not connect to a television like the normal Nintendo Switch. Some games require additional Joycon to play them.

References[change | change source]

  1. Byford, Sam (January 31, 2018). "The Nintendo Switch has already outsold the Wii U". The Verge. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  2. Barbosa, Alessandro (7 May 2020). "Nintendo Switch Reaches Over 55 Million Consoles Sold". GameSpot. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  3. "Consolidated Financial Heights" (PDF). Nintendo. February 1, 2021.
  4. "The Nintendo Switch family grows with today's launch of Nintendo Switch Lite". Nintendo. Retrieved 20 December 2020.