Nintendo Switch Release Date, News & Update: Nintendo & Nvidia Set To Reveal Console Specifications & Features; Launch Date for 3DS Replacement

By Kaye Reese , Updated Oct 27, 2016 10:28 AM EDT

Nintendo Switch has been making a buzz lately as the company's latest brainchild. So, it comes as no surprise that Nintendo would want to ride the rising momentum as early as now. Nintendo announced that on Jan. 12, 2017, the company will launch the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 to further reveal details about the hotly anticipated Nintendo Switch console.

Luckily, for avid fans, there's no need to wait as long as next year to discover the capabilities of the upcoming Nintendo Switch. Here's everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch console--from prices, specifications, features, release dates, and more.

What is the Nintendo Switch

Before all this, it's important to understand what the Nintendo Switch purports to do. A hybrid tablet with two controller modules that work for home use as well as portable play, the Nintendo Switch is a complex piece of hardware that, if successful, will revolutionize the way gamers play their video games, according to Gamespot.

In a three-minute video released by Nintendo, it seems as if the Switch is able to connect to a TV via a "Nintendo Switch Dock," and immediately becomes portable the moment players take it out of the dock. Meanwhile, it has two detachable controllers called the Joy-Con controllers, which are attached to either side of the Nintendo Switch.

Specs and features

Nintendo has yet to announce full specifications for the Nintendo Switch, although it will be using a Tegra processor and GeForce gaming graphics cards. According to a Nvidia blog post, the new Nintendo Switch also packs with the new gaming API, NVN, to bring "lightweight, fast" gaming to the masses. So far, the Switch also seems compatible with a number of games, like Skyrim, NBA 2K, The Legend of Zelda, and Mario Kart.

Price and release dates

According to Nintendo, the new Nintendo Switch 2017 is expected to launch on March 2017. It will be shipping 2 million units during the launch, and said that the consoles would come on the cheap--or at least, as affordable as one can expect from this technology. Stay tuned for more Nintendo Switch news. 

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