The main console is the tablet-like device. The Switch console features a 6.2 inch capacitive multi-touch screen. The Switch Dock features the HDMI connection to the television and the charge cradle for the actual console. The Nintendo Switch is not compatible with the Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS. The Nintendo Switch uses media cards like the Nintendo 3DS.
The Nintendo Switch features detachable controllers called the Joy-Cons. Gray, Neon Blue, and Neon Red Joy-Cons will be available at launch. The Joy-Cons can be used as a single controller or used together. There is a capture button on the left Joy-Con. This can be used to capture a screenshot and shared on social media. In the future, video will also be able to be captured. Each Joy-Con features a gyroscope and accelerometer. Each Joy-Con also features HD Rumble. The right Joy-Con features an IR Motion Camera which can detect distance, motion, and size of nearby objects. Also on the right Joy-Con is the amiibo reader for the console. The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller will also function with amiibo. Each Joy-Con can be charged while docked with the Switch or charged using a Nintendo Switch charging grip accessory. Each Joy-Con will last approximately 20 hours.
The Nintendo Switch connects to the internet using a wireless 802.11 AC card. This provides the fastest possible connection to the internet. The USB ports on the dock can also be used to connect to the internet using a USB LAN adapter. The USB ports can also be used to charge the Switch Pro Controller or the Joy-Cons while docked to the Joy-Con charging grip.
Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as a launch title. Nintendo also released Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey in 2017.
The console retails for $299.99 in the United States and $399.99 (CAD) in Canada. Various price points exist throughout Europe.
For more technical specifications on the Nintendo Switch, visit the Specifications Page.