The Nintendo Switch will let you take your favourite games wherever you go 4 years ago

The Nintendo Switch will let you take your favourite games wherever you go

Nintendo love to buck a trend.

Everyone in gaming looks left, they look right.

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Nintendo announce this, the Nintendo Switch. 

So the big N has done away with the NX codename that they'd been using up until today, but otherwise the Switch is the console/handheld hybrid that the internet had already told us it was going to be, and as predicted, it will return to cartridge-based media.

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The Switch can be plugged into your telly as normal, where you can happily while away the hours playing Zelda and Mario. But the real USP of the machine is that you can attach the two mini controllers to a tablet and take it on the go.

The portable set-up allows you to either play with the screen in your hands, or you can prop it up on a table and remove the side controllers.

It sounds a bit finicky, but in fact the trailer immediately demonstrates exactly what this console is for and how you're going to use it, a simple message Nintendo failed to deliver when showing off the Wii U for the first time. You can play the Switch on your sofa, in the park and on the toilet; it's a one-stop shop for all your Nintendo needs.

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There's an argument to be had that the legendary Japanese company has lost its way a bit in recent years (Pokemon Go success aside), but they still have a fiercely loyal fanbase who are always yearning for the creativity and sheer fun factor that only Mario and co. can provide.

And a quick glance at social media will tell you that the fans don't feel let down.

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There's no word on price yet, but the Nintendo Switch is due to launch in March 2017.

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