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The Nintendo Switch is the seventh major home video game console developed by Nintendo. Known in development by its codename NX, it was unveiled in October 2016 and was released worldwide on March 3, 2017. Nintendo considers the Switch a "hybrid" console; it is designed primarily as a home console, with the main unit inserted onto a docking station to connect to a television. Alternatively, it can be removed from the dock and used similarly to a tablet computer through its LCD touchscreen, or placed in a standalone tabletop mode visible to several players. The Switch uses Joy-Con wireless controllers, which include standard buttons and a directional joystick for user input, motion sensing, and high-definition tactile feedback. The Joy-Con can attach to both sides of the console to support handheld-style play, connect to a Grip accessory to provide a traditional home console gamepad form, or be used individually in the hand like the Wii Remote, supporting local multiplayer modes. The Switch's software supports online gaming through standard Internet connectivity, as well as local wireless ad hoc connectivity with other Switch consoles. Switch games and software are available on both physical flash ROM cartridges and digital distribution, and does not use region locking. As of 2017, Switch competes on the electronic gaming market with the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One.
The Joy‑Con™ is either one controller or two, vertical or sideways, motion controls or buttons. Joy‑Con can be docked or undocked from the Nintendo Switch device to give total gameplay flexibility, by using the included Joy‑Con grip to combine both Joy‑Con into a traditional-style controller. Depending on the game, a single Joy‑Con may be used in each hand—or even giving the second one to a second player.
- The Switch allows Players to link their Switch to traditional TV screen gameplay by docking the Nintendo Switch to enjoy HD gaming on TV.
- Handheld mode allows players to disconnect from the TV screen and take gameplay to use whilst mobile to play anywhere to seamlessly transition into handheld mode.
- Or Tabletop mode can be used by flipping the stand to share the screen, then share the fun with a multiplayer game.
Multiplayer games for Nintendo Switch use additional Joy‑Con controllers, Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers, or a combo of the two.
- Compete against friends (or team up) at home.
- Play online with other Nintendo Switch gamers.
Link up to eight systems together to play anywhere.
- Additional Joy‑Con or Nintendo Switch Pro controllers required for multiplayer modes; sold separately. Multiplayer features vary by game; see individual games for details.
Built-in amiibo™ support allows the accessories to enjoy fun in-game extras in compatible games on Nintendo Switch. Simply tap an amiibo to the NFC touchpoint on the right Joy-Con controller or the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.
System battery life can last for more than six hours, but will vary depending on the software and usage conditions. For example, The Legend of Zelda™: Breath of the Wild can be played for roughly 3 hours on a single charge.
The Switch features 32GB of internal memory, a portion of which is reserved for use by the system. Users can easily expand storage space using microSDHC or microSDXC cards.
The Screen is a 6.2-inch, multi-touch capacitive touch screen; can display a resolution of 1280 x 720.
Star Fox media
In late October 2018, Starlink: Battle for Atlas was released on the Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Unique to the Switch version however, is the cross over of Star Fox characters and vehicles. DLC later added more features, including the appearance from Wolf's traditional trio teammates.
Following in "Smash" tradition, the Star Fox series was included in the lineup of playable characters, stages and extras. Fox retains his status as a default playable character, with Falco returning as an unlockable and even Wolf returned as an unlockable, after missing out on the Wii U and 3DS games.
As part of the Nintendo Switch Online library, the original 1993 "Star Fox" was released and the direct sequel "Star Fox 2" was also included later.
In December 2019, Emily Rogers claimed that Nintendo had created some demos for Star Fox, though they may never turn into a full game, but that Miyamoto won’t let go the IP alongside Pikmin.