Nintendo confirmed Thursday it will launch its Switch video game console worldwide on March 3.
The console, which is a combination of a home and portable device, will cost $299.99 in the U.S.
Players attach the tablet-like device to a dock to play at home on a television with standard video game controllers. Players can also remove the tablet, with a 6.2-inch screen, using a pair of “Joy-con” controllers on each side to play games while away from home.
“Nintendo Switch is a brand-new kind of home gaming system that offers a wide variety of play modes,” said Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima in a statement.
The Switch will have three game modes: A TV Mode where users plug Switch into the TV via docking station and play with a standard controller; a Tabletop Mode where the Switch sits up with a kickstand, and players hold both “Joy-con” controllers separately; and Handheld Mode, where players attach the Joy-con controllers to each side and play games on the go. The controllers will also support motion-based controls, similar to Nintendo’s hit console, the Wii.
Out of the box, the Switch will include the console, left and right controllers, wrist straps, a grip to mimic a traditional video game controller, a dock, HDMI cable and AC adapter.
Nintendo says battery life for the Switch will range between 2.5 to 6.5 hours.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Brett Molina