Nintendo unveils new hybrid console NX in push for portable gaming

Nintendo showed gamers using console NX to play in their living rooms, but also detaching a part of it to continue playing at an airport, in a car and at a barbecue


Until now, Nintendo hadn’t disclosed much information for the new product, apart from its code-name NX and that it would go on sale in March. Photo: Reuters
Until now, Nintendo hadn’t disclosed much information for the new product, apart from its code-name NX and that it would go on sale in March. Photo: Reuters

Tokyo: Nintendo Co. unveiled its long-awaited new gaming platform, the Switch, featuring a tablet-like console that will allow gamers to play at home and on the go.

In a three-minute video released on Thursday, the Kyoto, Japan-based company showed gamers using the new system to play in their living rooms, but also detaching a part of it to continue playing at an airport, in a car and at a barbecue. It showed several titles, include Super Mario, Mario Kart and a basketball game.

Until now, Nintendo hadn’t disclosed much information for the new product, apart from its code-name NX and that it would go on sale in March, a point that was reiterated in the video. A price wasn’t disclosed.

Nintendo’s American depositary receipts in New York added 2.8% after the video was aired. Shares in Tokyo rose 3.3%, adding more than $1 billion in market value in their biggest rally in a month, after Nintendo flagged the video’s release.

Nintendo began teasing fans about the arrival of a new machine in March of 2015. President Tatsumi Kimishima said in April that “it will allow for a whole new way to experience hardware and software together.” In recent months, online forums have been abuzz with speculation about whether the system would be a console with detachable controllers, or whether it might use cartridges instead of DVDs.

The new hardware promises to let users seamlessly switch from playing at home and on the road. The portable part comes with its own screen and two detachable controllers, allowing two people to play. Bloomberg

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