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Nintendo confirmed on Thursday that he will launch his Switch video game console worldwide on March 3.

The console, which is a combination of a home and a portable device, will cost 299 , $ 99 in the United States

Players attach the tablet device to a dock to play at home on a TV with 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 away from home.

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"Nintendo Switch is a whole new genre," said Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima in a statement.

The Switch will feature three game modes: A TV mode where users can connect to the TV via a docking station and play with a standard controller, a Tabletop mode where the switch is with a kickstand, and players hold the two controllers "Joy-con" separately, and the Handheld mode, where players attach Joy-con controllers on either side and play games Controllers will also support motion-based controls, similar to the Nintendo console, the Wii.

Out of the box, the switch will include the console, the left and right controllers, the wristbands, a handle to mimic a traditional video game controller, a dock, an HDMI cable, and a C Adapter.

Nintendo says that the service life Battery Switch will vary Switch will be the beginning of a Nintendo online service similar to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, where users can opt for a subscription to take advantage of features such as online gaming. The Switch service will also include the free download of a Nintendo Entertainment System game or Super Nintendo Entertainment System for a month. A free trial period will begin in March before being launched in the fall.

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Nintendo will present games exploiting the movement and sensory capabilities of controllers, including a compilation called 1-2 Switch, which includes a variety of mini-games including a western-style shootout, a sequel to the Action shooter Splatoon and the boxing game weapons .

Nintendo revealed the next adventure for Mario, called Super Mario Odyssey . The game will feature an open world environment, so players can complete and explore the game in the order that they choose. Nintendo says that they have more than 80 games in development for the Switch, including support for third-party publishers.

A scene from & # 39; Super Mario Odyssey & # 39; (Photo: Nintendo)

Nintendo also confirmed its long-awaited role, The legend of Zelda: the

The launch of Switch is important for Nintendo, as it seeks to recover from the poor sales of its latest home appliance, the Wii U. will be launched with Switch on March 3.

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Featuring a tablet-like controller, Wii U has never captured consumer interest, lagging behind new devices like the Microsoft Xbox One and the Sony PlayStation 4. To date , Nintendo has sold more than 13 million Wii U consoles.

A key benefit e for Nintendo is a multi-generation software library, with a range of franchises, including Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong. "There are many parents aged 40 to 60 who have grown up playing Nintendo games," said P.J. McNealy, an analyst at Digital World Research. "A tradition shared by many ages 15 to 39 includes too."

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