Nintendo Switch Joy-Con and gamepad controller details revealed at livestream event
Nintendo just revealed the new Switch — and its release date, March 3, 2017. The console-handheld hybrid is largely defined by its Joy-Con controllers and their ability to function as home and mobile input devices. We haven't known much about them past the marketing, however, before today.
Nintendo Switch Joy-Con details: Introducing the control pad of the future
Nintendo has finally given the world its first, good look at the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con control pad during a livestream event broadcast from Japan. Announced during Nintendo's livestream, the Switch Joy-Con controllers can be purchased in gray, orange and blue colors.
The Joy-Con will allow traditional gaming with the buttons on each controller. But the included motion control will allow Nintendo players to enjoy a more Wii-like experience. New original games like Arms (coming spring 2017) will make use of motion detection.
The Joy-Con controller will be integral for games like 1-2 Switch, a collection of mini-games playable on Switch. 1-2 Switch will launch alongside the console on March 3, 2017.
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More Nintendo Switch news and updates
For more info on what Nintendo revealed during its livestream, here's where you can get details on the Nintendo Switch price, release date, pre-orders, online services and battery life. If you're interested in the Nintendo Switch's games, here's info on the new Super Mario Odyssey game, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 2, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, 1-2-Switch and the goofy boxing game Arms.