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Nintendo Switch

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The Nintendo Switch[lower-alpha 13] is a video game console developed by Nintendo and released worldwide in most regions on March 3, 2017. Released in the middle of the eighth generation of home consoles, the Switch succeeded the Wii U and competes with Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4; it has also competed with the ninth-generation consoles, Microsoft's Xbox Series X/S and Sony's PlayStation 5.

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Nintendo Switch
The logo for the Nintendo Switch console, consisting of two very stylized Joy-Con controllers accompanied by the text "NINTENDO SWITCH" below.
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  • Nintendo-Switch-wJoyCons-BlRd-Standing-FL.jpg
  • Top: A Nintendo Switch in "TV mode", with the Joy-Con attached to a grip and the main unit docked
  • Bottom: A Nintendo Switch in "Handheld mode", with the Joy-Con attached to the sides of the console
Also known as
  • NX
  • HAC (Nintendo code names)
  • Odin (Nvidia code name)
DeveloperNintendo PTD
Product familyNintendo Switch
TypeVideo game console
GenerationEighth / Ninth[lower-alpha 1]
Release date
    • WW: March 3, 2017
    • CHN: December 10, 2019
  • Other models
    • Lite
    • September 20, 2019 (2019-09-20)
    • OLED model
    • October 8, 2021 (2021-10-08)
Availability2017 (2017)–present
Lifespan2017 (2017)–present
Introductory price
  • US$299.99
  • ¥29,980
  • £279.99
  • 329.99
  • Other models
    • Lite
    • US$199.99
    • ¥19,980
    • £199.99
    • €229.99
    • OLED model
    • US$349.99
    • ¥37,980
    • £309.99
    • €349.99
Units shipped 132.46 million (as of September 30, 2023)[lower-alpha 2]
Operating systemNintendo Switch system software
System on a chipNvidia Tegra X1[lower-alpha 3]/Tegra X1+[lower-alpha 4]
CPUARM 4 Cortex-A57 cores @ 1.02 GHz[lower-alpha 5][lower-alpha 6]
Memory4 GB LPDDR4 @ 1331/1600 MHz
Storage32 GB[lower-alpha 7]/64 GB[lower-alpha 8] eMMC
Removable storagemicroSD/HC/XC (up to 2 TB)
Graphics256 Maxwell-based CUDA cores
  • Undocked: 307 MHz, 236 GFLOPS
  • Docked: 768 MHz, 393 GFLOPS
[lower-alpha 9][lower-alpha 10]
InputVolume +/−, power buttons
Controller input
CameraAmbient light sensor
TouchpadMulti-touch capacitive
Current firmware17.0.0, as of October 10, 2023; 53 days ago (2023-10-10)
Online services
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Width: 173 mm (6.8 in)
  • Height: 102 mm (4.0 in)
  • Depth: 14 mm (0.55 in)
  • With Joy-Con attached
    • Width: 238 mm (9.4 in)
    • Height: 102 mm (4.0 in)
    • Depth: 14 mm (0.55 in)[lower-alpha 12]
  • Nintendo Switch Lite
  • Width: 208 mm (8.2 in)
  • Height: 91 mm (3.6 in)
  • Depth: 14 mm (0.55 in)
  • Nintendo Switch OLED
  • Width: 176 mm (6.9 in)
  • Height: 102 mm (4.0 in)
  • Depth: 14 mm (0.55 in)
  • With Joy-Con attached
    • Width: 242 mm (9.5 in)
    • Height: 102 mm (4.0 in)
    • Depth: 14 mm (0.55 in)[lower-alpha 12]
  • Nintendo Switch
  • 297 g (10.5 oz)
  • With Joy-Con attached
    • 398 g (14.0 oz)
  • Nintendo Switch Lite
  • 277 g (9.8 oz)
  • Nintendo Switch OLED
  • 319 g (11.3 oz)
  • With Joy-Con attached
    • 420 g (15 oz)
Best-selling gameMario Kart 8 Deluxe (57.01 million, as of September 30, 2023)
PredecessorWii U
RelatedNintendo Switch Lite

The Switch is a tablet that can either be docked for home console use or used as a portable device, making it a hybrid console. Its wireless Joy-Con controllers, with standard buttons and directional analog sticks for user input, motion sensing, and tactile feedback, can attach to both sides of the console to support handheld-style play. They can also connect to a grip accessory to provide a traditional home console gamepad form, or be used individually in the hand like the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, supporting local multiplayer modes. The Switch's software supports online gaming through internet connectivity, as well as local wireless ad hoc connectivity with other consoles. Switch games and software are available on both physical flash-based ROM cartridges and digital distribution via Nintendo eShop; the system has no region lockout.[lower-alpha 14] Two hardware revisions have been released: the handheld-only Switch Lite, released on September 20, 2019; and a higher-end version featuring an OLED screen, released on October 8, 2021.

The Switch was unveiled on October 20, 2016. Known in development by its codename NX, the concept came about as Nintendo's reaction to several quarters of financial losses into 2014, attributed to poor sales of the Wii U and market competition from mobile games. Nintendo's then-president Satoru Iwata pushed the company towards mobile gaming and novel hardware. The Switch's design was aimed at a wide demographic of players through multiple modes of use. Nintendo opted to use standard electronic components, such as a chipset based on Nvidia's Tegra line, to make development for the console easier for programmers and more compatible with existing game engines. As the Wii U had struggled to gain external support, leaving it with a weak software library, Nintendo preemptively sought the support of many third-party developers and publishers to help build the Switch's game library alongside its first-party games, including many independent video game studios. While Nintendo initially anticipated around 100 games for its first year, over 320 from first-party, third-party, and independent developers were released by the end of 2017.

As of September 2023, the Nintendo Switch has sold over 132 million units worldwide, making it Nintendo's best-selling home console[lower-alpha 15] and the third-best-selling game console of all time, behind the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS. Switch sales have been strongly tied to sales of Nintendo's first-party games, with seven having sold over twenty million copies each: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pokémon Sword and Shield, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

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