The Nintendo Switch is a video game console produced by Nintendo, succeeding the Wii U. This is the first hybrid console to go on sale5, which can be used as both a home console and a portable console. Announced on March 17, 2015 during a press conference, officially presented on October 20, 2016 and shown in more detail on January 17, 2017 during a live presentation, it was released worldwide on March 3, 2017
The console was announced as Nintendo NX by Satoru Iwata on March 17, 2015 at a press conference announcing a partnership between Nintendo and DeNA6.7. According to Satoru Iwata, this is a new console that will not be a simple replacement for the Wii U8, but will be a home console9, the firm also considering a rezoning of the machine10.
In early June 2015, a rumor first appeared in the business magazine Nikkei, claims that this new console will rely on the Android operating system in order to attract more developers11,12, but it is quickly denied, the satoru Iwata13,14.
The console, then known as the Nintendo NX code, was reportedly presented to third-party developers at E3 201515.
Before Nintendo’s announcement, there was a rumor in the trade press that AMD — which has previously worked with the Japanese firm on the design of the Wii U16 — could supply the processor for the Nintendo NX. The rumor was based on a phrase by Lisa Su, the company’s chief executive officer, who referred to “a third semi-custom chip contract capable of generating billions.”
In early October 2015, Nintendo began issuing development kits to some developers. The price of the development kit for this console is $416, which is significantly less than for the PlayStation 4, priced at $2,500. According to these, the console would be “hybrid” and would have a “mablette” (controller and tablet contraction) capable of operating without the console18.
In April 2016, Nintendo announced the release of the console for March 2017, as well as the release of the game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on this console, in addition to the Wii U19.20 version. According to Gameblog, the console should have been released in November 2016, as internal nintendo discrepancies supposedly led to a postponement21.
On September 20, 2016, The Pokémon Company President Tsunekazu Ishihara announced that Nintendo is trying to redefine the concept of a home console and a portable console22.
A video presentation broadcast on October 20, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. UTC-223 announces the first concrete details about the console, as “a taste of the information that will be revealed later.” This video confirms the modularity of the home console, which can be converted into a portable console, the presence of detachable game controllers, and also reveals the official name, Nintendo Switch25.
On October 27, 2016, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima announced that a video presentation scheduled for January 13, 2017 will reveal many details about the console, including the exact release date and games in development26. On December 13, 2016, Nintendo said the broadcast will take place at 5:00 CET27.
During this live presentation in Tokyo, Nintendo formalizes the release date for March 3, 2017, and the price of the console of 29,980 yen in Japan and $299.99 in North America, without announcing a set price for Europe28. The Japanese website Fomalhaut Techno Solutions estimates that the cost of producing the console at the time of its release is $25729. A few hours after this presentation, Nintendo organizes a Nintendo Treehouse dedicated to the presentation of future games of the console.
In 2018, hackers manage to turn the Nintendo Switch into a Linux30 tablet. Recent updates were aimed at improving the security of the system, but one of the latest versions, the 7.0.0, lasted only 4 hours before hackers managed to hack it in turn31.
On July 17, 2019, Nintendo announced a revision of The original SWITCH HAC-001 model released in 201732. This new model, called HAC-001-01, has better autonomy and new packaging. It is then possible to play between 4.5 and 9 o’clock with this new model against between 2.5 and 6.5 hours for the old33. It will be gradually marketed from August 2019 in the United States and September 2019 in Europe.