Nintendo Switch

hybrid video game console developed by Nintendo

The Nintendo Switch (originally called NX in development) is a video game console created by Nintendo. It is the successor of the Wii U and was first released on March 3, 2017.[1]

Nintendo Switch
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TypeHybrid video game console
GenerationEighth generation
MediaNintendo Switch Game Card, download
Controller inputJoy-Con, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
Online servicesNintendo Switch Online, Nintendo eShop
No Compatibility
PredecessorWii U
Nintendo 3DS
A Nintendo Switch (bottom left) next to two gray Joy-Con in the Joy-Con grip (bottom right) and the Nintendo Switch dock (top). The Joy-Con can be separated from the console, as shown here.

The Switch is a hybrid console, which means that the player can either connect it to a television or use it by itself as a handheld gaming device. It uses controllers called Joy-Con(s), which attach to both sides of the console when it is in handheld mode. They are attached to a grip when in television mode. The user plays the games by using the Joy-Con. The Joy-Con also have HD Rumble. There is an infrared sensor on the bottom of the right Joy-Con that acts like the sensors in the Nintendo Wii. The Nintendo Switch received critical acclaim.

There are more than 1000 games that work on the Nintendo Switch, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Just Dance 2017, Super Mario Odyssey, Kirby Star Allies, and Pokémon Sword and Shield.


The Switch became the fastest-selling console, outselling the Wii U in only nine months.[2] In May 2020, it was announced that the Nintendo Switch had sold over 55 million consoles since its release.[3] As of November 2020, the Switch is the second best-selling Nintendo home console, only behind the Wii, with over 66 million consoles sold.[4] On 6 May 2021, Nintendo Switch sold more units than Nintendo 3DS, with 84.59 million units.[5] However, a thing that can happen with the Joy-Con is something called drift; one of the main causes of it is dirt getting inside.


The Nintendo Switch has several accessories. Nintendo Labo is a cardboard set of accessories for the Switch. Ring Fit Adventure includes a circular piece of rubber called a Ring-Con, and a leg strap. Similar to the Wii, the Switch also has a wheel shaped holder for the Joy-Con.

Nintendo Switch LiteEdit

Nintendo Switch Lite running Wikipedia.

A new version called the Nintendo Switch Lite was released on September 20, 2019.[6] It costs less and is smaller than a normal Nintendo Switch, but can not connect to a television like the normal Nintendo Switch and does not have detachable Joy-Con. Some games require an additional Joy-Con to play them.

OLED modelEdit

A Switch model that has a 7 inch OLED display, improved speakers, a larger and more adjustable stand, 64 GB of internal storage and a dock that includes a LAN cable port was announced by Nintendo on July 6, 2021.[7] It was released on October 8, 2021 with a price $349.99 (£309.99).[7][8]


The LCD model of Nintendo Switch has an 1.02 GHz quad-core CPU, 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of flash storage. The OLED model has same CPU and amount of RAM, but with 64 GB of storage.[8]


  1. Webster, Andrew (2017-01-12). "The Nintendo Switch will launch on March 3rd for $299". The Verge. Retrieved 2021-07-11.
  2. Byford, Sam (January 31, 2018). "The Nintendo Switch has already outsold the Wii U". The Verge. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  3. Barbosa, Alessandro (7 May 2020). "Nintendo Switch Reaches Over 55 Million Consoles Sold". GameSpot. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  4. "Consolidated Financial Heights" (PDF). Nintendo. February 1, 2021.
  5. "Nintendo Switch hits 84.59 million units sold, with 28.8 million sold this past year". VentureBeat. 2021-05-06. Retrieved 2021-07-11.
  6. "The Nintendo Switch family grows with today's launch of Nintendo Switch Lite". Nintendo. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 McWhertor, Michael (2021-07-06). "Nintendo announces new Nintendo Switch model with 7-inch OLED screen". Polygon. Retrieved 2021-07-06.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Martin, Chris. "Switch vs OLED model - we compare Nintendo's main consoles to help you choose". Tech Advisor. Retrieved 2021-07-11.