The Nintendo Switch is a "hybrid" console. This means that the console can be inserted into a docking station, which will be connected to a television, then be removed from the docking station to be used as a handheld gaming device or it can be placed in a tabletop mode. It uses controllers called Joy-Cons that attach to both sides of the console when in handheld mode, or can be attached to a grip when in docked television mode. There are buttons on the Joy-Cons that are used to control the system. Inside the Joy-Cons there are many features such as HD rumble, which is an advanced vibration feature. There is also an infrared sensor on the bottom of the right Joy-Con which can be used in a way similar to the Nintendo Wii's sensors.
The Nintendo Switch was first seen in 2014 when Nintendo said that they were working on a new console after the failure of the Wii U, at this time the switch was known as the NX. On October 20, 2016 Nintendo showed off a trailer for their new console where they said the NX would be called the Nintendo Switch and also showed off the fact that it was a "hybrid" system.