First off, Emily Rogers was right.
Now then, it’s a custom Nvidia Tegra powered hybrid system. The main component, the tablet-like screen, has detachable controllers (called Joy-Con controllers) on both sides. When playing on the go you can attach them and play it like a normal portable system. It also has a dock, that you slide the screen part into allowing you to play on your TV.
The detachable controllers can be slid into a separate accessory, which allows them to be used like a standard controller while playing in TV mode.
They can also be used separately, for multiplayer with each person using the left or right controller part, or if you want to just have one in each hand.
But you’re not forced to use that if you don’t want to, as there is also a Switch Pro Controller. Which, like the Wii U Pro Controller, is very similar to the XBox controller.
The system itself has a headphone jack (what a concept, eh Apple?), and uses game cards (another rumor that was proven right.)
On the controllers there are shoulder bumper L/R buttons and what are likely analog triggers (like on PS4/XB1) as well. The usual ABXY layout, + and – buttons, a home button, and what has been said to be a “share” button.
The dock is known to have at least two USB ports, and is also said to have a USB 3.0 port as well, an HDMI out, and of course a power port.
Games shown during the 3 minute reveal trailer included Zelda BotW, a new 3D Mario game, Skyrim Remastered, Splatoon (not known if it’s a new game or a port of the first, but the models appear to be more detailed), Mario Kart (looks like MK8 but with features from Double Dash?), a new Mario game, and an NBA game seemingly made by EA.
Here’s the list of developers from Nintendo PR
Activision Publishing, Inc.
ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co., Ltd.
ATLUS CO., LTD.
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
CAPCOM CO., LTD.
CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.
DeNA Co., Ltd.
Epic Games Inc.
GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC．
Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc.
INTI CREATES CO., LTD.
KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.
Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
Maximum Games, LLC
Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
Parity Bit Inc.
RAD Game Tools, Inc.
RecoChoku Co., Ltd.
SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
Silicon Studio Corporation
Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.
Unity Technologies, Inc.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Web Technology Corp
Bethesda alone is a big deal, as they were quite vocal about what was wrong with the Wii U.
The Switch is officially getting support for UE4, which isn’t a surprise considering it uses an Nvidia chipset.
So, now we wait for the full blowout unveiling which might end up being next year, as Nintendo apparently said they aren’t going to announce more details on games/specs this year. But it shouldn’t be long into 2017 before they go into more details, I’d imagine a January Direct would make sense. More third parties should be able to officially announce support for it now, though maybe not specific games.
The system was again confirmed for launch in March 2017, which will hopefully put the delay rumors to rest for good.
According to multiple sources, who got nearly everything right, the system will also be 100% region-free. Nintendo isn’t commenting on this or details yet though, as said above.
If you haven’t seen the reveal trailer, you can watch it below.
I’ve probably forgotten about 200 little details or got some shit wrong (shocker), but just let me know and I’ll update this post about a month later lol.