Nintendo Switch

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The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid console produced and released by Nintendo. It is a tablet with detachable controller units, known collectively or singularly as Joy-Con and can be played on a television using HDMI via a charging dock included with the console. It is the first Nintendo console with a multi-touch screen, a capture button and an Nvidia hardware architecture. It also features a kick-stand that allows the console to sit upright on any flat surface. It was officially revealed on October 20, 2016 and released on March 3, 2017 globally in most markets.[1]

The Nintendo Switch was originally announced on March 17, 2015, where it was originally known by its codename NX.[2]

On July 17, 2019, a revision of the Switch was announced. It features a longer battery life and better chip. It was made available for purchase in August in North America and Japan, and September in Europe.

On July 10, 2019, a version of the Switch more suited for handheld gameplay was announced. Titled the Nintendo Switch Lite, it features a smaller display, non-detachable Joy-Cons, and a traditional directional pad. It is exclusively for handheld play, and cannot be connected to the Nintendo Switch dock. It was marketed as a smaller, more affordable alternative to the Switch.

On July 6, 2021, a version of the Switch, titled the Nintendo Switch (OLED model), was announced. It features a larger, OLED display, a brand new dock with a built-in LAN port, increased storage capacity, enhanced audio, and a new adjustable stand for tabletop mode. It was marketed as a more premium alternative to the Switch.

The Legend of Zelda Games

The following games can be purchased as physical Nintendo Switch game cards or digitally from the Nintendo eShop.




Nintendo Switch Online

The following games are available via their corresponding Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy Nintendo Switch Online apps, which are available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.

Special save data versions of two of the games are also available. These versions of the games start the player with additional equipment, stats, etc.

Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Advance Nintendo Switch Online titles are only available to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscribers.[3][4]


The following games feature notable elements from The Legend of Zelda series.

The Legend of Zelda Icons

Nintendo Switch users can select among 18 total The Legend of Zelda-themed Profile Icons.


Video Gallery

Nintendo Switch trailer
Nintendo Switch UK Commercial
Nintendo Switch Super Bowl LI Commercial


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Tatsumi Kimishima, Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 , YouTube, published January 12, 2017, retrieved January 12, 2017.
  2. "As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename "NX." It is too early to elaborate on the details of this project, but we hope to share more information with you next year." — Satoru Iwata, March 17, Wed. 2015 Presentation Title , Nintendo Japan's official site, published March 17, 2015, retrieved April 27, 2016.
  3. "Level up with a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership! Get access to even more benefits, with a library of Nintendo 64™ games"A new Nintendo Switch Online membership plan with expanded benefits is coming (web archive),, published September 23, 2021, retrieved February 7, 2023.
  4. "With a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership, access a collection of classic and colorful Game Boy™ Advance games to play anytime, anywhere!"Get a taste of old-school portable power with Game Boy – Nintendo Switch Online (web archive),, published February 8, 2023, retrieved February 9, 2023.