The Nintendo Switch, known in development as the Nintendo NX, is a gaming device from Nintendo, released March 3, 2017. An HDTV-dockable portable device, it succeeds both the Nintendo 3DS and the set-top Wii U as of late 2019.
An enhanced eighth-generation device, the Switch is a multimode tablet with an HDTV dock and two Joy-Con controller units that can adapt to any gaming environment. When snapped into the included frame, the Joy-Cons form a gamepad; and when attached to the Switch, they form a handheld. They can also be used independently when the tablet is in a free-standing position.
When docked, the Switch operates as a typical set-top unit, and can output to a television screen via HDMI in full 1080p resolution.
Games for the Switch are distributed on Nintendo Switch cards, a departure from the previous three generations' use of optical storage, as well as via digital distribution with a Nintendo eShop, However, Nintendo will not add a Virtual Console service as it has done with its prior systems, instead offering subscription-based retro gaming using the Switch Online service. Developers, meanwhile, are finding creative ways to bring their older works to the system.
The Switch also possesses 32GB of onboard flash storage for both games and user data, with a microSD slot for expansion up to 2TB.
Two new versions of the device were announced in mid-2019. The "Switch 2.0" promises improved performance thanks to its advanced specs, while the Switch Lite is a dock-free variant aimed at portable gaming.
Final Fantasy titles on Nintendo Switch
|Collection of Mana||June 1, 2017||June 11, 2019||?||83|
|Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD||September 13, 2018||September 13, 2018||September 13, 2018||69|
|World of Final Fantasy Maxima||November 6, 2018||November 6, 2018||November 6, 2018||79|
|Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy!||March 20, 2019||March 20, 2019||March 20, 2019||72|
|Final Fantasy VII||March 26, 2019||March 26, 2019||March 26, 2019||82|
|Final Fantasy VIII Remastered||?||September 3, 2019||September 3, 2019||80|
|Final Fantasy IX||February 14, 2019||February 13, 2019||February 13, 2019||75|
|Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster||April 11, 2019||April 16, 2019||April 16, 2019||85|
|Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age||April 25, 2019||April 30. 2019||April 30, 2019||86|
|Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition||Summer 2020||Summer 2020||Summer 2020||TBD|
- Webster, Andrew: "Maybe the Nintendo Switch doesn't need a Virtual Console after all", The Verge, 30 May 2018