One look at Nintendo Switch and you could almost trace back the DNA of devices that came before it. This new console from Nintendo has two playful new controllers, called JoyCon, attached on each side that echo features of the intuitive (and super successful) Wii remote. The Switch also has a touchscreen, a major feature of the company’s last two portable devices and its current home console, the unsuccessful Wii U. Even though all of these components harken back to the company’s past, Nintendo Switch feels focused on a fun new future.
Where Wii U was complicated and often cumbersome, the Switch is simple to understand the minute you see it. It’s a portable gaming device that can fit into a dock and outputs to your TV. It’s strong enough to run massive, open-world games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and or bring the vibrant race tracks of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to life on the go (and both look great on the system’s small screen).