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Let's unbox the Nintendo Switch and some of its accessories

Think the new Nintendo Switch, a $299 hybrid console out March 3, is about the same size as the Wii U GamePad? Think again...

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Here it is from the other side, and face up, the Switch is easily just half as thin.

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The only downside is losing a little height on the sticks.

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Again proving that thin is in.

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In portable mode, the Switch isn't too far off a Game Boy turned 90 degrees.

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Again, it's much thinner than the best 1989 had to offer in handhelds.

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But how about some newer gadgets? He's the Switch next to a full-size iPad and iPhone.

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And here's the rival PlayStation Vita comparison.

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Here's the Switch in front of the handheld Nintendo family. (Left to right) DS Lite, Game Boy Advance SP, 3DS XL.

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Next to the 3DS XL, it's easy to see the same design aesthetic.

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It's a bit beefier than most handhelds, but will you still carry yours around?

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Both devices use Nvidia Tegra chips, but guess which one wins on sleekness? (Hint: Not the Nvidia Shield.)

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Docked, it'll take up less shelf space than the Wii. And it'll sit at a less jaunty angle, but you might not be as happy about that.

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The Switch's Joy-Con controllers sandwiched between the Wii nunchucks. They look so wee.

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The Switch's cartridges are even smaller than the ones for the Nintendo DS.

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Three generations of Nintendo home consoles. The company sure does love to play around with design.

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Nintendo's controllers have come a long way! Here are the Joy-Cons next to NES, SNES, N64, GameCube and Wii options.

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And here's a comparison with the Joy-Cons plugged into the Joy-Con Grip.

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The Joy-Con Grip looks amazingly similar in size to the GameCube controller, which may be the best controller Nintendo's ever designed.

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Press two Joy-Cons together, and they're roughly the size of a classic NES pad.

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Throw it back to the Game Boy, and you can see how far we've come. They're all barely bigger than the 1989 handheld.

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Here it is with the NES Classic. Honestly don't know which of the two is harder to come by.

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Want more pictures of the Nintendo Switch? Click here.

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We got our hands on the Nintendo Switch and some accessories. Here's what's in the box.

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