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We finally got our hands on Nintendo's funky Switch console

It was announced back in October, but we've just now been able to have our first play on a Nintendo Switch.

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Nintendo teased us with a video of its new Switch console back in October and we've finally managed to run our excited hands over it.

It's essentially several gaming devices in one. Hook it up to your TV, and it's a standard living room console. Pull out the tablet part and you can continue playing your game on the go. You can then snap the controllers from the side, stand the screen up on a table, and turn it into a mini console and screen.

It's going on sale globally on 3 March and will cost $300, £280 or AU$470.

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Here it is in its home console form. You'll be able to wirelessly connect a controller and use it with your TV, just like an Xbox.

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The tablet-like part of the Switch sits in this dock in order to connect to your TV.

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This is the Pro controller -- an optional extra, and there's no price yet.

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The two controllers -- named Joy-Cons -- snap off the tablet-part and connect together to form this controller. It'll be wireless in the final version.

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Here's the Switch in its tablet form.

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It's comfortable to hold and the 6.2-inch screen is bright and bold.

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In this form, you can take the Switch anywhere you like -- the plane, the toilet, the bus -- and carry on playing your console games. Nintendo reckons the Switch will get up to six hours of battery life, but this depends on how demanding the game is.

The new Zelda game, for example, will only get three hours.

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The Joy-Con controllers (stupid name) have buttons and joysticks.

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When you take the controllers off, you can use them as motion controllers like you could with the Nintendo Wii.

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They're small, but comfortable to hold.

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A variety of games will take advantage of the motion controllers, so expect to see bowling and tennis games on the Switch, just as we did on the Wii.

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The Joy-Con controllers connected together.

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The Joy-Con controllers will come in blue, red and grey.

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