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

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

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

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

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

Again proving that thin is in.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And here's the rival PlayStation Vita comparison.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want more pictures of the Nintendo Switch? Click here.

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

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

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