Nintendo unveils new console, new Legend of Zelda title

Nintendo's new Switch console, which alternates between a home and mobile gaming system, will go on sale on March 3, the gaming giant says.

Revealed at the end of 2016, the Switch is Nintendo's first home video games console since the Wii U.

However, a small portable screen can be removed from the main hub and connected to the device's modular Joy-Con controllers to create a mobile, handheld gaming device.

A new Legend of Zelda offering will prove one of the marquee draws for the new platform. Photo: AAP

The next instalment in the popular Legend Of Zelda series, Breath Of The Wild was also revealed as a launch title for the system, as was Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Nintendo also said third-party games including EA Sports' Fifa and world-builder Minecraft would also be available on the system.

Although Switch's price will vary from country to country, it will cost $US299 ($A399) in the United States and 29,960 yen $US260 ($A347) in Japan, said the company.

"Nintendo Switch is a brand-new kind of home gaming system that offers a wide variety of play modes," said Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima.

"We will introduce the world to new experiences made possible by the unique characteristics of the Nintendo Switch hardware and the Joy-Con."

Nintendo will be anxiously hoping for a good response after gamers' tepid reaction to its previous offering, the Wii U. Photo: AAP

The modular controller has the ability to split into two and each be used by one player to create a local multi-player set-up, with the mobile screen used by both players.

The Joy-Con controllers will also include a touchpoint for amiibo figures - figures which can be added to games when triggered by the touchpoint - while it will also house an infra-red motion camera that can be used to detect objects in certain games.

For example Nintendo said it can be used to detect a player's hand for a virtual game of rock, paper, scissors

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