Nintendo has finally shown off how games on its new hybrid console, the Switch, will transition between different modes during gameplay.
During the company’s Treehouse presentation for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the team switched from TV mode to tabletop mode. When the Switch unit is removed from the dock — which is how the system hooks up to a TV — the game jumps from the TV to the Switch’s 6.2-inch touchscreen.
In the GIF below, two players can be seen going head to head in tabletop mode. This mode allows the player or players to use the console as a screen without having to hold onto it. As such, games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe can still be played between multiple players.
As seen in the GIF, when the console is placed back in the dock, the screen goes black for a few seconds before the game picks up again on the TV. When the Nintendo team transitioned from the television to the tabletop version and back again, the entire process took about two or three seconds before the game could be played again.
There are three Switch modes in total that players can choose from: television, tabletop and portable mode. In the television and tabletop modes, the Joy-Con controllers can be removed from the sides of the Switch to allow for both single-player and multiplayer use. In portable mode, the Joy-Con controllers remain attached to the sides of the unit.
The Nintendo Switch will be released on March 3 for $299.