Nintendo has always danced to its own beat. The legendary gaming company has little interest in coming out with just another conventional game box, equipped with a standard controller, every five years or so.
Instead, Nintendo tries to completely change how you play games every half-decade — with mixed results. The Nintendo Wii was an unprecedented success that made motion-detection controls a standard fixture in video games, while the follow-on Wii U failed to make an impression on anyone but the most hardcore Nintendo fans.
The recently-announced Nintendo Switch is the company’s latest attempt to change the rules of the game, by merging the home and handheld console gaming experiences. As you might expect from a hybrid console, it has several different ways to play. Here is how they all work: