The Nintendo Switch is barely a week away, launching worldwide on Friday, March 3. If you can’t wait to see what the console / tablet hybrid looks like in the real world, though, here’s a look into the unboxing process as Paste opened up its Switch for the very first time.
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We'd played the Switch before but we were still surprised at how small the box was when it arrived. It's not that much bigger than a shoebox.
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The photos on the side of the box really emphasize the various ways you can set up the Switch.
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Is this the back? Is it the front? Where does the Switch end and the player begin? You too would ponder deep philosophical truths if you were photographing a box.
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This box has two sides. Or four, actually. Wait--could it be six?
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This is certainly a side.
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This is definitely supposed to be the bottom. That's usually where they hide all this useful information.
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One last look in all its untouched, pristine glory before we get to opening.
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And this is what you'll see when you open the thing. The two Joy-Con controllers and the Switch tablet itself are right on top, wrapped in plastic and set inside a cardboard plate.
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Here's what you see when you lift up the top section containing the tablet and controllers. As usual, the box is broken into a variety of cardboard chambers and segments, each holding a different cable or doodad.
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That mess of paraphernalia in the belly of the box includes the Joy-Con Grip, which turns the tiny handheld controllers into a more traditional joypad. It also includes an HDMI cable, two straps that connect to the back of the Joy-Cons, and, of course, an AC adapter.