Nintendo Switch console goes on sale in strategy reboot
03 March 2017 | 3:30 pm
Nintendo's Switch console goes on sale in a global launch seen as key to the Japanese video game giant reversing flagging sales and moving past the failure of its last console, the Wii U.
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