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Japanese gamers get their hands on Nintendo's Switch

Big expectations riding on company's latest home console

Two gamers show off their latest console purchase at Bic Camera's main Ikebukuro store, in Tokyo's Toshima Ward, on March 3.

TOKYO -- Nintendo's Switch went on sale in Japan on Friday, the company's first new home video game console in four and half years.

But the Switch is more than a device that connects to users' TVs. Like the Wii U before it, a tablet can also be detached and used as a handheld gaming unit.

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