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With new system, Nintendo adds a touch of realism

The Switch's selling points go beyond portability

Customers try out the Nintendo Switch at a Tokyo electronics store on Friday.

OSAKA -- Nintendo's release Friday of the Switch brought to market a much-hyped home game console that not only doubles as a stand-alone handheld, but also adds more lifelike tactile feedback to play.

Japanese electronics retailers were filled with customers looking to buy the new system. Although Nintendo has not released preorder figures, the Switch appears off to a good start. "It's as popular, if not more, than the PlayStation VR," a sales associate at a Tokyo store said.

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