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It’s here! Nintendo’s long-awaited console, the Switch, officially goes on sale Friday, March 3, but we got our hands on an early review unit. This week, our GearedUp podcast goes hands-on with the new console, taking a look at its impressive features, and a few shortcomings.

We also test out what co-host Andru Edwards of Gear Live calls “the best game I’ve ever played,” the new “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” which will be released the same day as the Switch.

The Switch is notable not just because it’s Nintendo’s first console after the disappointing Wii U, but also because it is rethinking how game consoles can work. It’s essentially a tablet, which can be docked with a TV for living-room gaming or carried around for the same experience on the go. It’s also controlled with two technology-packed Joy-Cons, a kind of hybrid between traditional game controllers and Wii controllers.

Its novel features mean the Switch could be a huge step forward for the gaming industry — but it also creates lots of opportunities for things to go wrong. Join Andru and GeekWire editor Todd Bishop on this episode of GearedUp for a review of the pros and cons, as well as a look into the gameplay for Breath of the Wild.

Watch our behind-the-scenes video at the top of the story, listen to the podcast above or download it as an MP3. Also check out Andru’s extended Zelda review below.

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