This morning’s presentation for the Nintendo Switch was a flood of information from hardware to new games! So let’s summarise below.
Pricing and Release Date
The Nintendo Switch will launch March 3rd, 2017 worldwide and will cost, £279.99 in the UK, $299.99 in the US and 29,980 yen in Japan. It will launch with two bundles as shown below.
In the box, you will find; Nintendo Switch console, Nintendo Switch dock, Joy-Con controller, Joy-Con straps, power cable, and an HDMI cable.
Nintendo announced during the presentation an online service for the Switch and it will be free up until Fall 2017, where Nintendo will begin charging you for the service.
The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid console and “switching” between TV and Handheld mode is a breeze. Although we learned all about this in the October reveal trailer, a lot of information was either unknown or rumoured.
The Switch during handheld mode will output on the 6.2-inch display and allow you to continue your game from where you left it on the TV. Nintendo stated that the battery in handheld will last between two and a half hours up to six hours depending on the demand of the game. Nintendo says The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will last about three hours on a charge.
The Switch during handheld mode can be charged while you’re playing with a USB-c cable, which you can plug straight into the Switch AC adapter. The screen uses a capacitive touch panel, and you can connect up to eight Switch consoles locally via wifi.
The Joy-Con controllers are detachable from the main controller, so you can either connect them to console to ‘switch’ to handheld mode or “share the joy” as Nintendo put it, for split screen co-op and multiplayer.
The right Joy-Con has an AR camera that can tell how far your hand is away from it—for example, it can tell the difference between a hand making rock, paper, or scissors. It’s also got some interesting vibration features, and the Nintendo demonstrator called it “HD Rumble.” It’s as cool as it sounds, folks! The right Joy-Con also has an NFC reader/writer, which can read Amiibo data. The left Joy-Con has a “capture” button similar to the PS4 share button, which will let you capture your favourite screenshots as well as, eventually, video, which can be shared across various social media.
The Joy-Con can be attached to a Joy-Con strap that slides over the end, adding a wrist-strap and more prominent L and R buttons. They can also be combined with the Joy-Con Grip in the middle into a single controller with the same number of thumbsticks and buttons you’d find on a Nintendo Pro Controller. The Switch screen has a stand, which will let you stand it on end and play two-player games on the go.
Check out this demonstration below.
Nintendo has finally learned their lesson and got rid of the region-locked software. It’s a smart move, especially because the idea of the Nintendo Switch is to play anywhere including around the world.
Check out the list of games announced for the Nintendo Switch below. (The list is currently being compiled.)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Mario Odyssey
Fire Emblem Warriors
Super Bomberman R
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
Bandai Namco Line-up: Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Taiko Drum Master and Tales of
Ubisoft’s Nintendo Switch Line-up