It's been almost a week since the Nintendo Switch Conference, and news, bad and good, has been trickling in ever since. A lot was revealed during the live show, but more came out the next day during the press event in New York City.
DATE AND PRICE
The Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017 at $299, and it will be region free. We are less than two months away from having this in our hands. Look for my impressions on the system shortly afterwards.
THE CONSOLE AND OTHER HARDWARE
Nintendo has declared the Switch a home console with mobile capabilities, so you can seat the Switch in its dock to play games on your TV. You can also slide it out of the dock for a standard handheld experience. And finally, you can flip the Switch's kickstand out and detach the controllers for tabletop mode.
The console will be bundled with the Joy-Con controls in either grey or neon red and blue. It will have 32 GB of on board memory like the Wii U, but you can expand that storage with Micro SDXC cards. The battery life on the Switch ranges from 2.5 hours to 6 hours depending on what games you are playing. For reference, the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will bring the battery life down to about 3 hours. Unlike the Wii U gamepad and the 3DS, the screen will support multitouch. Games run at a 720p when the Switch isn't docked, and when it is games can reach 1080p.
The Joy-Con controllers sport motion sensors, "HD Rumble", infrared sensors, and amiibo sensor. The console will come with a left and right Joy-Con as well as the Joy-Con grip to mimic a standard controller. To purchase a new set of Joy-Con controllers you will have to shell out $80, or $50 for a left or right separately. A Nintendo Switch Pro Controller will also be available for a steep $70. Check out all the peripherals here. Catching up with PlayStation and XBOX, the Switch has a button for you to share your screenshots.
THE ONLINE SERVICE
The Switch will have a companion app on "smart devices", and the app will allow you to connect with friends and organize parties. The service will be free until Fall 2017. Users will get a free NES or SNES game every month, however, they can only play the designated game for the current month.
Switch games will cost $60. Nintendo showed off several games. Below is a list of confirmed games:
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - March 3, 2017
- 1, 2 Switch - March 3, 2017
- Just Dance 2017 - March 3, 2017
- Skylanders Imaginators - March 3, 2017
- Mario Kart 8: Deluxe - April 28, 2017
- Arms - Spring 2017
- Splatoon 2 - Summer 2017
- Super Mario Odyssey - Holiday 2017
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - TBA
- Fire Emblem Warrios - TBA
- Shin Megami Tensei - TBA
- Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim - TBA
- Minecraft - TBA
- I Am Setsuna - TBA
- Dragon Quest X and XI - TBA
- Dragon Quest Heroes 1 and 2 - TBA
- Shovel Knight - TBA
- FIFA - TBA
- NBA 2K18- TBA