We had a late one here on MGL with the Nintendo Switch Presentation at 4am local time. If you were mad enough to be sleeping when this all happened enjoy all the key information right here. We have the official Nintendo Switch features, price point and it’s coming March 3rd, 2017.
The release games are here, including the confirmation that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild will be part of the console’s launch.
Plus, check out the price and features below and please don’t keep this to yourself! Share on Social Media so other gamers can get the information. Plus drop me a Disqus or Facebook Comment at the end with your thoughts on the console. I’ll be getting one, will you?
Nintendo Switch Features and Price
The Nintendo Switch will be launching in the USA for $299.99. No specific European price was stated, but it’s safe to assume it’ll be roughly the same given the current exchange rate and typical RRPs of the past.
Update: We know have an official price point for the EU and UK. The console package will be priced at £279.99.
We also got to grips with some of the details on the console itself. These are what we got from the presentation.
- Battery Life: 2.5 to 6 hours (Depending on the game)
- Joy-Cons have IR sensors, HD Rumble and NFC built-in.
- Free Online up until “Fall 2017” when paid options will be introduced.
- Capacitive Touch Screen.
- No more Region Locking
They also gave some detail on what you get with the console and accessories available to purchase separately. Plus some other editions packed with games.
Standard pack Includes:
- Switch Console
- Left and Right Joy-Cons
- Joy-Con Grips
- Controller straps
- HDMI cable
- AC adapter.
Accessories available at launch:
- Pro Controller (approx. $69.99)
- Extra Joy-Cons (approx. $50 for one, $90 for both)
- Extra Dock (approx. $90)
Official Hardware Details
They have now confirmed some official details about the console itself and the conrollers in more detail. See the official information from Nintendo below.
The Nintendo Switch Console
Nintendo Switch is a breakthrough home video game console. It not only connects to a TV at home, but it also instantly transforms into an on-the-go handheld using its 6.2-inch screen. For the first time, players can enjoy a full home-console experience anytime, anywhere.
The screen includes capacitive multi-touch capabilities for compatible games. Battery life can last for more than six hours, but will vary depending on the software and usage conditions.. For example, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played for roughly three hours on a single charge. While away from home, Nintendo Switch can be charged by plugging the AC adapter into the console’s USB Type-C connector.
The Joy Con Controller
The versatile Joy-Con offer multiple surprising new ways for players to have fun. Two Joy-Con can be used independently in each hand, or together as one game controller when attached to the Joy-Con grip. They can also attach to the main console for use in handheld mode, or be shared with friends to enjoy two-player action in supported games. Each Joy-Con has a full set of buttons and can act as a standalone controller, and each includes an accelerometer and gyroscope motion sensor, making independent left and right motion control possible.
Nintendo Switch also contains a number of built-in features that make it more interactive. The left Joy-Con has a Capture Button that players can press to take instant screenshots of gameplay to share with friends on social media.
The right Joy-Con includes an NFC touchpoint for interaction with amiibo figures, as well as an IR Motion Camera that can detect the distance, shape and motion of nearby objects in specially designed games. For example, it can tell how far away a player’s hand is, and even if the hand is forming a rock, paper or scissors shape.
Both Joy-Con include advanced HD rumble, which can provide compatible games with subtle vibrations that are much more realistic than before. The effect is so detailed that a player could, for example, feel the vibration of individual ice cubes colliding inside a glass when shaking a Joy-Con. With HD rumble you can experience a level of realism not possible through sights and sounds alone.
Nintendo Switch makes it easy for players to stay connected. Up to 8 consoles can be connected for local wireless play. The player can place the console upright anywhere by using the built-in stand, then easily share Joy-Con for multiplayer fun away from the TV. The console will support online Wi-Fi multiplayer gaming.
Nintendo also unveiled a new online subscription service that will begin with a free trial at launch. The service includes a smart-device application available in summer 2017 that will let users invite friends to play online, set play appointments, and chat with one another as the play compatible games. The fully featured paid service will be available in autumn.
We had a few big ones confirmed at the show gamers. First of all the main one is Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild. Plus there was confirmation of party game “1-2-Switch”, motion control-based fighter “Arms” and more below.
See the list of launch releases below (this will be updated when more information is provided).
Games to come after launch (courtesy of IGN) include:
|Mario Odyssey||Nintendo||Holiday 2017|
|Xenoblade 2||Monolith Soft|
|FIre Emblem Warriors||Koei-Tecmo|
|The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild||Nintendo||March 3rd|
|Splatoon 2||Nintendo||March 3rd|
|Shin Megami Tensei||Atlus|
|Project Octopath Traveler||Square Enix|
|The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim||Bethesda|
|No More Heroes 3||Suda51|
|Mario Kart 8 Deluxe||Nintendo||TBA|
|The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth||Nicals||Spring 2017|
|Just Dance 2017||Ubisoft||TBA|
|Dragon Quest X: The Five Awakening Races Online||Square Enix||TBA|
|Dragon Quest XI||Square Enix||TBA|
|Dragon Quest Heroes 1 & 2||Square Enix|
|Stardew Valley||Chucklefish Games||TBA|
|Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom||FDG Entertainment||TBA|
|Lego City Undercover||Warner Bros.||TBA||Pre-Order|
|Cube Life: Island Survival||Cypronia||TBA|
|Shovel Knight||Yacht Club Games||TBA|
|NBA 2K18||2K Games|
|Untitled Steamworld Game||Image & Form||TBA|
Final Thoughts on the Nintendo Switch Presentation
When it was first revealed I was very interested by this console and direction from Nintendo, now I’m cautiously optimistic. Zelda at launch was always the right call, but that conference itself was painful. Super Mario Odyssey is further out than I’d like and not including Mario Kart 8 or Smash updates in the main conference seemed out-of-touch. The launch line-up feels weak. Arms looks like it has a lot of potential and 1-2-Switch should net the casual Wii crowd. There’s a lot to look forward to, but is it a launch necessity? Not unless you’re a huge Zelda fanatic.
But those are just my thoughts. What do you think gamers? Drop me a comment below and keep the conversation going by sharing on social media.