Nintendo finally gives details on their highly anticipated new console…
Nintendo held an event to announce new details about their next console, the Switch. Going into the event we knew the Switch would be a hybrid console and handheld device that would connect to your TV and also utilize a tablet to let you play on the go. Some key details were unknown, however. You can watch the full presentation below or, if you’re pressed for time, scroll down and read the highlights.
Here’s what we learned: The Nintendo Switch will be released on March 3 worldwide with an MSRP of $299.99. The New console will be region free and will feature a suite of paid online services including online play and the ability to pair a smart device with the console to invite other players to your game, chat and various other online activities.
The Switch will be playable in three modes: TV mode, in which the Switch operates like a normal console. Tabletop mode, in which the Switch tablet is set up on a kickstand and games are played with the controllers detached. And finally, Handheld mode, in which the “Joycon” controllers are attached to the sides of the Tablet and games are played in the fashion of a classic handheld. Outside TV mode the Switch will operate on battery power with an estimated lifespan of between 2.5 to 6.5 hours depending on the game. The Tablet will work while charging and the batteries will be replaceable.
The new controllers for the Switch will continue to support Nintendo’s toys-to-life Amiibo figures. The controllers will also feature a share button which will allow players to capture and share screenshots at launch and video agt some point in the future. In the detached Joycon sections of the controllers can be used for motion controls much like a Wii-mote, but can also be used as standard controllers making each Switch controller a two in one affair. The controllers also sport upgraded IR sensors and rumble tumblers enabling hand gesture controls and more complicated feedback respectively. Controllers in neon blue and neon red colors will be available for purchase separately.
Of course, a console is nothing without games and Nintendo revealed several new games for the Switch as well as confirming details about some previously announced games. Here are all the ones with trailers:
The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild was revealed to be a Switch launch title releasing March 3 2017.
Super Mario Odyssey was announced for Holiday 2017
Splatoon 2 was revealed for Summer 2017 release.
Xenoblade 2 was announced with no release date given.
Fire Emblem Warriors, a game in the style of Dynasty Warriors set in the Fire Emblem Universe
1,2 Switch was announced a Johann Sebastian Joust-esque party game was revealed.
Arms a sort of motion control based long ranged boxing game was announced.
Super Bomberman R was shown as part of the presentation’s sizzle reel.
Competitive puzzle game Puyo Puyo Tetris was shown.
Sonic Mania was confirmed for the Switch
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
In addition to those games the following were shown in some form or another.
- Dragon Quest 10 & 11 confirmed for Japan
- Dragon Quest Heroes 1 and 2
- A new Shin Megami Tensei title
- Project Octopath Traveler
- Square Enix
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- An Unnamed No More Heroes Sequel
- Dragonball Xenoverse
- Just dance
- Street Fighter 2
- NBA 2k
So what do you all think?
Has Nintendo sold you on the Switch?