Nintendo has finally shared a tonne of more detail on their Nintendo Switch console with us. Now don’t count your chickens just yet, we still didn’t find out what sort of processor its running, what the internal storage will be like or what screen resolution it’ll have, and so on. I’m hoping the Nintendo tree-house will cover some of these technical details tomorrow. In the meantime though, lets get back on track and If you couldn’t be bothered getting up early like I did at 3:30am this morning, don’t worry, I have you covered and have highlighted all the details from the live stream below:
Nintendo opened the presentation with a thank you to everyone involved and interested in the upcoming Switch console and didn’t hang about giving us all the details we wanted to know. So here goes:
Launch date, price, online services:
The Nintendo Switch will be releasing on March 3rd 2017 in Japan, US, Canada, EU, Hong Kong and other territories.
Release price was stated to be $299.99 in the US and EU consumers (like myself) will have to check local retailers for prices (I’d imagine a price of £269-£299 or thereabouts in the UK).
Included in the box:
- Nintendo Switch console
- a left and right joy-con
- joy-con wrist straps
- joy-con grips
- the switch dock
- a hdmi cable
- AC adaptor
The pro controller will also be available separately. There will be x2 versions of the joy-con controller: one grey controller and one with red and blue joy cons.
Online multiplayer gaming will be possible for free for a limited trial time after launch, converting to a paid online service later in 2017. It sounds like there will be a Nintendo online companion app (similar to the PS one and the Xbox smartglass app) for all smart devices released, allowing you to invite players to join, chat with friends and lots more. Up to 8 switch consoles can connect locally for ultimate local multiplayer carnage. Additional online details coming soon.
Nintendo announced that there will be No region lock on games, so you can play all system software from all regions without any issues ! – this is great.
Playing Styles + Battery Life.
Next up Nintendo reminded us of the various different plays styles the Switch has to offer:
TV MODE – Play games on the TV in typical video gaming style.
TABLE TOP MODE – Stand the console upright on the table using the joy con controllers (away from the TV)
HANDHELD MODE – Take the console with you anywhere in the world for a console like experience on the go.
BATTERY LIFE- 2.5-6.5 hours dependant on games. Can play on the system whilst its charging.
The joy-con controllers were shown to have a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope to utilise different control methods. They also have ”SL” and ”SR” shoulder buttons so each of the joy-cons can be used as an independent controller. Red and Blue controllers are also available on launch. Nintendo also teased the motion IR camera inbuilt to controller which can recognise different hand movements and shapes. Controllers also have new tech HD rumble and a capture button – that will allow you to capture and sahre (via social media channels) gameplay screenshots (video game-capture will be released later in an update).
Joy-con specific Software
After an intro into the joy-con contollers, Nintendo showcased x2 joy-con compatible games. The first, called 1-2 Switch – a game that lets you enjoy the expressiveness of the joy-con rumble but at the same time mixes up new types of play never seen before. 1-2 switch can be played without looking at the screen. You need to look in the eyes of your opponent to play the game. Played through face to face interaction. 1-2 Switch will be released alongside the Nintendo Switch console on the 3rd of March.
The 2nd game, was another game which utilises the joy-con controllers and appeared to be a futuristic boxing type fighting game that looked like a lot of fun. Think of it as a fighting sports game using extendable arms. ARMS – will be released sometime in Spring 2017.
Nintendo showed of some really awesome games, lets have a look at what was announced below:
Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild – Releasing on Nintendo Switch on the 3rd of MARCH 2017 as a launch title, was probably the best thing I heard during this presentation. Nintendo finally have it right. Not making fans wait years for a release, oh no, its a release title and all I can say is…well played Nintendo ! Check out the new Zelda trailer below:
Super Mario Odyssey
Nintendo showcased their latest iteration of Mario, Super Mario Odyssey. What can I say? it’s a large sandbox Super Mario game and it looks amazing.
The theme in Super Mario Odyssey is based on Mario leaving the mushroom kingdom to go on a journey to an unknown world…EARTH. Released = ”holiday season 2017”.
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
Think Street Fighter II on the SNES 25 years on here. x2 new characters, you can play in classic or HD graphic modes. I was a big fan of street fighter II back in the day (even though I didn’t own a SNES) and will definitely be picking this up.
Mario Kart 8 deluxe
Not a lot to say here, not in a bad way either. Hey, its Mario Kart 8 that we seen on the Wii U with all DLC and new characters included – whats there not to like? Check out the trailer below:
Xenoblade II & Fire Emblem Warriors 2
Both of these games were teased, with the Xenoblade 2 game trailer being substantially longer than the latter. I’m excited about both of these and can’t wait to see more.
Splatoon 2 was also revealed: New weapons, new battle stages, battle strategies, new gameplay mechanics. Splatoon 2 will be compatible with the pro controller and joy-con alongside portable gaming also !
Network play, local multiplayer are enabled. Release date = summer 2017
Other games coming soon:
- Dragon Quest X and XI (Japan only). Dragon Quest heroes 1 and 2 will also have a place on the switch console.
- ATLUS – Powered by the unreal engine 4, Shin Megami Tensi.
- Square Enix – 3D classic looking RPG called, Project Octopath Traveller. Unique graphic style.
- Elder Scrolls: Skyrim for Switch.
You can pre-order the Nintendo Switch in UK from the following retailers (At the time of posting):
Amazon.co.uk – http://amzn.to/2j8QDgA (update: Amazon has currently ”sold out” of its allocation of Nintendo Switch consoles).
I’d also recommend checking other retailers such as : Smyths, Base, The Game Collection, Tesco Direct, Argos, Simply Games and all other online retailers.