Roughly about two months from now, Nintendo’s first home console since 2012 will be available. In case you missed Nintendo’s conference, here is everything you need to know about Nintendo Switch.
Availability and Price
Nintendo Switch is planned to launch on Mar. 03, 2017 in the US, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, some major European countries, and other territories for $299.99 USD.
There are basically two models: one with grey controllers that we have been seeing until now and another one with a neon red and a neon blue controllers. Both of the models will be sold at the same price.
In addition to the console, Switch comes with L/R Joy-Con controllers, the Joy-Con grip, the Nintendo Switch dock, an HDMI cable, an AC adapter, and Joy-Con wrist straps. Accessories like the Pro Controller will be available at launch but will not be included in the box.
Nintendo has also announced the prices for accessories. A controller set costs $79.99, an individual L/R controller costs $49.99, Pro Controller costs $69.99, the charging grip costs $29.99, and the complete dock set costs $89.99.
There is not much known when it comes to things that Nintendo Switch houses under the hood, but Nintendo did cover some of the things. The console has 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded using microSDXC cards.
The screen size is 6.2-inch that is a multi-touch capacitive touch-screen, boasting a resolution of 1280 x 720. While the resolution is only 720p in handheld mode, it can go up to 1080p when docked and connected to an external display.
The console’s battery while in handheld mode varies from game to game but you can expect to get something between 3 hours to 7 hours. It charges via USB-C port, it has built-in Wi-Fi, and it will support 8 Switches for wireless multiplayer.
Nintendo’s upcoming console will have a paid online subscription which will allow users to invite their online friends to play multiplayer sessions, chat, and more. Moreover, the company has also revised its policy on region locking.
According to Kimishima-san, there is no region locking when it comes to Nintendo Switch software. As for the online paid subscription, it will be free for everyone during a short post-launch duration. From Fall 2017, however, it will become proper paid service.
As mentioned earlier, an individual joy-controller costs $49.99 and comes in multiple colours. There are a few ways to use these controllers. You cannot only use a single one as an individual controller but can also attach both of them to the Joy-Con Grip and play games on your TV.
Each controller boasts an accelerometer, gyrosensors, an HD rumble system, and a motion-IR camera (only on R controller) that is capable of sensing shape, motion, and distance.
As for buttons on the controller, each one contains A, B, X, Y buttons, L and R buttons, and a Home button. There is also an analogue stick which can also be pressed. Finally, there is a ‘capture’ button which can be used to record and share screenshots and gameplay videos.
Titles on Launch and Beyond
When it comes to the console’s launch titles, we have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, 1-2 Switch, and Arms. Some other games include Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Fire Emblem Warriors, a new Shin Megami Tensei, Project Octopath Traveler, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, FIFA, Just Dance 2017, NBA, and more.
You can find the entire list by heading over to the link.
Once again, Nintendo Switch is planned to release on Mar. 03, 2017.