Nintendo Switch price, release date and games revealed
The Nintendo Switch is set for release in select European countries, North America and Japan on March 3rd, 2017, with a recommended retail price of €329.99 or £279.99. For the price, you will receive the main console a left and right Joy-Con controllers, a Joy-Con grip, a set of Joy-Con wrist straps, a Nintendo Switch dock, an HDMI cable and an AC adaptor.
While the Nintendo Switch is a console, it can be transformed into a handheld device for gaming with its 6.2-inch screen. The screen includes capacitive multi-touch capabilities for compatible games. Regarding battery life, the handheld mode can operate for more than six hours on a single charge, but this figure will vary depending on the software and other usages. For example, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played for roughly three hours on a single charge. To charge the Switch, just dock the console and plug the AC adapter into the console’s USB type-C connector.
The left and right Joy-Con controllers can be used independently in each hand, or together as one controller when attached to the Joy-Con grip. The two controllers can also attach to the main controller for use handheld mode, or be shared with friends to play two-player games as each Joy-Con has a full set of button and can act as a standalone controller.
The Joy-Con controllers contain various built-in features that make it more interactive. The left Joy-Con has a capture button that allows you to take screenshots that you can share with friends on social media. The right Joy-Con includes an NFC touchpoint for interaction with amiibo figures, as well an IR motion Camera that can detect the distance, shape and motion of nearby objects in specially designed games. Both Joy-Cons include advanced HD rumble, which can provide compatible games with subtle vibrations that are much more realistic than before.
Nintendo Switch will also include 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.
The Nintendo Switch will also see Nintendo end region locking. This means that you can buy a Switch game from anywhere in the world and it work on your console, previous to this if you had a PAL region Nintendo console you could only play games released in PAL region.
Nintendo also announced a number of first and third-party games for the Nintendo Switch. First party games include Super Mario Odyssey, a first person sandbox game where Mario leaves the Mushroom Kingdom and embarks on a new journey. Splatoon 2, a sequel to the popular Wii U 4v4 paint based turf battle game; the new game will include new stages, new fashions and new weapons. Marion Kart 8 Deluxe, a Nintendo Switch version of the Wii U title with all past DLC, new character and a revamped battle mode. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the biggest Legend of Zelda game to date, players will be able to fully explore a vast world and discover 100 puzzle filled shrines, plus a wide variety of weapons, outfits and gear. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has also being confirmed to be a Nintendo Switch launch title. Other first party games include Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Snipperclips, ARMS and 1-2 Switch.
In regards to third party games, the following have being announced: Minecraft, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, EA Sports FIFA, NBA 2K, Constructor, Skylanders Imaginators, and many more.
For more information about Nintendo Switch, visit http://www.nintendo-europe.com/nintendoswitch.