Nintendo has released more details about their upcoming Switch console, including price, features and availability. The Nintendo Switch will be available worldwide on March 3rd, 2017 and will retail for $399 CAD ($299 USD/ 29,980 Japanese Yen and price will vary by retail and country in Europe).
Nintendo also announced that the new console will not be region locked and all games and software would work on any console, no matter the country.
Nintendo says the Switch will “inherit all of Nintendo’s console DNA” including motion controls (via the Joy Con controllers) and the main console will have a capacitive touchscreen.
In terms of battery life, when you bring your Switch on the go, it should last about 3 to 6 hours, depending on the game. The console charges with USB Type-C (that means you should be able to charge your Switch via a battery back while on the go) and has built-in Wi-Fi and up to eight Switch consoles can be connected for local wireless multiplayer gaming.
The Switch offers a few different play styles including: Play Mode, which allows users to use the system while docked and connected to a TV; Tabletop Mode, which allows players to use the Joy-Con controllers wirelessly with the Switch console on its kickstand and Handheld Mode, which will allow players to take the Switch on the go either with the Joy Con controllers attached to the console or wirelessly.
The Joy Con controllers feature accelerometers and gyroscopes for motion controls and there is a dedicated share to social media button. And each Joy Con controller has still has the usual L and R buttons (just much smaller in addition to a standard L or R button) and can be used independently for multiplayer games. The Joy Con controller also have NFC for scanning of Amiibo figures.
The new controllers will be available in Neon Blue and Neon Red in addition to the standard grey ones that come with the Switch which also includes wrist straps.
Nintendo says that the Joy Con controllers will have something they call HD rumble which can emulate the “sensation of ice cubes in a glass, as well as water being poured.”
Nintendo also said that their will be a paid online service (similar to Xbox Live or PlayStation Network) and there will be a free trial up until the paid service launches sometime this fall.
For games, Nintendo Switch off a new game called 1 2 Switch which takes advantage of new ways to play on the Switch. It is based on face-to-face interaction where players don’t need to look at the system’s screen.
The other game that Nintendo announced for the Switch is called Arms which is a fighting sports game where each player holds a Joy Con controller in each hand and the controllers will sense the player’s motions. Players will be able to play alone against computer players or friends, either online or locally.
Nintendo also announced that Splatoon 2 is coming to the Switch which is a third-person game that focuses on the player painting their play space. The first Splatoon game was released on Wii U and it’s sequel will be coming this summer.
For you Mario fans out there, don’t worry Nintendo hasn’t forgotten about you either, they announced Super Mario Odyssey which will be coming this holiday.
Other titles for the Switch include, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, a new Fire Emblem game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, EA games such as FIFA and there are over 80 games in development for the console. Mario Kart will also be coming to the Switch in the form of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on April 28th 2017. While The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild will be a day one launch title for the Switch (and will also come out for the Wii U).
In the box, you’ll receive the Nintendo Switch console, the Switch Dock, a Left and Right Joy Con, Joy Con wrist straps, the Joy Con grip, a HDMI cable, an AC adapter.
The Switch Pro controller will be available separately but Nintendo didn’t announce pricing. You’ll be able to purchase a Nintendo Switch with one Neon Red and one Neon Blue Joy Con or just the standard grey Joy Con controllers and both will retail for $399 CAD ($299 USD/ 29,980 Japanese Yen and price will vary by retail and country in Europe).