Nintendo officially revealed new information on their upcoming console, the Nintendo Switch, this morning in an hour-long live presentation. Various information on the hardware of the system was revealed as well as a ton of information on upcoming titles we can expect for the system, both from Nintendo and third party developers.
The Nintendo Switch will release worldwide March 3rd this year, with a suggested retail price of 29,980 yen/299 dollar, the prices for European countries to be determined by retailers locally (Dutch retailers have listed the system for €329).Switch bundles include the console itself, a Switch Dock (to play on a TV screen), two Joy-Con controllers, Joy-Con grips, the Switch grip controller, wristbands, HDMI cable and AC Adapter. There is also a Switch Pro controller, similar to a traditional controller, available separately.
The Joy-Con controllers are two separate small controllers that can function as two separate controllers, or be attached to the Switch grip controller to form a fully functional controller for when you’re playing on a TV screen by yourself. Each Joy-Con controller is a fully functional controller by itself as well, allowing for 2 player multiplayer using both Joy-Cons separately. Joy-Cons are also available in blue and red variation next to the standard gray ones, and a Switch bundle including two differently colored controllers will be available at launch for the same price as the standard model.
Joy-Con controllers feature HD rumble, a very sensitive variation of traditional rumble mechanics that track even the slightest movements.
The Joy-con controllers can be purchased separately for $50 each, or $80 for a bundle. You can also get additional docks for $90 each. Finally the Pro controller will set you can $70. The games themselves should sell for $60 putting them at the same level as WiiU games. Again, no exact European prices are known but hopefully they’ll translate one to one with the US prices.
The Switch screen can be detached from the dock to play games on the go as if it were a handheld system by attaching the Joy-Cons to each side of the screen, but it can also be used as a screen by itself. The battery life of the Switch when used in this fashion ranged from 2 to 6 hours (3 hours on average). The screen is the same size as the WiiU Gamepad’s at 6,2″ but sports a 720p resolution, which boils down to 236 ppi.
The Switch will come with 32 Gb of internal storage and will support MicroSDXC cards. The system will also use game cartridges but revealed very little details. All we know is that they will be different from 3DS carts.
There will be an online service available for Nintendo Switch which will use an app on a smartdevice. For the first time the use of this service requires a paid subscription. Subscribing will allow players to play their games online, as well as grant several free downloads of Virtual Console games every month. The service will be free for the first few months and become a paid service later in 2017.
The Switch is also region free.
There were many games that were announced for the system, some of them available at launch, others to be released at later dates.
Most notably, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be available at launch on March 3rd. Among the other launch titles are: 1-2 Switch, Super Bomberman R, Just Dance 2017 and I Am Setsuna. In Japan, Dragon Quest X and XI are also available at launch; it is as of yet unknown if and when they will appear in the west.
Furthermore, the following games were announced for Nintendo Switch:
- 1-2 Switch
- Arcade Archives
- The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+
- Unknown BlazBlue title
- Constructor HD
- Cube Life: Island Survival HD
- Disgaea 5
- Complete Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Dragon Quest X
- Dragon Quest XI
- Dragon Quest Heroes I & II
- Dungeon of Zaar
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Farming Simulator game
- Fast RMX
- Untitled FIFA game
- Fire Emblem Warriors
- Has Been Heroes
- I Am Setsuna
- Just Dance 2017
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Lego City Undercover
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure
- Minecraft: Switch Edition
- Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
- NBA 2K18
- New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers
- Untitled No More Heroes sequel
- Untitled Nobunaga’s Ambition game
- Untitled Pokémon game
- Project Octopath Traveler (tentative)
- Project Sonic 2017 (tentative)
- Puyo Puyo Tetris
- Rayman Legends Definitive Edition
- Rime Riverside
- The Sacred Hero
- Seasons of Heaven
- Untitled Shin Megami Tensei game
- Shovel Knight
- Skylanders: Imaginators
- Sonic Mania
- Splatoon 2
- Stardew Valley
- Sunu Ikkibu: Din Nahu
- Super Bomberman R
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Syberia 3
- Untitled Taiko Drum Master game
- Untitled Tales game
- Tank It!
- Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2
The full Nintendo Switch press conference.