Late last night, Nintendo finally full reveled their new console: the Nintendo Switch, and gave us a look at not only the technology, some of the games as well. Let’s take a look at the Nintendo Switch Conference recap.
The most important of these announcements were the date, and the price for some markets. Nintendo announced that the Nintendo Switch will launch on March 3rd, 2017 worldwide. We were given the price for the North American markets and the Japanese market last night – with the system retailing for $299.99 in North America, and 29,980 yen.
We were given lots of information regarding the console. The system itself will be region free, however they appeared to have left enough room for developers to region lock their games. Battery life in the hand held form will vary from 2.5 to 6.5 hours with the capability to charge while being played. Controller battery life was not given. The example was given that you are able to play Zelda for three hours. We were given our first look at the Joy-Con, and Pro Controllers. The system can be connected via WiFi or locally with up to eight Switch units for mass multiplayer. Two system will be released, one with Red and Blue Joy-Cons and one with Gray.
The joy-cons were packed with tech, which they were eager to share. The Joy-Cons feature an analog stick (clickable), with the right Joy-Con having the ABXY buttons, and a home button, and the NFC reader for the Amiibos. It also has a right shoulder button and a trigger. Also interestingly, it features an IR reader, which can detect depth of an object, and what the object looks like. Making games like Rock, Paper, Scissors possible with the Switch.
The left Joy-Con features a screenshot button, directional buttons, a shoulder button, and a trigger.
Online multiplayer will be free for a period, then it appears that they will be moving to the paid subscription in line with Xbox Live, and PlayStation Plus.
They were keen to showcase the number of ways that the system can be played. There is the traditional console and TV version. If someone is using the TV, you are able to pick it up and use it similar to the Wii-U as a hand held version with the Joy-Cons attached. You are also able to set the screen on a table, using the touch screen as a television and playing with the Joy-Cons.
The System will come with:
- 2 Joy-Cons – The Switch Controller
- Wrist Straps
- Joy-Con Grips
- HDMI Cable
- AC Adapter
- Console comes with 32GB of storage – extendable with a MicroSD card slot
We also were given a look at a number of games as well:
- Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wind – Confirmed Launch Title
- 1 2 Switch – Appears to be the Switch version of Wii Sports
- ARMS – Competitive 1v1 that allows players to box using characters with extendable arms.
- Splatoon 2 – The second game of the Splatoon game.
- Super Mario Oddysey – The latest Mario game in the saga.
- Xenoblade 2 –
- Fire Emblem Warriors
- Dragon Qest X / X1
- Dragon Quest Heros I & II
- Shin Megami Tensei – A post-apocalyptic role-playing video game
- Project Octopath – A Square Enix Game
- Skyrim – Confirmed by Bethesda
- No More Heroes
- Bomberman R
- FIFA – Confirmed by EA
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
This is a strong lineup of games, and the hype surrounding the system appears to be warranted. There are many updates that are still to come in the coming months regarding the Switch. Make sure to check back for all of them.
That wraps up our Nintendo Switch Conference recap. Be sure to check out The Nintendo Treehouse event which is going on right now; check out our live blog.