Nintendo Switch News Roundup
Nintendo Switch News Roundup
Last night Nintendo outlined its plans for the future regarding its latest console, the Nintendo Switch. The veteran publisher announced a price for the console, a release date and announced a few of the titles coming to the console over the coming year. More news has emerged since then about the pricing of accessories, other titles making their way to the Switch plus other announcements.
Here is a roundup of all the news we know so far:
Price and Release Date
The Nintendo Switch will be released worldwide on March 3rd, 2017. The console is priced at £279.99 here in the UK and $299.99 in North America. Included in that price is the following:
- The console (the screen itself)
- A Switch doc
- L and R Joy-Con
- Joy-Con Grip
- Joy-Con wrist straps
- HDMI cable
- AC adapter.
There are two different skews of the console, one with grey coloured controllers and one with a neon blue and red controller. Both versions will be the same price. A pro controller (which resembles an Xbox controller) is sold separately.
In addition, information has emerged about the price of various accessories associated with the Switch.
- Pair of Joy-Con controllers – £74.99/$79.99
- Individual Joy-Con controllers – £42.99/$49.99
- Joy-Con Strap – £4.99
- Switch Pro controller – £64.99/£69.99
- Joy-Con charging grip – £27.99/$29.99
- Switch dock set – $89.99
- Joy-Con wheel set – £13.99/$19.99
In addition to the prices for the hardware, Nintendo announced that for the Nintendo Switch it would be introducing a paid online service launching in Autumn 2017. It will allow players to invite friends to play games online, set ‘play appointments’, chat and more. Players can trial the service for free at some point after launch.
Finally, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima stated that the console will not be region locked unlike many of Nintendo’s prior consoles.
Specifications & Hardware
The Switch has 32GB of internal memory which can be further expanded with SD cards. The screen is 6.2″ and is “multi-touch capacitative” which supports a resolution of 1280 x 720 plus the console can switch to 1080p when docked and outputting to a TV.
As you can see from the image above, the console has a USB Type-C Connector while the dock has two USB 2.0 ports and a TV output LED in the front. Beneath the back cover, there’s an AC Adapter port, a USB port, and an HDMI port.
Battery Life and Playstyles
In terms of battery life, Nintendo have stated that the console can last over six hours but that time is reduced when playing more intensive titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild which can last around 3 hours. This of course only applies when the screen is separated from the dock.
The console itself allows for different playstyles such as docked and playing on the TV with the Joy-Cons attached to the grip, held like a traditional handheld with the Joy-Cons attached to the screen or in a tabletop mode where the Joy-Cons are held separately in each hand separate from the screen which includes a kickstand.
Up to eight consoles can connect together for local multiplayer.
Nintendo took time out of its conference to highlight the Joy-Con controllers. The controllers act in a traditional manner when attached to the Joy-Con grip but can be separated from the screen and used individually too, allowing for local multiplayer.
The controllers include A, B, X, Y buttons, as well as L and R buttons and a Home button. (Attachable wrist straps add more prominent L and R buttons.) Each controller has an analog stick that also functions as a button. A new, square ‘capture’ button can be used to capture screenshots of gameplay which you can share on social media. In the future, you’ll be able to use this to capture video footage too.
Both controllers include gyro-sensors, accelerometers and a ‘HD rumble’ system that adds new sensitivity to motion-based gameplay. The R controller also has a motion-IR camera that can sense the shape, motion, and distance of objects in front of it.
A number of games were shown at the Nintendo conference. The first two were multiplayer games developed by Nintendo that took advantage of the Joy-Con controllers.
To start us off was 1-2- Switch, it features motion-based, competitive gameplay that doesn’t require the users to look at the screen. The main example showed players using it to pretend to duel like they were in the Wild West. The game will be available at launch on March 3rd.
The second game was Arms, a motion-controlled boxing like game that allows you to play against AI, local split-screen with a friend or local multiplayer with other Switch consoles plus online multiplayer at a future date. Arms will be available in the Spring.
Splatoon 2 is coming to the Nintendo Switch with new weapons, maps and functionality thanks to the Joy-Con controllers. The game will be available this summer.
The 3D Mario platformer glimpsed in Nintendo’s reveal trailer was shown in full via a trailer and is titled Super Mario Odyssey. The trailer shows Mario in various locales including a modern-day city that resembles New York (and includes real people), a forest and a desert. Super Mario Odyssey will be available in Holiday 2017.
Finally, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was shown once more with a new trailer and a release date of March 3rd meaning Zelda fans can play the game at launch.
Other games briefly mentioned included: Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Fire Emblem Warriors, a new Shin Megami Tensei, Project Octopath Traveller from Square Enix and more.
Additional titles we know are coming include Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, EA’s FIFA, Minecraft and Minecraft: Story Mode, Dragon Quest X and XI plus Dragon Quest Heroes 1 and 2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, NBA 2K18, Rime, Shovel Knight, Stardew Valley and Yooka-Laylee.
Several trailers have been released by Nintendo regarding more games coming to the Switch:
A trailer for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has been released with the game’s release date set for April 28, 2017.
The racing game will feature all the content from the Wii U version along with all DLC tracks and characters. Inkling Girl and Inkling Boy from Splatoon, King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr. will all be available as new characters, too. Battle Mode has also been updated to include Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast, including new courses like Urchin Underpass and Battle Stadium, as well as returning ones, such as Gamecube Luigi’s Mansion and SNES Battle Course 1.
Lastly, Nintendo revealed a Smart Steering feature, intended to make controlling cars easier for new players.
Other games confirmed for the Switch include Puyo Puyo Tetris and Super Bomberman R.
What do you think?
That’s all the news from last night’s Nintendo Conference and news is still emerging today. I will update this page as more news comes in.
What do you think of Nintendo’s new console? Are you looking forward to a hybrid system? Which games have you hyped?
Let me know by commenting below this article.