During a special live presentation on January 12th, Nintendo announced that their new hybrid gaming system, the Switch system will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017 and at a price of $299.99 in the United States.
There are two SKU’s for the system, one being the gray system and the other being the system with a neon blue and neon red Joy-Con (as seen in featured image; both SKU’s are the same price). Included in the launch box will be the following:
- Main console (32 GB internal storage memory)
- Joy-Con (Left) and Joy-Con (Right) controllers
- A Joy-Con grip (to which two Joy-Con are attached and used as one controller)
- A set of Joy-Con wrist straps
- A Nintendo Switch dock (which holds the main console and connects it to a TV)
- An HDMI cable
- An AC adapter.
As revealed back in October, the Switch not only connects to a TV at home, but it also doubles as an on-the-go handheld. The console (as a handheld) features a capacitive multi-touch screen for compatible games. Battery life averages between 3 to 6 hours as a portable, but will vary depending on the software and usage conditions. Nintendo gave one example of the battery life you can expect with handheld usage through The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild which Nintendo claims can be played for roughly three hours on a single charge. Even while not docked, the Switch can be charged by plugging the AC adapter into the console’s USB Type-C connector.
The Joy-Con controllers offer multiple ways for players to use them. Two Joy-Con can be used independently in each hand, or together as one game controller when attached to the Joy-Con grip. They can also attach to the main console for use in handheld mode, or be shared with friends to enjoy two-player action in supported games. Each Joy-Con has a full set of buttons and can act as a standalone controller, and each includes an accelerometer and gyro-sensor, making independent left and right motion control possible.
The left Joy-Con has a Capture Button that players can press to take instant screenshots of gameplay to share with friends on social media. The right Joy-Con includes an NFC touchpoint for interaction with amiibo figures, as well as an IR Motion Camera that can detect the distance, shape and motion of nearby objects in specially designed games. Both Joy-Con include advanced HD Rumble.
Up to eight systems can be connected for local wireless play. The player can place the system upright anywhere by using the built-in stand, then easily share Joy-Con for multiplayer fun away from the TV. The system will support online Wi-Fi multiplayer gaming. Nintendo also unveiled 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 they play compatible games. The fully featured paid service will be available in the fall.
Other Details Include:
- 32 GB internal memory
- Expand storage space using microSDXC cards up to 2TB
- 6.2-inch, multi-touch capacitive touch screen; can display a resolution of 1280 x 720
- Nintendo eShop
- Album App (for screenshots and eventually videos)
- Region Free Software
Nintendo boasts that the Switch will be supported by first and third-party publishers including Activision Publishing Inc., Electronic Arts, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Bethesda, Square Enix, SEGA/ATLUS, and other major Japanese publishers.
You can check out the breakdown of the hardware in the gallery below:
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