We got a lot of details regarding the Nintendo Switch, including the release date, price, and many of the games that will be releasing for it.
We’ve finally learned more about the Nintendo Switch at Nintendo’s latest presentation. We got to take a look at some of the games planned to release on the Switch, and also got to see how the Switch actually works. Along with that, we now know the release date and pricing for the Nintendo Switch.
For those of you who don’t know the Switch’s functions, it comes with three different modes. You can play it on the TV while it’s docked. Tabletop mode, with the screen resting on its kickstand and two players sharing the the JoyCons, and lastly portable mode for your on-the-go gaming needs.
The Nintendo Switch will come with 32GB of internal storage space, but it can be expanded with a microSD card with up to 256GB of memory. The card slot can be found under the kickstand. The display is a 720p touchscreen.
As for battery life, Nintendo claimed that you’d get around 2 and a half to 6 hours of gaming on the Switch depending on the intensity of the game being played – which actually seems quite low, we were really hoping for more on that aspect.
The JoyCons will come with gyro motion controls, which was to be expected. In addition to that, they will have a capture button for your in-game screenshots and gameplay and whatnot, motion IR Camera to detect hand motions and distance and something called HD Rumble. On release, the JoyCon will have three colours, Grey, Neon Red and Neon Blue.
Here’s a list of games announced at the Nintendo Switch Event:
- Legend of Zelda: Breathe of the Wild
- 1 2 Switch
- Splatoon 2
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2
- Fire Emblem Warriors
- A whole bunch of Dragon Quest Games
- A new Shin Megami Tensei
- Project Octopath Traveler (Okaay..)
- Skyrim (Todd Howard himself confirmed that Skyrim will officially be coming to Switch)
- No More Heroes
- Mario Kart 8
Legend of Zelda will be releasing along with the Switch on the same date: March 3.
Now onto online multiplayer on the Switch. We got a few details regarding the Switch’s online services, which like Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus, will offer exclusive deals and such. It also has a voice chat service, but you need to download the app on your phone first… hmm. You’ll also get a free NES and SNES game to play every month, but only for that month. As in, you can’t keep that game, unlike with PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live, which let you keep the game in your library for as long as you pay for the service.
The Nintendo Switch is releasing on March 3rd and will come with two JoyCons. They have two options, between 2 grey JoyCons or a single neon red and neon blue one. It will be priced at $299.99(Rs. 20,500/- approx) and there will also be several accessories such as extra controllers, a steering wheel etc, which can be bought separately. But be prepared to shell out some green for them as they’re quite heftily priced. A single JoyCon will cost you $49.99(Rs.3,400/- approx) and a pair will cost you $79.99(Rs.5,500/-). If you’re looking to buy another JoyCon grip, that’ll be another $29.99(Rs.2,000/- approx) and the standalone Nintendo Switch Pro Controller will cost you $69.99(Rs.4,800/- approx). An additional Dock will cost you $89.99(Rs.6,100/- approx) and will come with an AC adapter and HDMI cable as well. The steering wheel or JoyCon Wheel, which also comes in a set of 2, will cost you $14.99(Rs.1,000/- approx). Considering the size of those JoyCons though, we expect people will be losing them a lot. And lastly, the console will not be region locked.
Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh
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