Last night, the gaming world watched with anticipation as the Nintendo Switch Presentation emanated live from Tokyo, Japan. We got to see and learn more about the console, its features and the launch line-up of games. Check out the full presentation below:
For brevity, let's run down the list of need-to-know facts about Nintendo Switch.
It can be yours from March 3rd for £279.99
The Nintendo Switch launches internationally on March 3rd 2017, avoiding the typical Q4 release dates set by Xbox and PlayStation. The recommended retail price for the system is £279.99 in the UK and $299.99 in the United States.
It has three modes of play
After much speculation following the initial reveal trailer, Nintendo confirmed that there are three different ways in which to play the Nintendo Switch. These are:
- TV mode - Your typical home console setup. The Nintendo Switch is connected to the official docking station and outputs to a television or monitor, allowing you to play on a big screen with the Joy-Con controller.
- Tabletop mode - The Switch by itself with no dock, propped up with a handy kickstand, again with full use of the Joy-Con controller.
- Handheld mode - The Joy-Con is split in half and attached either side of the Switch, making it resemble a gaming tablet or the Wii U pad.
Along with the three modes of play, the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controller can be split into two mini controllers for two player action. It's a nifty little feature and we can't wait to see how upcoming titles utilise the setup.
The battery lasts between 2.5 and 6.5 hours
Okay, big one this. As the Nintendo Switch is designed to be a portable device, battery life is a big factor when considering a purchase. Nintendo confirmed that the console will have between 2.5 and 6.5 hours of battery life, depending on how intense the console is performing. We'll have to wait and see how much of an effect gameplay has on the battery, but the good news is that the console charges via a USB-C cable. This is a big deal, as it means that Nintendo are starting to move away from unique cables and ports which means less headache for customers sourcing a replacement.
The Joy-Con is basically magic
So, that Joy-Con is a crafty little bugger isn't it? As well as splitting into two separate pads, the controller packs an NFC reader for Amiibo support, an infrared sensor that detects objects, motions and distance (like playing 'rock, paper, scissors') and the 'HD rumble' vibration feature. This might sound like a gimmick at first, but it's an incredibly intriguing addition. The demonstration video highlighted that HD rumble can accurately convey the feeling of ice cubes and water in a glass. Imagine being able to feel the weight of items you encounter in a game world, to have that tactile feedback when using or interacting with objects. That has serious potential.
Online multiplayer comes at a price
Joining the likes of PlayStation and Xbox, the Nintendo Switch will charge for online multiplayer and related features, like voice chat and online lobbies. Hopefully this means that the days of noting down twelve-digit friend codes and a fractured, vague online community are over, but we know this is a move that will anger a few Nintendo fans. We still don't have any details on how much the service will cost, but we do know that paid members can play NES and SNES classics with new multiplayer features for a month at a time. It will be interesting to see how that timed feature is promoted - and if the player base gets behind it.
Games, games, games!
If the Nintendo Switch Presentation had one priority, it was to show players a varied and exciting games library. Well, there's certainly a lot to get excited over. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be a launch title for the Switch, news that is bound to make many fans happy. Everyone's favourite plumber will return in Super Mario Odyssey, a brand new reality-hopping adventure with multiple open worlds. Rounding off the first-party favourites, Splatoon 2 sees the return of multiplayer paint-'em-up action whilst Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Other fan-favourite franchises like Street Fighter, Shin Megami Tensei and Dragon Quest are confirmed to join the Nintendo Switch alongside major third-party titles like FIFA and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Also, the Nintendo Switch will be region-free, meaning that you can play imported games with no limitations. Woo!
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