Nintendo Switch Release Date, Price and Specs

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Last October, Nintendo revealed their latest console in years. The Nintendo Switch: a new gaming system that’s portable (like a Game Boy) but also allows it to be connected to your TV. It has been designed as a stand alone device and as a powerful and portable gaming system with wireless motion controllers that snap into place.

This January, Nintendo announced that the Switch will go on sale in March, 2017. Like the Nintendo Wii, many will see it as gimmick console could make it a must-have console. Priced at £280/$300 we assume the cost will be justified when it is released.

So here is everything we know so far about Nintendo’s Switch!

The device can be connected to your TV, or it can be played on the go. 

Nintendo demonstrated that the Switch will be able to played on your TV by connecting it to a dedicated stand. The controllers can be detached from it’s sides and used as a wireless motion controllers, just like the ones on the Nintendo Wii. The ‘Nintendo Switch Dock’ is where the device lives when it used as a TV gaming system. It charges the system (tablet) while docked and it allows you to continue playing the content on the TV.

It’s battery is not awesome, but you won’t need an extension lead with you all the time. 

The Switch will give you a battery life between 2.5 and 6hrs while on the go. Depending on the content consumption and other factors, I think this is too much of a gap between the estimated battery life. We will update this article once we get a more solid figure.

“The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played for roughly three hours on a single charge,”

“The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played for roughly three hours on a single charge,” says Nintendo. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but it does come with a USB-C charging slot so you can use your existing charging cable or you can slot it into it’s dock.

You can switch between TV mode and hand-held mode quickly. 

In the video above people can be seen playing games on their TV, then popping the device out of it’s docking station and playing on the move. Nintendo says the Switch will output a 1,920×1080 pixel resolution image, even though the Switch’s internal screen is only 1,280×720 pixel resolution.

The Nintendo Switch is a touch screen gaming system.

As we mentioned above the Switch is a tablet based gaming console, it will boast a 6.2-inch 1,280×720 capacitative touch screen. We hope Nintendo uses this touch screen to good use, we don’t know if app developers will be given permission to develop games for the system.

 

 

It comes with everything you need in the box.

You won’t need to buy any extras to go with your new device. The system comes with all you need to get up and running, including a HDMI cable and Nintendo Switch Dock.

You will be able to play games bought from a different country, but it will not be backwards compatible. 

Nintendo says you will be able to play games bought from different countries, great for when you see a game you really like on your vacation. Although the cartridge slot looks very similar to the one on Nintendo Wii, the Switch will not be backwards compatible.

So what games will it play?

Nintendo says that there are over 80 game titles in active development which include:

  • Splatoon 2 – Summer 2017
  • Super Mario Odyssey – a different Mario game set in the real world? Coming Holiday 2017
  • Fire Emblem Warriors
  • The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – April 2017
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • FIFA
  • Skylanders Imaginators – March 2017
  • Minecraft
  • ARMS, a cartoony multiplayer boxing game that uses the two Joy-Pads wirelessly – Spring 2017
  • 1-2 Switch, a quick-draw shooting game that uses one wireless controller each
  • A new RPG from the Bravely Default team
  • A new Shin Megami Tensei game
  • A new game in the No More Heroes franchise (from developer Suda51)
  • NBA 2K18
  • Super Bomberman R
  • Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
  • Has Been Heroes
  • Just Dance 2017
  • Disgaea 5 Complete
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris
  • Rime
  • Steep
  • Fast RMX
  • Syberia 3
  • Sonic Mania
  • Project Sonic 2017
  • Lego City Undercover
  • I Am Setsuna
  • Rayman Legends Definitive Edition

The Joy-Cons

The Joy-Cons are what Nintendo calls the motion controllers on the Switch. They are very similar yet different to the ones on the Wii. They are both motion controllers but the Joy-Cons have some hidden depth. You can hand one Joy-Con to your friend which can be used as a stand alone controller (no need to purchase an extra controller). They’ve got haptic feedback, NFC, infrared and lastly a ‘Capture’ button which will allow you to share your screen shots with friends on social media.

 

 

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