The Nintendo Switch was announced in the Fall of last year, but early this morning we finally got some information on the console. The biggest news– The Nintendo Switch will cost $299 and will land on March 3. This will be a worldwide launch, but no word on particular region pricing has been announced just yet. At launch there will be two versions of the console, the only difference will be the color it comes in. Nintendo will launch an all gray console and one that features Neon colored controllers.
Similar to Nintendos previous consoles, you get a handheld gaming system and a full-fledged unit that is hardwired. The Switch itself has a 6.2-inch display and a battery that can last up to 10 hours. However, this battery life will depend on the game and how taxing it is. The Switch has a Joy-Con controllers, both a left and right variant come in the box. These are traditional controllers with a joystick and four buttons.
While each Joy-Con can be attached to the switch, they make a “Joy-Con Grip” which allows them to be connected and act as a traditional controller. There is a lot of technology packed into each controller, explaining the $50 cost, including an IR sensor and NFC technology. Nintenodo is including “1,2 Switch” a collection of games in the box, which introduces you to the Joy-Con experience.
When you want a full console experience, the Nintendo Switch gets docked, and you can use the Joy-Con Grip with the controllers. This requires an HDMI Cable and AC Adapter, both of which are included in the box. You can also charge the Nintendo Switch via a USB-C port, which is ideal for on the go gaming.
There are over 80 titles in development for Nintendo’s latest console– These are from developers like Activision Publishing Inc., Electronic Arts, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and others. You will also see EA Sports coming back to Nintendo for one of the first times in recent history. And yes, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a launch day title and will be available on March 3, 2017.
The Nintendo Switch should have some more launch day titles as well. The console itself will be launching on March 3, 2016, for $299.