Nintendo gave us our first look at the Nintendo Switch in October 2016.
But in the early hours of this morning loads more details were revealed via a livestream event – video is above (Starts 32 minutes in). So what did we learn from Nintendo’s livestream event?
The Nintendo Switch release date is 3rd March 2017 – Price will be £279.99 UK / $299.99 USA
There will be Online Service that you will have to pay for.
Nintendo will be embracing online functionality, with online multiplayer and chat features. The downside is it’ll only be free until the autumn of 2017, after which it will cost an unannounced amount of money to stay connected.
Wired’s Chris Kohler tweeted that those who subscribe will get a free NES or SNES game each month, Games With Gold/PS Plus-style, and SNES games will have online multiplayer:
Whoa, ok: Subscribers to Switch online will get a monthly free download of an NES or SNES game, and the SNES games will have online play :O
— Regular Chris Kohler (@kobunheat) 13 January 2017
No region locking
Woo Hoo (said in a Mario Voice) This won’t mean much to the average Switch player, but fans of foreign games, you’re in luck: the Switch will not be region locked.
There are three main modes in which you can use Switch
The Switch is both a home console and a handheld device – the ultimate hybrid console.
TV Mode is the “typical video game style,” with the console connected to a TV, with the Joy-Con controllers attached to the Joy-Con Grip, or using the Pro Controller.
Handheld Mode allows you to take the Switch out of its dock, and attach the Joy-Con controllers to the side, in order to “take it with you indoors, outdoors, or wherever you like.”
Tabletop Mode utilizes the Switch’s inbuilt kickstand, and detached Joy-Con controllers, allowing one to two players to similarly enjoy games wherever they like.
The battery life is 2.5 to 6.5 hours, depending on the game you’re playing
When you’ve got your Switch in portable mode, its battery will last between 2.5 to 6.5 hours. More graphically-intense games will eat up more power and thus kill your Switch’s battery quicker, but overall this is similar to a 3DS’ lifespan. But the good news is the Switch features a USB-C connection, you don’t have to rely on your charging dock at home if you need to juice up. And yes, you can play while charging.
You can network up to 8 Switch consoles together!
So you’ve got a Nintendo Switch, and your friend has a Switch. And their friend also has a Switch. And so on and so on. Don’t worry, you won’t all have to crowd around one screen – when you’ve got the Nintendo Switch in portable mode, it can network with up to seven other Nintendo Switch consoles for big multiplayer gaming. Think of all the possibilities. We can’t wait to have a massive Bomberman Tournament!
There’s a share button(!)
Of course there is a share button – It’s all about the Social Media and sharing your best screenshots and videos much like on the PS4 and Xbox One.
With Nintendo Switch you’ll be able to capture your best gaming moments and share them with the world. The console will only support screenshots at launch, but updates down the line will add video recording.
The controllers can be colourful!
We love coloured controllers! Good news: neon red and neon blue Joy-Con controllers will also be available!. These were the only colours announced so far, but we think more will be on the way!
It’s got games, and they look so much fun!
Nintendo wasn’t shy about showing off new software which has always been their biggest strong point, and it looks like a promising slate of both first-party and third-party titles will be coming just around the corner and onward. Here’s the games with release windows:
1, 2, Switch ( 3rd March 3)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (3rd March)
ARMS (Spring 2017)
Splatoon 2 (Summer 2017)
Super Mario Odyssey (Winter 2017)
And here’s the games that were teased – No release dates were given.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Super Bomberman R
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
Other games that were shown
New Shin Megami Tensei
New Square-Enix RPG
Untitled Suda51 Project
What’s in the box?
Two models of Nintendo Switch will be sold at launch. They’re functionally the same, but one has the neon red and neon blue Joy-Con controllers.
Regardless of which you pick up, a retail box will contain:
The Switch console itself, an AC adapter, an HDMI cable, two Joy-Con controllers, the Nintendo Switch dock, two Joy-Con wrist straps (which come with small attachments to add L and R buttons to the Joy-Cons), and the Joy-Con Grip (the handle-like device you slide the Joy-Cons into to form one full-size controller, like some kind of Nintendo-ified Voltron).
We look forward to getting our hands on the Nintendo Switch Console!
For further updates:
Nintendo Switch website: http://www.nintendo.co.uk/NintendoSwitch
Nintendo Switch on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NintendoSwitch
Super Mario website http://nintendo.co.uk/mario
Nintendo UK on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendouk
Nintendo on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nintendo
Splatoon on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Splatoon
The Legend of Zelda on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LegendofZelda
Super Mario on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SuperMario
Mario Kart on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarioKart
amiibo UK on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/amiiboUK
Nintendo UK on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/NintendoUK
Nintendo UK on Twitch http://www.twitch.tv/nintendouk
Nintendo UK on Instagram https://instagram.com/nintendouk/