Nintendo Switch Announcement Roundup – 1/12

Holy crap, that was something. I haven’t been this excited for a Nintendo release in years, definitely not since the launch of the Wii. Let’s round up what was announced.

Down to Business

The Switch will release worldwide on March 3rd. It will retail for $299.99 and include the following:

  • The Switch main unit
  • 2 Joycons
  • The Dock
  • 2 Joycon wrist straps
  • Joycon Grip
  • HDMI Cable
  • AC Adapter

The Switch will feature a more robust online service akin to XBox Live or Playstation Plus. It will be free at launch, but it will become a paid service in the fall. The breakdown of the free vs. paid features is below:

Free online features:

  • Nintendo Switch eShop
  • Register and manage friends
  • Share screenshots to social media
  • Access to parental controls

Paid service (Free until the fall)

  • Online multiplayer
  • Online lobbies and voice chat
  • Free monthly game
  • Exclusive deals

There are some additional items that are sold separately:

  • Pro Controller with HD Rumble and NFC Sensor – $69.99
  • Extra set of Joycons – $79.99
  • Individual Joycon – $49.99
  • Joycon Grip/Charger – $29.99
  • Switch Dock & cables  -$89.99
  • Joycon wheels (2) – $14.99

Technical Details

Here are some previous details about the Switch we were foggy on.

  • The main Switch unit will have a MicroSD card slot. It will run on cartridges as we already know, so storage should only be a problem for digital games, since saves can stay on the cartridge.
  • The dock will have 3 USB slots, one HDMI out and a power port.
  • As the patents showed, the Joycons will have shoulder buttons, and the Right Joycon will have an NFC sensor and an IR sensor.
  • Both Joycons will have a new feature called “HD Rumble,” which is supposed to produce realistic sensations. They mentioned that it is able to reproduce the sensation of ice cubes being dropped into a glass, and then water being poured into it. That’s pretty impressive!
  • Battery life will vary from 2 to 6 hours depending on the game. As an example, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will deplete the battery in 3 hours.
  • The unit will have 32GB of on-board memory. Meh.
  • The Switch screen will indeed be a 720p, capacitive touch screen.
  • The system is (finally!) Region Free!

The Games

Here is the list of confirmed games so far:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – March 3, 2017
  • 1 2 Switch – March 3, 2017
  • Snipperclips – Cut It Out, Together! – March 2017
  • Super Bomberman R – March 2017
  • Just Dance 2017 – March 2017
  • Has Been Heroes – March 2017
  • I Am Setsuna – March 2017
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – April 28, 2017
  • Arms – Spring 2017
  • LEGO City Undercover – Spring 2017
  • Sonic Mania – Spring 2017
  • Splatoon 2 – Summer 2017
  • NBA 2K18 – September 2017
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Fall 2017
  • Super Mario Odyssey – Holiday 2017
  • FIFA – TBD
  • Minecraft – TBD
  • Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers – TBD
  • Disgaea 5 Complete – TBD
  • Arcade Archives – TBD
  • Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 – TBD
  • Farming Simulator – TBD
  • Fast RMX – TBD
  • Fire Emblem Warriors – TBD
  • Minecraft: Story Mode – TBD
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris – TBD
  • Rayman Legends – Definitive Edition – TBD
  • Shin Megami Tensei (Working Title) – TBD
  • Skylanders Imaginators – TBD
  • Syberia 3 – TBD
  • Steep – TBD
  • Project Sonic 2017 (Working Title) – TBD
  • Rime – TBD
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – TBD
  • Dragon Quest X – TBD
  • Dragon Quest XI – TBD
  • Dragon Quest Heroes I & II – TBD
  • Project Octopath Traveller – TBD
  • No More Heroes (Working Title) – TBD

Whew! So that was a lot! We still have the Nintendo Treehouse presentation tomorrow too! See you tomorrow!

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