The Nintendo Switch now has a launch date and price, announced in Tokyo by Nintendo. The worldwide release date is the 3rd March and will retail for $300US. In this announcement, Nintendo confirmed some rumours about the specs of the Switch.
The Nintendo Switch
For those who do not know, the Nintendo Switch is the gaming console redefined. Nintendo’s always had a talent for portable gaming and affordable consoles. So, the Switch is an affordable console and portable gaming system.
The screen of the Switch is a capacitive 6.2-inch 1280 x 720 touchscreen. Some Wii U and DS games will come to the console for a bigger library of games. The internal storage is 32GB. There are a microSD card slot and USB ports for extra storage. The USB ports will also be for charging options.
Battery life depends on the game played. Nintendo claims a fully charged battery can last between 2.5 hours and 6 .5 hours. A USB Type-C connector charges the console.
Control the Game
The controllers, or Joy-Cons, are like update Wii remotes. The Joy-Cons have easy to reach shoulder buttons and a screenshot button. The unit contains motion sensors and a camera to read distance or understand gestures. A moving rumble unit shakes the controller as you play a game.
Up to 8 players can connect their consoles for multiplayer mode. The detachable controllers come off for two player games. The controllers will be in monochrome, blue or red.
The games announced so far include a Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Fire Emblem: Warriors, Dragon Quest X and XI, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and about 80 other titles in development.
Game developers for the console include 505 Games, Activision, Atlus, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Bethesda, Capcom, Codemasters, EA, From Software, Frozenbyte, Hamster, Inti Creates. Konami, Levels, Maximum Games, Ubisoft, Warner Brothers, Autodesk, Criware, Dena, Epic Gams, Fmod, Unity, Square Enix and more
An online service will be available to users. The service will cost a monthly fee, and users will get access to online and temporary access to some NES and SNES games. Games will not have a region lock on them, either. So, an American user can play a Japanese version without any problems.
Nintendo’s Switch looks good and like it is much fun. For the next few months, six cities around the world will have the console on display.