Nintendo finally fully unveiled their new Switch system this morning. They announced the release date, the suggested retail price and a couple of games we can expect this year. Here's everything you need to know!
13-01-2017 - by Thijs Kaagman
This article is being updated as more details become available.
Nintendo opened the Switch presentation by unveiling two very juicy details right off the bat; the Nintendo Switch will release around the world on March 3 this year, for a suggested retail price of €299 or £279.
The package comes with the console itself (the tablet part), a docking station, a left and right JoyCon, JoyCon wriststraps, a JoyCon grip, a HDMI cable and the power supply. At launch, the default color of the console will be dark grey, but there will also be a Neon Blue/Red edition available. A Pro Controller and additional JoyCon controllers are available seperately.
The Switch is said to have a default resolution of 1080p on a television and 720p on the pad. The console does only provide 32gb of internal storage, which is shockingly low to be honest. You can, however, expand this storage through the use of MicroSD cards.
The battery of the Switch should provide between 2,5 to 6 hours of gameplay, depending on the game you're playing. The Switch can connect to the internet through Wifi and supports local multiplayer for up to 8 consoles on the same network.
The JoyCon controllers received the most attention this morning. Both halves of the controller contain gyro- and motion controls and include a new HD Rumble pack. Nintendo claims this new technology is so sensitive, it can make you feel like you're shaking a glass with ice cubes around.
As an added bonus, the Switch will not be region-locked. This means you can import games from the US or Japan without any issues.
After Microsoft and Sony, Nintendo will now also provide a paid online service with the Nintendo Switch. The service will allow players to create teams and invite other players through their smartphone, but there's also word about a free NES and/or SNES game every month. You'll get the chance to try it out for free until Autumn this year, when the service will launch officially.
The big system seller will probably be The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which releases on the same day as the Nintendo Switch. The news came with an impressive story trailer.
1, 2 Switch seems to be the Wii Fit equivalent for the Switch. The game is a collection of minigames that don't neccessarily require a television or the Switch screen to play. Instead, you'll interact with the people around you.
Just Dance 2017 and Skylanders Imaginators are set to launch on March 3 as well.
A new Super Mario, you say? Super Mario Odyssey says goodbye to the Mushroom Kingdom and puts Mario in places that will remind you of the real world. The game is set to release in the holiday season of this year.
Arms is an over-the-top boxing title. Allthough the 1-on-1 battle mode was said to be the main attraction, we're not sure what those other game modes will offer.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe offers pretty much everything you'd expect from the title; Mario Kart 8 with added bonusses.
Splatoon 2 was also announced, set to release later this year.
Then there were Fire Emblem: Warriors and Xenoblade 2.
Patrick Söderlund from EA also took to the stage to talk about about FIFA on the Switch. From what I understood it won't be a port of FIFA 17, but it will be custom built for the Nintendo Switch. I'm not sure what to make of it, but i'm glad EA is back on Nintendo's side, after they ditched the Wii U years ago.