Nintendo has finally come out with a bang showcasing their latest console the Nintendo Switch in a worldwide livestream that showcased key features for the console, the console’s price point and some key games and partners.
Coming in at a USD $299.99 ($400-450AUD), the Switch is pricier than expected and is scheduled to launch this March 3rd in multiple regions. The Nintendo Switch Online service will be a pay-wall service like PSN and Xboxlive Gold but gamers will be able to try out the service for free til Fall.
The Switch’s battery life is an expected 2.5 to 6.5 hours while used as a handheld. The Switch will be Region Free to the delight of importers everywhere.
As previously showcased, the Joy-Con controllers are designed to be shareable for local multiplayer but today, Nintendo also showcased Motion control features for the Switch as well as HD Rumble.
- 32 GB of internal storage.
- Expand its storage with microSDHC and microSDXC.
- Switch dock has two USB ports
- The Switch handheld has a capactive touch screen
- 2.5-6.5 hours of battery
- The Joy-con can scan Amiibos with its NFC reader chip
- The Joy-con has a capture button
- The Joy-con has an accelerometer and gyro-sensor, making independent left and right motion control possible.
- Switch unit itself charges via a USB-C port on the bottom.
- Wireless internet will work over the 802.11ac standard
- The console will support up to eight systems over a local Wi-Fi connection.
Games showcased on the live stream include:
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, 1-2-Switch, ARMS. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey.
The Nintendo Switch will be released worldwide on March 3 for $299 USD and sold in two configurations: gray Joy-Con controllers or neon red and blue Joy-Con devices.