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Nintendo Switch presentation: All the announcements

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At the official Switch reveal that took place this morning, Nintendo touched on various unannounced news, as well as the console itself. The highlight of the stream, was, of course, the console, and Nintendo did a great job chatting about the features, as well as announced a release date and launch price for the console.

Release Date and Online Services

The Nintendo Switch will release on 3 March 2017 in the U.S, Japan, and Europe. The console will retail for $299, with an unannounced price in the UK. Nintendo also revealed that the console will launch with a new paid online service, of which gamers will pay a monthly subscription for. Nintendo did not reveal what this monthly subscription would cost, but it has been revealed that subscribers will get free games that will mainly consist of NES and SNES titles at launch.

There will also be no region locking on the Nintendo Switch, this means that the Switch is Nintendo's first ever gaming hardware that will no longer be restricted by region. This has been a feature that has come under scrutiny over the years, so it is nice to be able to buy games and content from any region and play it on the console.

Nintendo Switch Play Style

Nintendo focused heavily on the different play styles of the Switch. There are three main ways to use the console, that makes the it so unique.

  1. The traditional home console mode that sees the hardware plugged into the dock, and then into your TV.
  2. The second mode is more personal as the console's screen used as a portable TV, and with the kick-stand, it can be placed on the table in front of you and you can play off that.
  3. The third mode is using the console as a portable gaming device. With the Joy-Con attached to it, the console will look and feel like a new portable gaming experience, and every game is completely playable this way. 

As for the screen itself, Nintendo says it has a battery life that spans between two and a half hours, and six hours; depending on the brightness of the screen, and game being played. The screen will no longer require a specific charger to charge it, as it will make use of a standard USB Type-C cable. The screen can be used while charging, and charged automatically while docked in the TV dock, The touch screen is also mutli-touch, and will also be used for various game mechanics.

Technical Specs

Although the console has three playing modes, the game quality will change when not docked into the docking station. According to Polygon, this resolution goes from 1080p while docked, to 720 while in portable mode. Here are some other technical specs we know about the console at the moment.

  • 1080p when docked into the docking station
  • 720p screen when playing in portable mode
  • 32GB storage space, expandable via MicroSD
  • 2-6 hour battery life
  • Joy-Con chargeable via dock or USB
  • Screen uses USB Type-C to charge while docked and in portal mode
  • Local multiplayer supports up to eight consoles

Joy-Con Controller

The Joy-Con controllers have more going for it than meets the eye. The hardware behind the controller is pretty cool, and by looking at it you would never know what is going on inside of it. There are various buttons and features on the controllers that will enhance your gaming experience. From the media button that will take screenshots and record videos while playing, to the built-in camera that detects movement and distance between objects. Nintendo says that the camera can even detect hand gestures such as rock, paper, and scissor gestures.

One of the coolest features however, is the new vibration technique called “HD Rumble”. This new hardware feature will let you feel the slightest vibration in your hand through the controller. Nintendo used a glass for example, saying how if you had a glass in your hand, the feeling of ice being dropped in it can be replicated to the exact precision. The motion sensors in the Joy-Con also add different ways to play.

Think of them as much smaller Wii Motion Plus controllers where your arm movements can be used to swing a tennis racket, and even a boxing glove. The controllers will come with wrist straps that will attach to your wrist to prevent them from flying off and hitting something. Nintendo also revealed that they will come in difference colour variations such as neon green, and red. You will be able to buy extra Joy-Con controllers to use on the system, and keep them as backup when the battery goes flat. However, Nintendo did not mention the battery life of the Joy-Con controllers.

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The Nintendo Switch would be nothing without its games, and Nintendo made sure to show off some very cool upcoming games. However, turns out that Switch  launch day games leak wasn't correct.

1-2 Switch

  • Release Date: 3 March 2017

1-2 Switch is a party game that will make use of the JoyCon controller’s sensors. The game will have different mini games built into it such as tennis, sword fighting, and a western-styled shooting experience. The game is a launch title for the Switch, and will release on 3 March alongside the console.

Arms

  • Release Date: Winter 2017

This multiplayer fighting game will make use of the controller’s sensors to replicate a boxing experience with a twist. You fighter has a spring-like arm that extends and hit the opponent. You will use your arm movements to face off against other fighters in a colourful arena. Each fighter will have a unique fighting style and look to them.

Splatoon 2

  • Release Date: Winter 2017

Our favourite in shooter is getting a sequel on the Switch. Splatoon 2 will pack all the fun we had in the original, but adapt it to the Switch’s three main play styles. Look at the trailer below.

Super Mario Odyssey

  • Release Date: Holiday 2017

Nintendo are calling the latest Mario game their most ambitious yet. The game is a sandbox Mario experience, that will take players from the modern city, to the dense, magical forests. What we saw from the game, it looks like it could be a rival to Super Mario 64.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

  • Release Date: 3 March 2017

Probably the most anticipated game for the Switch is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Nintendo revealed that the game will be releasing for the console on 3 March 2017. This means that you can buy the console on day one, and play the game. The latest trailer that was shown at the event did a great job at building the hype by setting the stage for a massive open world experience, with a stellar soundtrack, and what seems to be the biggest Zelda game ever created.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

  • Release Date: 28 April 2017

Fire Emblem Warriors

  • Release Date: TBA

Sonic Mania 

  • Release Date: TBA

Super Bomberman R

  • Release Date: TBA

Xenoblade 2

  • Release Date: TBA

Puyo Puyo Tetris

  • Release Date: TBA

Other Switch games

Nintendo did not focus much on these games, but they did announce other games in development for the console. Here are some other games you will see headed to the Switch in future. 

  • FIFA
  • NBA 2K18
  • Shin Megami Tensei
  • Project Ocapath Traveller
  • Skyrim
  • Dragon Quest Heroes I + II
  • New Sonic title
  • Dragonball Z title
  • Lego City Uncover 2
  • Rayman: Legends
  • Farming Simulator
  • Just Dance
  • Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
  • Minecraft

Hardware Bundles

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There will be two bundles available come launch of the Switch. The standard bundle comes with the console in grey with grey Joy-Con controllers, and the other bundle is the same, with the only added difference of the Joy-Con controllers being in neon red, and the other in neon blue. 

 

Not the launch we were looking for

While we now know when the Switch will be launching, which is pretty soon, the launch lineup leaves much to be desired.

All I hope for is that Nintendo makes more of an effort to make sure that gamers who want to take the dive into the console in March, have more to play than two games, and probably a handful of Virtual Console games such as NES and SNES titles.

While The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a console seller, we will need more than that to move us. One thing I can say however, is the Switch looks awesome, and with a $299 retail price, it puts it in direct competition between a PS4 Slim and Xbox One S. Nintendo will just have to have the games to make it look appealing.

Will you be buying the Switch, or are you going to wait for more games to release first?

 

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"the launch lineup leaves much to be desired"

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