Back when it was first announced in October of last year, the Nintendo Switch received much deserved hype due to it’s amazing promo teaser video. Not many details were revealed from then till now. Last night, Nintendo held their first conference fully devoted to their brand new console. Here are the most important details that were revealed last night.
Price & Contents
Let’s get the most important thing out of the way first, the Switch is $299. The box will come with the Switch console, the docking station with HDMI and power cables, a pair of Joy-Con controller and the Joy-Con grip. No games have been announced to be contained within the package, but I would hope that they throw in a mini-game bundle just like they did with the original Wii and Wii Sports.
Innovation & Portability
The heart of the Switch is basically a glorified tablet that can be used to either plug to your TV or take on the go. The Switch can slide into a cradle, which plugs to your TV via an HDMI connection. The cradle will also charge your console (which can also be charged via an USB-C connection), for whenever you use it outside your home. The dock enables the Switch to display 1080p resolution while connected, and 720p on it’s 6.2″ handheld display. The handheld display has a decent battery life, ranging from 2.5 to 6 hours depending on it’s use. As an example, Nintendo used it’s new Zelda game and announced that the game takes around 3 hours of battery.
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The controller also changes, depends on whether you have the console dock or not. While docked, you have the option of using the default Joy-Con connected to a “grip” which enables you to have a more traditional control scheme. When used for portable gaming, the Joy-Con’s slide out of the grip and into the sides of the console. Apart from this, the Switch also supports 2 player gaming by just using one pair of Joy-Cons. Each half works independently from each other and contain the same buttons (check the graphic above) which gives you the option of handing the other half to a 2nd player in your home. The controllers also come equipped with HD Rumble (Nintendo’s newest rumble feedback technology), a accelerometer and gyro sensor which will be used for motion based gaming.
Nintendo will stick with the small cartridge format that slide into the console. No new Mario game at launch, Super Mario Odyssey will come by the end of the year. Instead, we get The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wind which will be the Switch’s main launch title. Other titles included at launch are Just Dance 2017, Skylanders Imaginators, and 1-2 Switch. 1-2 Switch is their mini-game bundle which features an assortment of games including quick draw, boxing, fencing, etc. The Switch’s day one line up looks pretty weak but Zelda will be worth it all.
However, the future looks bright as Nintendo is finally getting the 3rd party support that it’s past few consoles have sorely lacked. This time around many well known developers will work on content for the wii, some of these names include Bethesda, Capcom, EA, Ubisoft and Square Enix. The rest of the year has a few promising games already scheduled for launch with many more to be announced. Check out the full list of scheduled games below:
Has Been Heroes (March 2017)
I am Setsuna (March 2017)
Super Bomberman R (March 2017)
Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! (March 2017)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (April 28, 2017)
Sonic Mania (Spring 2017)
Lego City Undercover (Spring 2017)
Arms (Spring 2017)
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ (Spring 2017)
Redout (Spring 2017)
Splatoon 2 (Summer 2017)
NBA 2K18 (September 2017)
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Fall 2017)
Fire Emblem Warriors (Holiday 2017)
Super Mario Odyssey (Holiday 2017)
As of now, the Nintendo Switch seems to bring the innovation from past systems with the support that they’ve previously needed. Even if it doesn’t have anywhere near the best graphics or specs in the market, it looks like a fun system that will aim to please gamers who travel a lot. The Switch has promise, but the question remains whether it will deliver it’s full potential or stall like the Wii U did.
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