Nintendo announced during their recent Nintendo Switch™ event that their new console will be available March 3, 2017 for $299.99. We also got a ton of other information about the console, available features, and games that will be available for it. I’ll be breaking this information up into a few posts – so stay tuned.
When you purchase a Nintendo Switch, here’s what you’ll get in the box:
Nintendo Switch Console
Nintendo Switch Dock
(2) Joy-Con Controllers (Left and Right)
(2) Joy-Con Wrist Straps
There will be two variations available, one with grey Joy-Con controllers (pictured above), and one with a neon red and neon blue Joy-Con controllers (pictured in the featured image for this article). Both versions will cost the same amount.
If you haven’t seen them already, Joy-Con controllers are the small, clever controllers that slide onto the sides of the Nintendo Switch or onto the Joy-Con Grip. They’re packed with accelerometers, gyroscopes, an NFC reader/writer, an IR camera, and more, making them incredibly versatile. They’ll even have a capture button to take screenshots, and eventually video, that you’ll be able to share with friends.
How Does It Work?
The Nintendo Switch can be used in three different modes: TV Mode, Tabletop Mode, and Handheld Mode. When you want to play the Switch on your TV, you plug the console into the dock. This is when you might make use of the Joy-Con Grip, to convert the controllers into a single more traditional controller. Also available as an optional extra will be a Pro Controller that is more similar to your standard console controller.
When you’re ready to take your game with you, simply slide the console out of the dock and set it up on a table using the kickstand on the back – this is Tabletop mode. By setting the console on a table, you can easily pop the Joy-Con controllers off of the Grip (or off of the console itself) and play local multiplayer with friends and family.
Finally, slide the Joy-Con controllers onto the sides of the console to convert it into Handheld mode. This configuration is somewhat similar to how you might use a Wii U GamePad. Whether you’re moving to another part of your house, or going outside, this makes the Nintendo Switch truly portable. When running the Switch on battery, it will last between 2.5-6.5 hours depending on the game.
As for multiplayer options, you’ll be able to do local multiplayer on a single Switch, online multiplayer, and you’ll be able to link up to 8 Switch’s for more robust local multiplayer as well. Regarding the online multiplayer, Nintendo is going to offer this as a paid service eventually, but they’re letting everyone try it for free until the Fall of 2017.
At this time we know that the following titles will be available at launch:
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Bomberman R
And while it isn’t at launch, there are several titles confirmed for Spring release dates:
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Has Been Heroes
Just Dance 2017
Snipperclips – Cut it out, together!
LEGO® CITY Undercover
I Am Setsuna
There are over 50 companies currently working on more than 80 games for the Switch, as well as a bunch of other Nintendo titles coming later in the year.