Nintendo announced during their livestream on Friday the details for the Nintendo Switch. The console – which marries the portable and home gaming experience – is set to launch worldwide on March 3.
Australian pricing comes in at $469.95 AUD. No official word from Nintendo on New Zealand pricing, but retailers are ranging it somewhere around $540-$550 NZD. We’ll keep you updated as an official price tag comes through.
Here’s what’s bundled inside:
“Nintendo Switch is a brand-new kind of home gaming system that offers a wide variety of play modes,” said Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima. “We will introduce the world to new experiences made possible by the unique characteristics of the Nintendo Switch hardware and the Joy-Con.”
When made portable, the Switch features a 6.2-inch screen, outputting at 720p. The display is also capacitive, allowing multi-touch input from fingers. Details about the portable’s battery life are a little vague however. The company claims that it “can last for more than six hours, but [that] will vary depending on the software and usage conditions.”
Joy-Con controllers can be removed from the main system, and shared between players – one for each. The controllers also feature what Nintendo calls HD rumble. “The effect is so detailed that a player could, for example, feel the vibration of individual ice cubes colliding inside a glass when shaking a Joy-Con,” reads the press release, “With HD rumble you can experience a level of realism not possible through sights and sounds alone.”
8 players can be connected for local wireless play. The tablet has a built-in kick stand, allowing you to prop it up and play it on the go with others via the Joy-Con.
In a first for the company, the Switch will premiere a new online subscription service. In the vein of PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, it will follow a subscription model, with a trial period at launch. The service will “include a smart-device application,” but it’s unknown how much this will rely on having another device. The app will be available later this year.
Multiple third-party publishers have signed on for the system, including Activision, EA, Take-Two, Ubisoft, Warner Bros., and Bethesda. FIFA, The Elder Scrolls, NBA 2K, and Minecraft are some of the franchises making their way to Nintendo’s platform. The system won’t be region locked.
There are a selection of first-party games too, including:
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – launches on March 3. A new range of Amiibo will also be made available for purchase.
1-2-Switch – A title where users look at each other instead of the TV. Makes use of the Joy-Con controller and its higher-fidelity rumble motors for a range of mini games. Will be available on March 3.
ARMS – A competitive sports game, where players duke it out using Joy-Cons. Will be available later this autumn.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Retains all the tracks and characters from the Wii U version, plus all of the additional ones introduced via DLC. New characters also join the fray, including Inkling Boy and Girl from Splatoon, King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr. Launches on April 28.
Splatoon 2 – 4-on-4 battles return, with players using an assortment of paint-based weaponry to coat the stage in their colour. Post release content is also set, bringing new stages, cosmetics, and weapons. Set to release in winter.
Super Mario Odyssey – one of Mario’s first sandbox adventures, since Super Mario 64 on the N64 and Super Mario Sunshine on the GameCube. Mario will be able to throw his cap to fight foes, as he travels between worlds on an airship. Set to launch in the 2017 holiday season.
Snipperclips: Cut it out, together! – a cooperative game, which sees players change the shape of their friends to help solve puzzles. Set to release in March on the eShop.
We went hands-on with the Switch during a press event over the weekend. Make sure to keep it locked to NZGamer.com for our opinions!
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