Nintendo Switch Details

 
 

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.

The System

Here’s what’s bundled inside:

  • Main console
  • Joy-Con controllers (left and right)
  • Joy-Con Grip (controllers are attached to it on either side to make a controller)
  • Joy-Con wrist straps
  • Nintendo Switch dock (holds the main console, and connects it to your TV)
  • HDMI cable
  • AC adapter

“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.

The Games

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!

Will you be picking up a Switch at launch? Or have you had trouble getting a pre-order in already? Let us know in the comments below!



 

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Comments Comments (20)

 
Posted by Dodgykiwi
On Monday 16 Jan 2017 10:21 AM
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Mightyape & JBhifi says it's $548 & Ebgames say $549 but that could just be a placeholder price.
 
 
 
Posted by Bank
On Monday 16 Jan 2017 10:23 AM
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As much as I want this so I can enter the world of JP Ninten games, I have to pass. Too many time-sinks already - and having the money = dangerous.
 
 
 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Monday 16 Jan 2017 10:36 AM
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16 January 2017, 10:21 AM Reply to Dodgykiwi
Mightyape & JBhifi says it's $548 & Ebgames say $549 but that could just be a placeholder price.
Nope, that's the official price. EB's placeholder was $999 before the announcement.
 
 
 
Posted by Dodgykiwi
On Monday 16 Jan 2017 10:44 AM
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Man they must do a huge markup in this country because with the exchange rate it should only be about $495.
 
 
 
Posted by 163Battery
On Monday 16 Jan 2017 10:46 AM
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Sounds interesting and I hope it does well. Competition in the industry is always good. I won't be picking it up, can't afford it and I am happy with the Xbox One.

I have never owned any Nintendo console but have played on many of their different ones over the years so have a fair bit of nostalgia for Nintendo. Same with Sega. I had a Dreamcast and thought it was great. Really sucks that it didn't work out for them and they dropped out of the console market after that. I have a lot of nostalgia for the old Sega systems too.
 
 
 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Monday 16 Jan 2017 11:05 AM
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Won't be a day one purchase but I am quite sure eventually we'll end up with one. Needs a lower price and more games before I'd consider getting it. The controller prices are too steep also.
 
 
 
Posted by CoffeeAddict
On Monday 16 Jan 2017 11:07 AM
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16 January 2017, 11:05 AM Reply to jtbthatsme
Won't be a day one purchase but I am quite sure eventually we'll end up with one. Needs a lower price and more games before I'd consider getting it. The controller prices are too steep also.
Pretty much what i was thinking as well. Maybe by next Christmas once Mario is on its way i'll take the plunge.

Currently got several PSVR games and Horizon in my sights.
 
 
 
Posted by ericaf95
On Monday 16 Jan 2017 12:41 PM
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Do we know which games will be available at launch? With the obvious exception of Breath of the Wild, I haven't been able to find out much about that.
 
 
 
Posted by atipuss
On Monday 16 Jan 2017 1:05 PM
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Won't be getting it day one...maybe later with more games
 
 
 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Monday 16 Jan 2017 1:52 PM
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16 January 2017, 12:41 PM Reply to ericaf95
Do we know which games will be available at launch? With the obvious exception of Breath of the Wild, I haven't been able to find out much about that.
Its launch line-up is Just Dance 2017, Super Bomberman R, Has-Been Heroes, The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, and 1 2 Switch

The rest of the Switch's game release schedule:

March:
SnipperClippers
Fast RMX

April:
Super Mario Odyssey (Apr 28),
LEGO City: Undercover April 28 (estimated),

Spring:
Disgaea 5 Complete
RIME
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Arms
Summer:
Splatoon 2

Autumn:
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Holiday 2017:
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Source: Another site which shall not be named.
 
 
 
Posted by ericaf95
On Monday 16 Jan 2017 2:39 PM
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16 January 2017, 01:52 PM Reply to Nick2016NZ
Its launch line-up is Just Dance 2017, Super Bomberman R, Has-Been Heroes, The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, and 1 2 Switch

The rest of the Switch's game release schedule:

March:
SnipperClippers
Fast RMX

April:
Super Mario Odyssey (Apr 28),
LEGO City: Undercover April 28 (estimated),

Spring:
Disgaea 5 Complete
RIME
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Arms
Summer:
Splatoon 2

Autumn:
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Holiday 2017:
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Source: Another site which shall not be named.
Oh wow, thanks! The line up's looking a bit bare. My only concern is how long it'll take to get my hands on a Switch if I don't pre-order :/
 
 
 
Posted by predatorhunter
On Monday 16 Jan 2017 3:09 PM
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Looks likely to follow the same fate as the wii u
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Monday 16 Jan 2017 4:22 PM
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Yay more membership fees.
 
 
 
Posted by FreddlePopGameS
On Monday 16 Jan 2017 5:26 PM
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I would love to buy one at launch but I don't think I will.

I think the games announced are good but they're just spread out too far apart with not enough concrete info on other games coming.

I love that Zelda is day one. To me this is the equivalent of having a brand new Uncharted at launch for a new PlayStation console or a new Xbox launching with a brand new Halo game. It's that big of a game and it looks so good with the direction they've taken it.

I'm weary of the online service cause you know...Nintendo, but I hope they can have something unique and somethings that draws you in to actually want to pay and play it.

I personally think the console is awesome and a nice piece of tech but again I feel Nintendo just misread their launches and are never really prepared.

Still, as a Nintendo fan I can't really complain when you get a brand new Zelda, Mario and revitalized Mario Kart with a bunch of new content all in one calendar year.
 
 
 
Posted by twisterjamz
On Monday 16 Jan 2017 5:58 PM
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I'm gonna get one at some stage, just not at launch, might end up getting it when Super Mario Odyssey comes out
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Monday 16 Jan 2017 7:06 PM
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I think it will certainly be more popular than the Wii U, but post launch once the Nintendo fanboys, early adopters and Zelda fans buy all the launch units I feel there will be a larger than usual fall off.
To me they didnt learn enough from the WII U failure in terms of their games lineup, Mario should be a launch title or within a month, wheres Metroid? should have that out within a month or two max of launch. Get the units out with your own lineup and the 3rd party devs will follow. If they didnt purposely hold back with Zelda to make it a release title the Switch would have bombed in my view. Also its a pretty expensive unit for those specs.
 
 
 
Posted by Wertbag
On Monday 16 Jan 2017 9:38 PM
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So it's expensive, underpowered with a limited game list... I really can't see this appealing to any but the hardcore nintendo fans. Once the sales slow the 3rd party devs won't risk throwing money at it.
Love the idea but can't see it being successful.
 
 
 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Monday 16 Jan 2017 10:55 PM
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16 January 2017, 09:38 PM Reply to Wertbag
So it's expensive, underpowered with a limited game list... I really can't see this appealing to any but the hardcore nintendo fans. Once the sales slow the 3rd party devs won't risk throwing money at it.
Love the idea but can't see it being successful.
Expensive, underpowered, limited games. Nintendo in a nutshell.
 
 
 
Posted by predatorhunter
On Tuesday 17 Jan 2017 1:02 PM
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16 January 2017, 10:55 PM Reply to Nick2016NZ
Expensive, underpowered, limited games. Nintendo in a nutshell.
Yea i firmly believe nintendo needs to stop making home consoles stick to handheld and just develop 3rd party.
 
 
 
Posted by Rapidity
On Tuesday 17 Jan 2017 8:19 PM
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Games wise it's going to be pretty bare bones, most of those games look gimmicky and would barely me entertained for more than an hour total, not to mention Skyrim isn't even the remastered edition, it's the original game. There isn't even a headphone jack that allows for mic input, apparently you have to download an app for your phone and use that, also I don't believe there is even party chat between games.