Nintendo Switch presented: price, features and games available.
During this early morning, Nintendo finally held the presentation conference for its new Switch console, finally ending the secrecy that always characterizes the company and confirming the availability date, price, features and the list of games that will be available both from release as soon.
The presentation of the Nintendo Switch took place this morning, at 5:00 AM Spanish time, and although we could not attend it, our colleagues from ADSLZone were there, and from their hand we now bring you all the data that was have confirmed in said presentation.
Price and availability
The data that we all expected has finally been confirmed: the Nintendo Switch will officially go on sale on March 3 for $299. A curious fact is that it has been announced at this price (in dollars) in Europe, but they seem to have forgotten that the Euro is used in these parts, so we don’t know if the conversion will be correct (so it would cost around 260 euros) or if they will make the usual 1:1 change and it will cost 299 euros, most likely. In theory, you can start booking at the usual points of sale (such as GAME or Amazon) from January 21.
UPDATE: It can already be reserved at GAME and its final price seems to be, according to this store, 329.95 euros.
Another interesting fact is that Nintendo is going to the mode of payment for use of online, that is, it joins Microsoft and Sony in this regard. It will be possible to play online for free until autumn of this year (they have not said an exact date), but from then on you will have to pay a monthly fee to be able to enjoy the game online. They have not confirmed the price of said fee or if they will give free games to subscribers as Sony and Microsoft do. By the way, they have also commented that the console will not have a regional block, so we can use any game purchased anywhere in the world, something that is really appreciated, especially considering that the Japanese firm usually launches titles essentially for the japanese market.
Features and news
Everything we already knew is confirmed, practically, although there is some news regarding the hardware of the Nintendo Switch. It has a 6.2-inch capacitive touch screen with HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels), which opens the option for Nintendo DS and Wii U games to work on Switch. It will have 32 GB of internal storage that we can expand using a memory card.
On the other hand, they have talked about the autonomy of the battery, estimating a duration of between 2.5 and 6 hours depending on the use and the game, an autonomy that is not too generous but luckily it will be possible to play while the console is charging through its multi-use USB Type-C port. It will also have WiFi and according to Nintendo we can connect up to 8 consoles to play on LAN within the same local network.
There are novelties in the controls, called Joy-Con. The first is that they will be available in various colors, something that we already knew but that the firm has confirmed to launch in blue and red in addition to the normal gray color. They will have a camera capable of recognizing movements, and Nintendo highlighted the title “1-2 Switch”, a game in which you can play without a screen just looking at your opponent.
Games available at launch
The Japanese firm used almost all the time of the conference to talk about the available games, since at the end of the day this is what will make the console sell. Among the titles we find some old acquaintances, some that we already knew would be released (Skyrim!) and of course the flagship of the console, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a game that will most likely be released on the console in a pack that take it included. The list of announced games is as follows:
- 1-2 switches
- splatoon 2
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Xenoblade 2
- Dragon Quest X
- Dragon Quest XI
- Dragon Quest Heroes I. II
- Skyrim Special Edition.
- Project OCTOPATH TRAVELER
- Fire Emblem Warriors
- Zelda: Breath of the Wild (will be released on console)
- And more than 80 titles in development…
What’s included with the Nintendo Switch
The price of 299 dollars will include the console with its two Joy-Con controls, two straps to be able to “attach” the controls to the wrist, the support to place the console, dock for connection to the television, power cable (Ya it was time Nintendo, it was time…) and an HDMI cable. Initially, a pack will be sold with the controllers in gray and another with one blue and one red.
Via | ADSLZone.