The Nintendo Switch: Everything You Need To Know

Ever since Nintendo dropped a mysterious-but-alluring trailer for its upcoming console, we’ve all been itching with anticipation for more news. Shown to be a fusion of a handheld gaming device and a console, the latest Nintendo product heralded some innovative features in the world of gaming.

Originally thought to be called the NX, Nintendo’s new console is actually being dubbed the “Switch.” And after a recent press conference held by Nintendo in Tokyo we finally have some concrete details on the Japanese gaming company’s latest endeavour in the console market.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new console so that you’re fully prepared and can make an informed decision as to whether you want to get on pre-ordering a Nintendo Switch.

The Basic Breakdown

The Nintendo Switch will officially launch on March 3rd around the world, set at a price of $299.99 in North America. In terms of technical specs, the Switch will feature a 6.2 inch, 720p display running at a rate of 1280×720 when functioning as a handheld console. When docked and attached to a TV, the Switch can showcase visuals at 1080p.

Memory and storage won’t exactly be a strong suit of the Switch as the console will only provide gamers with 32GB of storage. MicroSD cards can be used to store games, however, offering more space for saved files and downloaded content.

Battery Life

If the Switch is going to be successful as both a handheld device and a console, it needs to have adequate battery life. Nintendo is promising the Switch will be able to run anywhere from 2.5 to 6 hours when removed from its dock. The length of battery life will depend on the game being played, with more graphical intensity resulting in a shorter battery lifespan.

Charging this Nintendo device won’t be much of a hassle, fortunately, as Nintendo has built the Switch to recharge using a USB-C. This is the first time Nintendo isn’t forcing users to recharge their device with a charger designed solely for their product, as is the case with the current generation of Gameboys.

The Controller

Playing the Switch will be done with what Nintendo is calling the “Joy-Con” controller. Available in grey, blue, and red, the Joy-Con will be detachable from the Switch, depending on whether you’re playing on the go or at home. Each Joy-Con will feature an accelerometer and gyroscope to allow for motion-influenced gaming, much like the Wii. A capture button will also be on the controller for taking pictures or recording gameplay. Finally, the Joy-Con will immerse gamers through what Nintendo is calling “HD Rumble,” promised to be a new level of precision when it comes to rumble-effects in gaming.

Online Play

Much like Sony and Microsoft have already done, Nintendo is creating an online gaming service when the Switch launches. This will be a paid online subscription but early buyers of the Switch will be able to test it out for free during a trial period shortly after launch. Nintendo has stated that free classic NES/SNES games will be given to subscribers every month.

The Games

Twelve games will be available for purchase when the Switch launches. The most anticipated of these titles is easily the latest iteration of the popular Legend of Zelda series, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Another title, 1,2 Switch is also somewhat interesting, being a mini-game centric title that will showcase the Switch’s unique gaming capabilities.

The full list of launch games are below:

  • 1, 2 Switch
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Just Dance 2017
  • Has Been Heroes
  • Snipperclips
  • Super Bomberman R
  • Disgaea 5 Complete
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris
  • Rayman Legends
  • Steep
  • Skylanders: Imaginators
  • I Am Setsuna

Two other rather anticipated titles will launch some time after the Switch’s launch. The first is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a newly improved version of the Wii U game that will launch on April 28th. Second is Super Mario Odyssey, a new open-world adventure for the famous Italian plumber that has a release date set for the holidays.

And that’s pretty much everything you need to know about the Switch thus far. Pre-orders are already being taken by major electronics stores, so get on it now if you want a Switch come March!

Featured image courtesy of BagoGames

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