After their teaser trailer from October last year, Nintendo has finally come on stage to announce all the specifics about the device. First of all, the console will retail for $299.99 in the US, alongside its release in Canada, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong and other countries on March 3, 2017.
The Switch is Nintendo’s bet in an area of gaming technology that never really caught along. A console which works great connected to a TV and be used as a personal portable gaming device usually results in significant compromises in design or processing capabilities. With the Switch, however, Nintendo is promising a smooth transition between physical gaming environments (hence the name “Switch”), all while playing fairly graphically intensive games.
There are three modes/styles of using the Switch:
1. Use the Nintendo Switch Dock to hook up the console to the TV and play games using the Joy-con Grip.
2. Slide in the Joy-con controllers on the sides of the Switch and use it like a portable console.
3. With one controller in each hand, use the Switch’s display by using the integrated kickstand to make the console stand up on any flat surface.
You can also purchase the Nintendo Switch Pro gamepad if you find the in-the-box controllers uncomfortable.
Perhaps the most innovative part of the Switch is its controllers, which are individually called “Joy-con”. They slot in on the sides of the Nintendo Switch or on the Joy-con Grip. The left and right units can either be used together or separately by two people. However, the two sides are not identical. The Joy-con packs motion tracking, IR sensors, haptic feedback motors to allow for new experiences with games. Nintendo will also include the Joy-con straps, which add a hand strap and a few buttons to the left and right controllers, additionally improving their performance for motion-tracking based games.
And with that,
let’s talk games!
1. Super Mario Odyssey - a mashup between GTA and Mario? Yes! Super Mario Odyssey is an open-world experience that takes you beyond the Mushroom Kingdom. It will be available during holiday season 2017, and it seems to be a highly anticipated game for the experience that it offers.
2. 1, 2, Switch - this game, developed in-house for the Switch, really showcases the multiplayer and Joy-con abilities of the new console. With two players facing each other (and not the screen), they can play games like a quick draw shooting game that uses the motion sensors and IR in the Joy-con to play the virtual battle.
3. Arms - Another new release, this game is a boxing game that takes advantage of the Joy-con controllers. It’s a high intensity active game that you can play with the computer or with a friend.
4. Splatoon 2 - paint the world more to win! Again, this game is powered by the Joy-con.
5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - this game will be available from day on the Switch, because it is the most anticipated game for the Switch undoubtedly. With a large Zelda fanbase, this might end up being a major selling point for the console.
In addition to these games, FIFA, Skyrim, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will also be coming to the Switch in this year.