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'Nintendo Switch' Presentation Reveals Launch Date, Price, & A Few Games

Written by sdsichero on Friday, January 13 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

'Nintendo Switch' Presentation Reveals Launch Date, Price, & A Few Games

Nintendo hopes you will enJOY their new CONsole


Last October Nintendo finally revealed that their project NX to be the Nintendo Switch, a console that you could take with you to play on the road, or dock to your television. The preview was brief and left fans with a lot of questions. Today, Nintendo set out to answer some of those questions… but only minimally.

In a staged and streamed presentation, Nintendo, gave us a closer look via a few Nintendo-like demonstrations. It turns out that the dockable multi-touch console is not the end of the sales-pitch. The little controllers that slide onto the side of the console, known as Joy-Cons, are pretty fully-featured on their own. These little guys -- which can be used in a grip, separated in two-hands, or as separate controllers for two people -- feature clickable analog sticks, motion controls, an IR motion camera, and "HD rumble". The Joy-Cons lead to new play-style games which they demonstrated with a game called 1-2 Switch (games you play with others without having to look at a screen), and Arms (futuristic boxing game where characters have extendable, aimable arms).

In portable mode, the console will have a battery life ranging from 2.5 to 6.5 hours, and can charge via a USB-C interface. The Switch will come with 32GB internal memory, expandable via microSDXC cards. Unlike the Wii or Wii U, the Switch will be region-free, but unlike the Wii or Wii U, online gaming services will come at a cost (yet to be specified). You can also play via local multiplayer with up to 8 Switch units.

The Nintendo Switch will retail for USD $299.99 and releases worldwide on March 3, 2017. Here's what's in the box:

  •  The Nintendo Switch console
  • Nintendo Switch dock
  • 1 pair of Joy-Cons (either gray or neon blue/neon red)
  • Joy-Con grip
  • 1 pair Joy-Con strap
  • A/C adapter
  • HDMI cable


Several games were revealed during the presentation, mostly via very short introductions. Highlights included:

  • A sequel to the smash-hit Splatoon, Splatoon 2:


  • The next 3D Mario game, Super Mario Odyssey:


  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2:


  • Fire Emblem Warriors - a "musou" style Fire Emblem game
  • Dragon Quest XI
  • Dragon Quest Heroes 1+2
  • A new Shin Megami Tensei game
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • A new game starring Travis Touchdown (No More Heroes)
  • A FIFA game


Here's a sizzle reel of 1st and 3rd party games coming to Switch. Blink and you'll miss some of the games shown (eg. Farming Simulator, Fast RMX, LEGO City Undercover, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Rayman Legends Definitive Edition, Rime, Minecraft: Switch Edition, Sonic Mania, Steep, Super Bomberman R, and Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers):


At the end, Nintendo showed off the game they've been hyping for Switch previous to this, a game that will be one of the only two confirmed launch date games, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild:


Here's the full presentation, fast-forward around 40 minutes past the music show to see it:


As mentioned, there are only two officially scheduled launch games on the Nintendo site, Breath of the Wild and 1-2 Switch. There are other games set to release in March though (Has Been Heroes, Just Dance 2017, Snipperclips - Cut it Out, together!, Super Bomberman R, and I am Setsuna in the USA), hopefully they don't release too long after launch.

So some things answered, a lot not. Fear not though, the Nintendo Treehouse gang (US localization team) will be streaming some gameplay on Friday the 13, at 6:30am PT for a few hours so maybe we'll get more insight then.


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