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.