Nintendo finally appeased all of us by releasing major details like the price, release date and battery life of their newest console, the Switch. We now know that the Switch will officially be released on March 3, 2017.
The initial price of the Switch is set at $299, and there’s two different bundles: one that will get you the grey controllers, the other will get you red and blue controllers (which is called the neon package).
The Switch will have up to six hours of battery life when it’s not plugged in. The battery life will vary depending on the brightness setting you use and how intense the game is. For instance, Nintendo said that if you are playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you can expect the battery life to be about three hours.
One major piece of news is that the Switch will not be region locked. Players will be able to import whatever games they want, and not just have to buy games released in their country anymore.
The Switch will launch with the titles The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Just Dance 2017, Skylanders Imaginators and the collection of minigames called 1-2 Switch.
As for their Mario video game franchise, the Switch will have a whole new Mario called Super Mario Odyssey, which will debut this winter. Players will get to explore a ton of different locations in the sandbox-style game. Also in the Mario franchise, the Switch will be getting Mario Kart 8.
What other games can we expect? The Switch will have Skyrim, Shovel Knight, I am Setsuna, NBA 2K18, and FIFA. As for new games, there will be Fire Emblem Warriors, Arms, Splatoon 2, Super Bomberman R, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Nintendo said that there are more than 50 companies working on games for the Switch, with more than 80 games in development.
So what is the price of all the games and extra controllers? The games will be sold for $60, which at this point is a pretty standard price for video games. The Joy-Con controllers will be $49.99 individually or $79.99 for a bundle, which is pretty expensive. These controllers will have motion sensors, precision feedback, an infrared sensor, and HD rumble.
Players will also be able to take and share screenshots from the games. There’s actually a share button on the controllers and the device itself. Nintendo says that video sharing will also be coming.
If you’re really excited about online features, you’re going to need to take your wallet out. Like Sony and Microsoft, you will now need to pay for an online service if you want to play multiplayer online games. Like their competitors, with that subscription fee you’ll also get voice chat, a free monthly game, and discounts.
The Switch has multitouch touchscreen, meaning you’ll be able to do much more with it than the WiiU or the 3DS. Also when your Switch is not docked, the resolution will be 720p, but when docked, the resolution will jump back up to 1080p. As for storage, the console will have 32 GB of internal memory. You’ll also be able to link up to eight systems together to play anywhere.