So we all know Nintendo has a new console on the way, called The Switch which is a multiplayer mega too as well as a nifty hand-held console too. Details have been sketchy, and still are in some respects but an event at 4am this morning Nintendo lifted the lid on their new console.
The fist thing you will want know is about the price. Well It’s not as cheap as many first thought. It’s going to hit European stores on 3rd March this year for around £279.99 ($299.99) I say around because European price will be decided by retailers.
Now the unique thing about The Switch is its ability to dock the console to play on TV or take it on the road as a handheld. If you saw the first promotional video you would have seen the control sections coming away from the screen creating their own stand alone controllers called the Joy-Con These may be small in stature but feature quite a lot including an analogue stick, four face buttons, an analogue trigger, and a shoulder button, along with HD rumble , Accelerometers, IR camera AND motion sensors so that’s quite awesome bit of kit, if perhaps a little to small for my big ol hands. The battery life of these controllers ranges from between 2.5-6 hours depending on the game.
Other news from the presentation is that The Switch will be region free and will support USB type C for charging (good news) The screen will be a 720p capacitive touch screen which means it will feature multi-touch fun like you see on smart phones.
Nintendo will also bringing a new online service to The Switch, it will be a paid service but will be free initially, subscribers will be able to download a NES or SNES game. A smart phone app will be coming along in the summer to accompany the online service
Still no word on what sort of power this new machine will have, but Nintendo haven’t really been about power, (apart from N64) and are quite happy to let Sony and Microsoft duke it out in the best graphic battle.
However, all is not well, the launch line up seems, well pretty damn thin on the ground. With only a handful of games making launch. Although one of them is Zelda Breath of the Wild so that kind of makes up for it. The catalogue of games does get better during the year though leading up to Christmas. Good marketing sense from Nintendo? hmm time will tell.
Here are the trailers for the games so far
Legend of Zelda – Breath of the Wild
Fire Emblem Warriors
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Super Mario Odyssey
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Redout (not sure why this isn’t F Zero)
Binding of Issac
Super Bomberman R
Ultra Street Fighter II was confirmed, with fancy new ability to switch between pixel art and HD graphics, also introducing, ahem, violent Ken (?)
So the launch line up then is consist of
•1-2-Switch – Out 3rd March for £39.99
•The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Out 3rd March for £59.99
•Super Bomberman R – Out on 3rd March
•Snipperclips – Cut it out, together! – Out in March
Games coming later look a lot better
•Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 28th April
•Super Mario Odyssey – Holiday 2017
•Splatoon 2 – Summer 2017
•Arms – Spring 2017
•Puyo Puyo Tetris – Spring 2017
•Fire Emblem Warriors
•Dragon Quest Heroes I & II
•Dragon Quest X – in Japan
•Dragon Quest XI – in Japan
•Shin Megami Tensei Brand New Title
•No More Heroes (unnamed Suda51 Project)
•Project Octopath Traveler
•Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
•Just Dance 2017
•Rayman Legends Definitive Edition
•Project Sonic 2017
•Seasons of Heaven