When it comes to videogames and big announcements, I usually only care about Playstation. However, since I saw the first video showing the Switch in action…well, I almost did a sex-wee.
I haven’t bothered with Nintendo since the Wii (and it was the first Nintendo console I ever owned). This is a game changer
(pardon the pun).
So what’s the deets?
It will launch on 3/3/17.
It will cost $299.99 in the US, £279.99 in the UK and 29,980 yen ($260) in Japan, more than some analysts and gamers had been expecting.
The stakes are high for the Japanese firm after its most recent console, the Wii U, failed to replicate the success of the original Wii.
Nintendo shares dipped as details of the launch trickled out.
Nintendo revealed in October last year that the games machine would be a handheld device that doubles as a home console.
Previously code-named NX, the Switch looks like a tablet computer with Joy-Con controllers that attach to its sides.
The screen is touch-sensitive and the controllers can detect movement, like the Wii Remote.
When used at home, the tablet component slots into a dock that connects to a TV set.
Games will be delivered on small cartridges, a nod to older Nintendo consoles.
The firm said that about 80 games were in development, including a new Mario game called Super Mario Odyssey, out late in 2017.
One of the new titles unveiled was Arms, a motion-controlled boxing game, due to be released this spring.
‘Bad price points’
Initially, there was some negative reaction online to the pricing of the console’s accessories.
A Pro Controller, in the style of a traditional console controller, costs $69.99 (£57.50), additional Joy-Con controllers are $79.99 and a spare dock to use the Switch with another TV or monitor is $89.99.
“These are bad, bad price points,” wrote video game writer Pat Contri on Twitter.
The pricing was described as a “bad, bad joke” by video game news site Polygon.
But some reactions were more positive.
“Fair play Nintendo, this looks wonderful,” wrote one fan on Twitter.
Other details announced on Friday included:
- Console comes with 32GB of storage – extendable with a MicroSD card slot
- Plans to end regional locking – meaning games could be played on all consoles – no matter where in the world they were bought
- Multiplayer online gaming – initially free but later paid-for
- A smartphone app for social aspects of games including chat function
I am pretty excited for this – I won’t be a day one buyer (although I am tempted) as I want to wait and see what the games line-up will be like and how well the launch goes.
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