It’s late and I’m tired, but I’ve seen the holy conference and bring you all news of the Nintendo Switch. Release date, software lineup, I’ve got it all. So I won’t waste your time I know why you’re here. Let’s get down to it.
The Nintendo Switch will be available at retail on March 3rd, 2017 fo $299.99
Out of the box, you’ll have the Switch tablet, dock, two Joy Con controllers, and Joy Con Grip, as well as an HDMI cable and an AC adapter for the tablet and straps for your Joy Cons. You can buy the unit with either two gray Joy Cons or a neon blue and neon red one, these cosmetic choices won’t affect the price.
As far as tech goes, the tablet was confirmed to feature a touch panel and gyroscopes as well as motion control contained in the Joy Con controllers. A feature called “HD Rumble” showed off the Joy Con’s ability to mimic the feeling of ice sliding in a glass if that’s what you’re into. The right Joy Con will feature a motion camera as well as an NFC reader and writer for Amiibo. The controllers also had a screen capture button similar to the PlayStation 4’s share button. Most importantly, if you ask me, is the word on the tablet’s battery life. We’ve been told anywhere from two and a half to six and a half hours depending on the title.
For the first time, a Nintendo home console won’t feature region locking, so imports will no longer be an issue.
Another first for Nintendo, online networks will be a paid subscription. Hopefully, this is a sign that the big N has stepped up their online services to the quality of the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live. Subscribers to this online service will receive a free Nes/Snes game for the VC monthly. Additionally, you’ll be able to connect up to eight Switches together for local play.
So let’s get down to the software lineup. To be perfectly honest it looks a bit thin at launch, but by the end of 2017 we’ll be shaping up nicely
The big one we’ve been waiting for is, of course, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Now the fine folks at Nintendo made us hold our breath for the whole console, but I won’t be so cruel. Zelda is coming day and date with the Switch, March 3rd, 2017.
The first game shown was titled 1 2 Switch and looks like the Wii Sports of the Switch. A proof of concept for the tech if you will. Two players face off each holding a Joy Con in scenarios like boxing matches and shootouts(It’s High Noon), however, instead of looking at the screen they’ll be looking at one another to see who moves first. It’s a game of chicken really and could be a whole lot of fun at parties, but isn’t really what I’m looking for.
Next up was Arms. This new title from Nintendo uses the Joy Cons to compete in high-speed boxing matches with elastic like arms. While I’m hesitant to jump into these motion control games, Arms honestly looks like a whole lot of fun and showed off some fast third person fighting. Expect Arms in Spring of 2017.
All of us were expecting some kind of Splatoon port on Switch, but in summer of 2017 we’ll be getting a sequel, that’s right all those shots we saw were of Splatoon 2. The game showed off new weapons, maps, and Pro controller support. Summer can’t come soon enough.
Nintendo gave us a look at the latest Mario title Super Mario Odyssey. The game looks flat out gorgeous and is being billed as a big Mario sandbox game like Mario 64 or Sunshine. The game seems to be about Mario traveling to diffrent worlds outside of the Mushroom Kingdom. He even makes a stop in New York City, is that terrible movie cannon now? Also, his hat has eyes, so we’ll see what that’s about. Super Mario Odyssey launches in Holiday 2017.
To close out the conference, we got a look at some third party games coming for Switch. Skyrim was confirmed as well as a brief glimpse of a new Fire Emblem. Monolith showed off a trailer for Xenoblade 2 which looked beyond beautiful. Square Enix gave us a glimpse at Octopath Traveler and a new Shin Megami Tensei game, and EA announced Fifa for the Switch. Suda from Grasshopper also popped in to allude ot a new No More Heros and Sega swears it will make games for this thing.
Well, I hope I’ve brought you up to speed. While it’ll be a slim launch line up I can;t wait to jump into Zelda, also I really want those red and blue Joy Cons.