So, it’s finally here. The Nintendo Switch announcement has finally taken place. After months of speculation we now know more about Nintendo’s latest console. Including its release date. 3rd of March across the entire world. The price will be $299.99 in North America so for those across the pond, expect a direct translation of that price into pounds. Which is not a ridiculous amount.
As far as specs go, this is what we know.
Nintendo Switch Specifications:
- 6.2″ capacitive screen with 720p resolution.
- When plugged in the console can output 1080p (full HD) at 60 frames per second. It achieves this by overclocking while docked.
- Console is region free (hurray!).
- 32GB of storage which is expandable via MicroSD card.
- Up to 8 Switches can be connected for local multiplayer.
- Controllers feature HD rumble packs to help with submerge you into the game world.
- Battery life stated to be between 2.5 & 6 hours depending on-screen brightness.
Unfortunately, we still know nothing about the processor, graphics card or the amount of RAM it will have available. Which is a big shame and hints that the switch could be coming in underpowered. I also feel that there could be some troubles ahead with low battery life and the teeny tiny amount of available storage that comes as standard. But that’s for a future article.
Nintendo Switch Announcement – Playing Styles
Several different styles of play are intended for the Switch. From single mode to party mode, tv to on the go. Check out the video below for a full explanation.
So let’s move on to the games that have been announced. Because that’s where the Switch will stand or fall. The Wii U had a poor showing due to its lack of titles at launch. Something it never recovered from. Can the Switch do any better? Let’s find out.
Nintendo Switch Announcement – Games:
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the first one. And I have to say, the game looks great (check out the trailer below).
Super Mario Odyssey is a fully 3D world Mario game.
Splatoon 2, the long-awaited sequel to Splatoon on the Wii U, will hit stores Summer 2017.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is due for release on the 28th of April.
1-2 Switch is a new party style game, made to be played with friends. Due for release on the 3rd of March.
Arms is a fighting game in the vein of Smash Bros and Street Fighter, using a unique extendable arms fighting style.
Fire Emblem Warriors, due Holiday 2017.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (No release date stated).
Sonic Mania – A re-imaging of the original 2D sonic games. Personally I loved Sonic as a kid, but I don’t think they have aged well. Available Spring 2017.
Super Bomberman R. An update to the classic Bomberman series. No release date as yet.
Puyo Puyo Tetris is last up. A fast paced multiplayer Tetris style game. No release date stated.
Thats all that we have so far. No mention of Skyrim or NBA as shown in the original Nintendo Switch announcement trailer, so let’s hope that they are coming soon.