All the Switch details from this morning’s reveal

January 13, 2017 by  
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The Nintendo Switch console will be released on March 3rd priced at £279.99. The price may come as a bit of a surprise to those that expected the console/handheld hybrid to be closer to the £200 mark.

Nintendo have also revealed that Switch’s online service will support smart devices through an app, allowing you to invite others to play online and chat. There will be a trial period for the online service when the console is launched, although Nintendo have said that after this trial period is over, it then will become a paid service in the autumn.

The Japanese giant also revealed that the Switch will be region free. As for the battery, when used as a handheld device, the battery life of the console will differ by game, but Nintendo have revealed that it will range from 2 and a half hours to 6 and a half hours. You will also be able to charge the console when playing in handheld mode by using the supplied USB cable.

The Joy-Con controllers have a reader to sit Amiibo’s on, and there’s also a capture button in order to take screenshots and eventually video. Both controllers also feature motion sensing as well as wrist straps. Nintendo also announced that the Joy-Con controllers feature a camera, and also a fancy new HD rumble innovation. Joy-Con controllers will also be released in blue and red.

Nintendo showed off new games such as launch title 1-2 Switch, which is a mini game collection. 1-2 Switch can actually be played without looking at a screen, with looking into the eyes of your opponents only being necessary. Nintendo have described the game as a party game that you play through face-to-face interaction, which is certainly unusual. Also shown off was a colourful pick-up-and-play boxing game called Arms, which has an extendable glove mechanic and is played through motion sensing by holding a Joy-Con in each of your hands. You are able to twist your wrists, resulting in curling punches, and you move your character by tilting the controllers. Both local and online multiplayer will be featured in the game. Arms is due for release in spring, so hopefully not too long after the release of the Switch.

Another game revealed at the presentation was none other than Splatoon 2, which looks like more of the same, but that’s certainly no bad thing at all. The game can be played using the Joy-Con controllers or with the Pro controller. Splatoon 2 is set to be launched in summer. More weapons and stages will be added after launch in the same way that they were in the original Wii U game.

The Switch is also getting a brand new Mario game in Super Mario Odyssey, which looks like a typical fun and colourful Mario game, and will more than likely be one of Switch’s greatest games. The trailer reveals plenty of gameplay as well as some new moves for the cartoon Plumber, which includes rolling up in a ball as well as having the ability to throw his famous red hat. The game has Mario adventuring in a brand new world outside of the Mushroom Kingdom, and some of the environments look close to what could be found in the real world. Sadly, Super Mario Odyssey won’t be released until around Christmas. In other Mario news, an upgraded version of Mario Kart 8 will also be released for the Switch. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as it’s called, features all the DLC from the original Wii U release as well as new tracks and characters. Inkling Boy and Inkling Girl from Splatoon, King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr are amongst the new faces.

Also revealed was Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and Dragon Quest Heroes 1 and 2 are on their way to the console. A new Shin Megami Tensai game is also coming to the Switch, as well as a brand new Square Enix RPG. It was also confirmed that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is indeed coming to the console. Travis Touchdown from No More Heroes will also be starring in a future game, which is inspired by wrestling, apparently, although whether this will be No More Heroes 3 has yet to be determined. EA are also currently back on good business terms with Nintendo, and announced that FIFA will be releasing on the console later this year.

Finally, a question that has been on a lot of people’s lips in recent months has been answered. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s release date was up in the air, but now we know that the game will actually be released alongside the console on March 3rd. The Wii U version will also be released on the same day.

All in all, it was an excellent presentation in which Nintendo made perfectly clear what to expect from the Switch in terms of games and hardware, and important things such as release date and price were revealed. Below, you’ll find videos of the presentation in full as well as separate videos of some of the game trailers that were shown off.