Now that Nintendo’s event is over, we finally got more information about their flagship console. The Switch will release globally on March 3, 2017 alongside the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1 2 Switch, Nintendo is sprinting out of the gates with a surprising price point and some strong exclusive titles for £280/$299. The European price will be set by retailers, with pre-orders yet to open.
The number of games announced throughout Nintendo’s recent presser was pretty overwhelming, so we’ve listed all we have so far below:
- 1 2 Switch
- Splatoon 2
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2
- Fire Emblem Warriors
- Shin Megami Tensei Switch
- Project Octopath Traveler
- No More Heroes 3
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
- FIFA 18
- The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild
- Super Bomberman R
- NBA 2K18
- Ultra Street Fighter 2
- Just Dance 2017
- Disgaea 5
- I Am Setsuna
- Rayman Legends
- Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
- Sonic Mania
As we know the Nintendo Switch is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra processor with a GPU akin to architecture found in some of the company’s top-notch graphics cards.
When in “Nintendo Switch Dock” that is used to connect to your TV. Once removed from the dock, it will automatically transition to portable mode. When away from the dock the Switch will use only 40% of its potential GPU power.
The GPU will run at 768MHz when plugged in and 307.2MHz when used on the go. This could change before release, but it’s unfortunate to see such a drop in performance when using what is arguably the console’s biggest selling point.
Other details announced:
- Console comes with 32GB of storage – expandable 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
The reveal trailer also gave us a glimpse at the new and improved gamepad, which will be rechargeable through the console itself and capable of accepting cartridges: Switch’s primary form of physical media when it comes to games. The battery life can range from 3 to 6 1/2 hours depending on the game you’re playing. For example, Breath of the Wild will keep you going for 3 hours after a full charge.
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.
As previously rumoured, the gamepad’s screen will render at a native 720p, and can be used to project any and all games to your TV of choice.
Top Nintendo Switch games to watch out for
Super Mario Odyssey
Release Date: Winter 2017
Odyssey is a fully-fledged 3D Mario experience, echoing the open world design found in Nintendo Gamecube’s Super Mario Sunshine. The reveal trailer showcased a mixture of realistic and fantastical environments alongside a slew of innovative new gameplay mechanics. Mario can now hurl his signature red hat at enemies while also using it as a handy platform for reaching precarious new areas.
Release Date: Summer 2017
None of us were expecting a direct sequel to Splatoon so soon after the first, especially one that oozes such a charming sense of lovable style. The inklings are back with new weapons, maps and fabulous outfits to duke it out with. The objective remains the same: cover the map in as much gooey paint as possible before time run outs. Alongside new game modes, Splatoon 2 will also support local multiplayer for the very first time using the Switch’s Joycon controllers.
1 2 Switch
Release Date: March 3, 2017
1 2 Switch is essentially a collection of traditional and motion controlled minigames that can be played by using the Nintendo Switch’s Joycon controllers. These games are designed to showcase the system’s capabilities while also encouraging you and your friends to get off the sofa and have some fun. Experiences range from a western shoot-out to a fast paced game of table tennis. There is plenty here that should entertain family and friends at launch who are trying out Switch for the very first time.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Monolith Soft arguably stole the show with this surprise announcement, blowing us away with a trailer featuring some truly gorgeous environments and a goosebump-inducing orchestral score. Acting as a direct sequel to the Nintendo 3DS original, Xenoblade 2 will likely provide us with a vast open world to explore filled with monsters, quests and characters to encounter. The last game in the franchise, Xenoblade Chronicles X, was a masterful swansong for Wii U, and this could usher in a new age for JRPGs on the Switch.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Release Date: March 3, 2017
After months of rampant rumours and speculation, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is finally confirmed as a launch title for Nintendo Switch. The happy news was broken with an achingly beautiful new trailer that shows Princess Zelda and a range of other characters speaking for the very first time. Breath of the Wild marks the first time in history where Hyrule will be dotted with voiced NPCs, interacting with Link as he explores the world in search of mythical treasures and dungeons.
The games listed above are just some of titles coming to Nintendo Switch in 2017. We’ll be putting a together an upcoming games round-up in the near future, so keep an eye out for that.
So what do you guys think? Are you excited for the switch or do you feel like its massively under powered and overpriced? Leave your interesting comments below and lets have a discussion.