Nintendo Switch system details
The pre-orders for the Nintendo Switch starts on January 21 (according to venturebeat), but I have already acquired my pre-order from Amazon. The Switch will be released worldwide on March 3, 2017, it will cost $300. The Switch features a 6.2 in screen, with multi-touch capabilities. It has been confirmed that the Nintendo Switch will have “32 gigabytes of internal memory, and it is expandable via microSD cards. The 256-gigabyte microSD card fits in the back, near the kickstand.”
The Joy of the Joy-cons
Nintendo focused on the controllers, named the Joy-cons. According to venturebeat “There’s a left and a right version, and Joy-Con grip that connects them so they can be used as one controller. Each controller has an accelerometer and a gyro sensor, enabling the Joy-Cons to detect movement. The right Joy-Con also has an infrared camera sensor that can detect shapes and objects a couple of feet away.”
Nintendo Switch online service
Nintendo announced that it will finally be charging for it’s online services. It will be giving Nintendo Switch owners a free trail period. According to Nintendo, “This service lets Nintendo Switch owners enjoy online multiplayer gaming as well as a dedicated smartphone app that connects to your Nintendo Switch system and helps you connect with friends for online play sessions.”
The online service will also have an online lobby and voice chat. Nintendo has developed a smart device app, to connect Nintendo Switch, allowing gamers to “let you invite friends to play online, set play appointments, and chat with friends during online matches in compatible games, all from your smart device.” Subscribers will get to download one game a month for free, and will also get some exclusive deals.
The games coming to the Switch
All this new information was great, but none of it matters without the games. It was pleasant to here that third party was so far on board with the Switch. Nintendo also announced that it will no longer be region locking their games. Some of the games that they revealed were:
Overall, I thought the presentation did what it intended. While, many gamers seem troubled that there aren’t a large variety of games for the launch, I think that always seems to happen. Nintendo has managed to spread out their first party games at least for the first year, with Zelda at launch (March 3), Super Bomberman R (March 3), Mario Kart 8 deluxe (April 28), Splatoon 2 (Summer), and of course Super Mario Odyssey (Holiday 2017). I’m more excited for this console now than ever. Can’t wait until March 3.
Sources: Nintendo.com, Venturebeat.com