TIME TO MAKE THE SWITCH

by Glenn Kremp on January 13, 2017
Gaming

NINTENDO GIVES US A INDEPTH LOOK AT THE NINTENDO SWITCH

 

NINTENDO SWITCH WILL LAUNCH ON MARCH 3, 2017
Nintendo revealed that the system hits stores worldwide on March 3, 2017.

THE PRICE TO MAKE THE SWITCH
For $299 USD, you’ll get a console with 32 GB of memory. One bundle includes two gray Joy-Con controllers; the other comes with one red and one blue controller.  The Switch will also support 256 GB Micro SD Cards for added storage.

NINTENDO SWITCH THREE GAMEPLAY MODES
The Switch can be played while in TV mode, which means it’s seated in the dock and games are played on the TV. It also can be played as a handheld, like a standard portable system. Finally, there’s tabletop mode, where players can open the tablet’s kickstand and rest it on a table, detaching the controllers for some solo or even multiplayer games.

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD, 1-2 SWITCH
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will launch alongside the console on March 3. Other launch titles include the minigame collection 1-2-Switch.

SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY
Super Mario Odyssey will be out this winter 2017. It features Mario running around a sandbox-style world full of different landscapes.

THE SWITCH WILL ALSO GET MARIO KART, SKYRIM, FIFA AND MORE
Versions of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, Mario Kart 8, and FIFA will all hit the Switch later this year. Also coming: NBA 2K18 and Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers.

OVER 80 GAMES ARE IN DEVELOPMENT
New games include Arms, a fighting game where the combatants have expanding limbs; Fire Emblem Warriors, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which is due later this year. Also Splatoon 2, a sequel to the Wii U title, will also be available this summer. Super Bomberman R, NBA 2K18, As well Minecraft: Switch Edition.

NINTENDO SWITCH GAMES WILL COST $60
Switch games will be sold for $60. At least one game, 1-2-Switch, will be sold at a cheaper price point, the party game will cost $49.99 at retail.

NINTENDO SWITCH HAS UP TO SIX HOURS OF BATTERY LIFE
The Switch can hook up to a TV, but it can also be played on the go. When it’s not plugged in, players can expect between two-and-a-half and six hours of gameplay at the highest brightness setting. Games like Breath of the Wild can run for about three hours on battery alone before needing a charge.

Although the dock serves as the main charging port, the console also uses USB-C to keep the battery full when away from a TV.

THERE’S A MULTITOUCH TOUCHSCREEN
Nintendo Switch has a touchscreen, which is as interactive as a smartphone screen.

GAMES RUN AT A LOWER RESOLUTION UNDOCKED
In handheld or tabletop mode, the Switch is capable of outputting games at 720p. When docked, games run at 1080p.

ONLINE FEATURES COME AT A PRICE
In order to play multiplayer games online, users will have to pay a fee. That will kick in starting this fall, as will other features like voice chat, discounts and a free monthly classic game download. A smart device app will be connected to the service so that players can invite friends to join their games or chat with them.

In the meantime, all Nintendo Account users can try online multiplayer for free when the console launches.

A table of the features available on the free and paid tiers of Nintendo’s new online service Nintendo
THE JOY-CON CONTROLLERS HAVE MOTION SENSORS, PRECISION FEEDBACK AND MORE
Nintendo detailed what the detachable Joy-Con controllers can do during the presentation. These include motion, thanks to an infrared sensor on each gamepad, as well as “HD rumble” for some precise force feedback.

Games like Arms and 1-2-Switch will make ample use of these features to show off just what these unique controllers can do. Arms has players tilting the Joy-Cons to move fighters and throwing punches to, well, throw punches, while 1-2-Switch relies heavily on the rumble sensations.

Check out all the buttons for a sense of the breadth of these little gamepads:

JOY-CON CONTROLLERS AND OTHER ACCESSORIES CAN BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY
The new, unique Joy-Con controllers will be available to buy separately. These come in several different color configurations: gray, red, blue or both red and blue in one package. They’ll cost $49.99 individually or $79.99 for a bundle, which also has straps thrown in. There will also be a steering wheel.

THE SWITCH IS REGION-FREE
The Nintendo Switch will not include region-locking, unlike the Wii U and other past Nintendo home consoles. That means players can import games to their liking; no more having to buy games from the same country that your console came from!

NINTENDO SWITCH WILL ALLOW PLAYERS TO TAKE AND SHARE SCREENSHOTS
A share button on the device and the Joy-Con controllers is used to capture screens from games. Players will also be able to share video footage in the future.

THE SWITCH IS AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW
EB Games, Best Buy have limited stock, so if you want the console on launch day, you’d better  pre-order the Switch now.

 

Source is from Polygon

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