Nintendo announces Switch capabilities and games


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Nintendo’s new console the Switch will release worldwide on March 3, 2017.


The Nintendo Switch

Overall Details:

Launch Date: March 3, 2017

Price: $299.99

Online Services: Online multiplayer gaming, online subscription service – with free trial period until Fall 2017 – and friend invitations, play appointments, chat capabilities via smart device pairing.

Region Locking: No region limit – every system is able to play every game no matter where either are purchased

Battery Life: When undocked, 2.5-6.5 hours

Games (in order):

“1-2 Switch” – March 3, 2017

The first game unveiled during Nintendo’s event was a party-focused mini-game collection which will showcase the new Joy-Con controllers’ HD Rumble and IR Motion Camera features, the latter of which can detect the distance, shape and size of objects. It emphasizes games through face-to-face interaction instead of the TV screen.

“Arms” – Spring 2017

This one-on-one boxing-like game features fighters with extendable arms that can chase the opponent from long distances. Using both Joy-Con controllers enables motion controlled punches similar to Wii Sports’ boxing, but features more accurate and complex abilities. Split-screen and online multiplayer will be available.

“Splatoon 2” – Summer 2017

The sequel to one of Nintendo’s most successful new IPs will feature new maps, game modes, weapons, and essentially everything else that you see in a typical sequel. Like its predecessor, Splatoon 2  will see free updates in the form of additional stages and weapons after launch and “Ongoing in-game events”.

Super Mario Odyssey” – Holiday 2017

Mario’s first 3d adventure since 2013 will take place in an “unknown world” away from the mushroom kingdom. A variety of environments were shown including a city with semi-realistically proportioned humans and automobiles. Mario’s newest adventure was said to have taken inspiration from Super Mario 64 and will feature a sandbox style of gameplay.

“Xenoblade 2” – TBA

Referred to as Xenoblade Chronicles 2 in the US, this sequel will feature many elements found in the previous titles including futuristic cities paired with grand, open environments.

“Fire Emblem Warriors” – TBA

Very little was shown during this teaser, but we can expect it to feature the large brawling gameplay found in 2014’s Hyrule Warriors.

Many games were briefly shown and said to be in development including three “Dragon Quest” titles, “Shin Megami Tensei” and “Project Octopath Traveler”. It was also announced that Skyrim and FIFA would be receiving ports to the console.

“The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” – March 3, 2017

Nintendo’s highly anticipated next title in the “Legend of Zelda” series closed out the event with an extremely cinematic trailer giving the first hints at possible story elements and characters we could see in the final product. A few characters were given voices, a series first — not counting those other games not made by Nintendo. Breath of the Wild will also launch simultaneously for Wii U.