Everything We Know about the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch

Here’s a roundup of everything we learned from Nintendo Switch Presentation.

It will cost $299 when it launches March 3.

The console will have a simultaneous, same day release in the U.S., Japan, Canada, major European countries and Hong Kong. It’ll even be region free.

It’ll eventually have a paid online service

The Switch will have free online service up until the Fall, at which point a paid option will be implemented. At least that’s what it sounds like. We still don’t know what this service will offer or how much it will cost.

There are also equally vague talk of using the service with your “smart device,” a la smart phones or tablets.

How it works

The Switch will slot into a dock that displays gameplay on a TV or traditional display. You can even take the handheld out of the dock during gameplay and continue from where you left off.

What comes in the box

You’ll get the Switch itself, two Joy-Con controllers, a Joy-Con Grip to hold the two halves together, the dock, an HDMI cable and AC cable.

The Joy-Cons will have a share button that can take screenshots and eventually record video. The two halves of the controllers can be held like Wii-motes for some vintage Wii Sports Style motion control.

There’s an advanced AR sensor in the right controller that’s precise enough to tell when a hand is making certain gestures. Expect riveting rock-paper-scissors mini-games. No hyperbole. That sounds awesome.

The Games

Mini-game compilation 1-2 Switch will show off the Joy-Con’s motion controls and other offbeat features. The trailer has cowboys mock shooting each other with the controller halves, people dancing with the controllers and gesticulating all over the place. Looks like fun.

The presentation also announced Super Mario Odyssey, a new Mario game with (SWEET JESUS) realistic looking city-scapes and a greater focus on exploration. Xenoblade 2 and a teaser for an unnamed Shin Megami Tensei title. The latter just began development, so no word on when it will show up on Nintendo’s console.

ARMS will be a boxing/slash fighting game that will feel familiar to anyone who’s played the boxing mini-game in Wii Sports or Wii Sports Resort. It’ll be out in March.

Splatoon 2 and Skyrim are confirmed to appear on the Switch at some point, but so far, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the only game confirmed to come out on launch on March 3.

Stick with Pixcelation for more news on the Nintendo Switch as it’s available.

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