Well then, Nintendo’s Switch live presentation was quite the rollercoaster. Only Nintendo is capable of hitting the incredible highs and embarrassing lows quite like that show did. For every blockbuster reveal like Super Mario Odyssey, there was Nintendo bizarrely opening its conference with news of paid online. Breath of the Wild looked amazing, but the chap from EA looked like he wanted to just end it all there and then. A special mention too for Hisashi Nogami’s brave labcoat, sunglasses and paint blaster combo - you’re a braver man than me. If you couldn’t handle 90 minutes of absolute craziness though, we’ve got you covered with this complete rundown of everything that was revealed during the Nintendo Switch conference.
When is the Nintendo Switch released?
Earlier than we expected. The Nintendo Switch will launch on Friday, March 3rd, worldwide.
How much will the Nintendo Switch cost?
We may be getting it earlier than we thought but it’s also more expensive than we expected. The Nintendo Switch will launch for $299.99 / £279.99 and contain no pack-in games.
What do I get with the Nintendo Switch?
It will come with the Switch console, dock, two Joy-Con controllers, two Joy-Con grips, a power supply (USB-C) and an HDMI cable. The Switch comes with 32GB internal memory and is expandable with Micro SD cards.
What are the Joy-Con controllers?
For better or worse, Nintendo loves to innovate like no others. The Joy-Cons are detachable controllers which can be attached to the Switch tablet to play as a handheld or detached as two separate controllers for local multiplayer play. Each grip has an analog stick and four face buttons, as well as tiny L + R buttons on top. They don’t look the most comfortable to use but the Switch does come with a pair of grips to make them larger and provide better L + R buttons.
The Joy-Cons have full motion controls like the Wiimotes and can also detect hand signals, gestures and distance. Each one has haptic feedback, or what Nintendo dub ‘HD Rumble’. Stifle that laugh at the back. Apparently the rumble is so accurate it can mimic the sensation of holding multiple ice cubes in a glass, and then the sensation of filling with water. Sure Nintendo, we’ll believe that we see it. Rumble Pak Mk II.
What’s this I hear about paid online?
Yep, within moments of the conference starting, Nintendo advertised a paid online subscription service to play multiplayer games online. The general tone was that we should be thankful, yet no effort was made to tell us what we’d actually be getting for our money. Digging deep into NIntendo’s site it turns out the paid service will launch in fall 2017 and include:
- Online Play
- Online lobby and voice chat
- Monthly game download (SNES or NES)
- Exclusive deals
No word on pricing yet for this.
What games are coming for the Nintendo Switch?
Nintendo took the opportunity to announce a few big hitters. The biggest of these was undoubtedly Super Mario Odyssey. An all-new 3D adventure in the style of Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Odyssey throws out the Mushroom Kingdom and takes places to lands they’ve never seen before, including a version of New York City and a lush jungle. It’s a radical change for the portly plumber and it will be launching in Holiday 2017.
A brand new fighting IP called Arms was also shown. This is a motion-based fighting game (bear me with me, it’s better than it sounds) in which players use a pair of joycons to box each. The twist is that your arms are extendable and can be bent mid-punch. It makes ARMS part fighting game, part shooter. It looks pretty neat and will support online play.
Nintendo Switch Launch Titles
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Just Dance 2017
- 1, 2, Switch!
- Skylanders Imaginators
- Super Bomberman R
Other Announced Nintendo Switch Games
- Has Been Heroes - March 2017
- Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! - March 2017
- I Am Setsuna - March 2017
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - April 28
- Arms - Spring 2017
- Lego City Undercover - Spring 2017
- Sonic Mania - Spring 2017
- Splatoon 2 - Summer 2017
- NBA 2K17 - September 2017
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Fall 2017
- FIFA - Fall 2017
- Super Mario Odyssey - Holiday 2017
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - TBA
- Fire Emblem Warriors - TBA
- Project Octopath Traveler - TBA
- Dragon Quest Heroes I+II - TBA
- Dragon Quest X - TBA
- Dragon Quest XI - TBA
- Shin Megami Tensei V - TBA
- Rayman Legends Definitive Edition - TBA
- Steep - TBA
Some of these games look incredible, although that is a worryingly thin launch line-up. The Wii U has looked sparse for a couple of years now, with the thinking being that most in-house development had shifted to the Switch. Likewise, combining the handheld and home console formats we hoped would plug the gaps. Here's hoping Nintendo has plenty more in the pipeline we don't know about just yet.
With all this in mind, how has the conference altered your opinion on the Nintendo Switch? Do you plan to buy one? Let us know!Watch live video from on www.twitch.tv