I had a feeling that my 100th blog post would be special. Nintendo finally shed more light on their upcoming console, the Nintendo Switch. On January 12 around 8pm PT/ 11pm EST, Nintendo held a press conference (link to press conference here) revealing more information about the console. Nintendo Switch releases March 3, 2017 which is very soon retailing for $299.99 in the U.S. The console will come package with a Nintendo Switch, the dock, left and right JoyCon controllers, the game pad to connect the controllers, two wrist attachments for when you play with the controllers separately, an AC adapter, and a HDMI cable. The console has three modes; TV mode (playing videogames via hdmi to your TV), Tabletop (playing with the Nintendo Switch tablet with the JoyCon controllers disconnected form the tablet), and Handheld mode (to play games on the go).
A lot of other details were given as well. The Nintendo Switch when disconnected from the dock has a battery life ranging from 2 and half hours to 6 and half hours depending on the game. So, don’t stray too far from home.
Gamespot confirmed that the Nintendo Switch will be a 720p display, 32GB of internal storage, will use game cartridges that resemble the size of 3DS games. The JoyCon controller has an upgraded “HD” rumble technology to really take the sense of realism to the next level. Also, Nintendo Switch supports 8-player LAN (local area network) connection for multiplayer games.
Speaking of games, a lot were announced. ARMS is a “fighting sports game” in which the fighters have extendable arms used to knock each other out. Also, 1-2 Switch is a party game in which 2 people using one of the controllers shoot it out in a Western fast draw. It’s weird, I know. Hey, that’s Nintendo in a nutshell. Both games are meant to highlight the precision of the JoyCon controllers sensors, motion control, and feel of playing with a single controller.
Beyond that, Nintendo yet again announced that there are “80” games in development for Nintendo Switch. Splatoon 2 was announced and has a Summer 2017 release window. A new Mario Sandbox game called, Super Mario Odyssey, is slated to release during the 2017 holiday season. Todd Howard from Bethesda Softworks confirmed that the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be on Nintendo Switch. No release date was given. There were a few more interesting titles shown off or teased as well.
I am excited! The Nintendo Switch grabbed my attention in the Fall and soon will be grabbing my money on March 3, 2017! Did I fail to mention that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a release date. It is being released the same time as the Nintendo Switch, March 3!
I am already lined up in front of the Gamestop! I should of brought a jacket. It’s cold outside!