The next game console from Nintendo is the Switch and it will launch globally on March 3 for $300 / €300. The console is a hybrid that connects to your TV and has a portable tablet.
Nintendo Switch is a hybrid
Nintendo Wii was a blockbuster success for the Japanese company but the successor, Wii U, was a major flop. The company’s next-generation console will be called Switch.
The first details about Nintendo Switch were announced in October 2016. We already knew that it was a hybrid console with a portable gaming tablet that can hold power for 2.5 to 6 hours. You can connect it to a dock for the TV screen when at home.
Nintendo has created new ’Joy-Con’ game controllers that you can combine in different ways. The company will also sell a more traditional game controller dubbed ‘Pro’ as well as the ’Joy-Con Wheels’ for Mario Kart.
Zelda and Mario
At the launch event, Nintendo confirmed that Switch will launch on March 3 for $300. In Europe, it will start at €300 but cost significantly more in some regions. The console will be region-free so you can buy your games from anywhere. Nintendo will offer a collection of mini games in the ’1-2 Switch’ package that is meant to demonstrate the capabilities of the system. It will also debut ‘Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ and a new 3D ’Super Mario’.
Additionally the company confirmed the following games: 'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe', 'Splatoon 2', 'Super Mario Odyssey', 'Minecraft: Story Mode', 'Skylanders Imaginators', 'Rayman Legends', 'Skyrim', 'Minecraft', 'NBA 2K18', and 'Arms'.
Furthermore, Nintendo intends to launch a paid online service similar to PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. It will be required to play online after a “free trial period at launch” and will give you access to classic games from the NES and Super Nintendo. A bundle of extra left and right Joy-Con controllers will set you back 80 dollars and an extra Dock for the TV will cost you 90 dollars. That is certainly cheap.
In the past, Nintendo has managed to compete with Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox but in the past few years the two have raced ahead. The company has now decided to abandon Wii U and put all of its effort into Switch.
Switch will not support 4K, HDR, Blu-ray or other high-end features that you get with PS4 Pro and Xbox One S but the Japanese company is hoping that its unique approach to the gaming market will once again set Switch apart and open a new door.