This morning at 4AM while you were tucked up in bed, the Nintendo Switch Presentation was going down. At this little conference they revealed A LOT of information, lets take a look at what was said, why it was said and by whom.
First and foremost (in terms of importance, not chronologically) is the release date, March 3rd this year and costing £279.99. We have a preorder link at the bottom of the page for all you die hard nutters. This will also be pretty brief, we have a special podcast episode out now about the event.
Here is a list of all the games shown at this event:
- Super Mario Odyssey (trailer)
- Splatoon 2
- 1-2 Switch
- Dragon Quest Heroes I-II
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2
- Project Octopath Traveller
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Fire Emblem Warriors
- Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
In montage we saw a few others including Bomberman, Rayman, Steep and a new Street Fighter 2 version.
The various control options for this new console are vast, and some of the stuff you need to take advantage of it is included in the box at launch. As we already knew, the controllers (Joy Cons) slide off the side of the unit so you already have 2 pads when you buy the console. These connect to wrist strap adaptors that make them a little bigger and easier to hold, great for when you’re “spreading the joy” which is a real thing they said on stage.
The controller’s themselves have some new features including HD vibration, which if is as good as they make it sound could be the first major change in controller vibration ever. According to Nintendo, the controllers can feel like different things (bear with me here) and the video example was an empty glass with ice in it. You can shake the controller around and feel the ice bouncing around, you can even tell the difference between one ice cube and three. Lastly the glass is filled with water which you can also feel. Imagine the shock on grannies face when she thinks she’s poured water all over herself, great.
The standard Joy Con Grip was shown again and everything came in various colours. You can connect up to 8 Nintendo Switch consoles together for multiplayer including connecting two with split screen on each and so on, you can see the possibilities are huge. Couple that with a few peripherals like steering wheels and Pro controllers and you got a stew goin’.
Lastly, the controllers include PS4 inspired share buttons so you can take snaps and post them to social media, like we have been recently.
The battery life for the console when it isn’t docked is passable depending on what you would use it for. It lasts up to 6.5 hours or as little as 2.5 depending on the game’s you are playing. This seems alright to me as it is an hour longer than the 3DS XL which has never been a problem at 5.5 hours. It charges via USB so those power banks you already have will charge it up too, cool.
In terms of graphical fidelity I am quite ignorant but it looks like the console will have no trouble keeping up with the PS4 and Xbox One as they currently stand. Once the PS4 Pro is properly out the door and the Xbox incremental upgrade is completed it might look a bit dated (dated and its not even out yet, this is 2017).
In the box you get the console, dock, all necessary cables, two joy cons and two wrist straps so everything you need for local multiplayer.
The online services were sort of skimmed over in the presentation but Eurogamer tells us that it is a paid service following a free trial, it uses your phone for a lot of it’s UI. It is required for online multiplayer but not to access the store, by signing up you get some free downloads every month a bit like PS+ and Games with Gold. No price tag at the moment.
Over the next few days we will have more in depth coverage of what was seen at the Nintendo Switch Presentation including a special podcast episode (out now).
If you would like to preorder the Switch you can use the link below which also benefits us but costs the same for you. Alternatively you don’t have to if you feel as though we are scum (or don’t like Amazon).