Nintendo has finally revealed most of the information we want to know about the Nintendo Switch, including hardware specs, launch date, launch lineup, and more. Here is a roundup and compilation of all of the confirmed information surrounding Nintendo’s next console.
Note: All listed prices are in USD.
- The Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on March 3rd, 2017.
- MSRP: $299.99
- Launch console includes Nintendo Switch console, Nintendo Switch Dock, Left and Right Joy-Con, Joy-Con Grip, Joy-Con Wrist Straps, AC Adapter, and an HDMI Cable.
- Nintendo Switch Pro Controller can be purchased separately for $69.99.
- Additional Joy-Con controllers can be purchased separately for $79.99 for a pair, or $49.99 for individual Left or Right controllers.
- Additional Nintendo Switch Docks can be purchased separately for $89.99.
- The console will no longer be Region Locked, ending the tradition of its predecessors.
- Though, following the tradition of its rivals, Online features will under be a paid service. (More info below)
- Screen: Nintendo Switch features a 6.2-inch capacitive multi-touch screen that can display a resolution of 1280×720.
- Dock: The Nintendo Switch Dock holds, powers, and charges the system, and outputs video and audio from the system to a TV or external display.
- Stand: A stand on the back of the main unit can be deployed to position the system upright in tabletop mode.
- Controllers: The Joy-Con controllers are able to be used in a variety of ways. They can be attached to the screen to play games in handheld mode. They can also be detached, and the left and right Joy-Con can be held in each hand so games can be played in a tabletop mode. Each controller also features motion-sensing gyroscopes, and a new “HD Rumble” feature. The right Joy-Con also has additional features such as an IR sensor that can track the distance and shape of objects up to 2 feet, and an NFC chip for Amiibo functionality. Each controller can also be used individually for 2-players in supported multiplayer titles.
- Media: Physical proprietary game cards.
- Video Output: HDMI; up to 1080p resolution when played in TV mode, and up to 720p when played in handheld or tabletop mode.
- Audio Output: TV Mode supports 5.1 channel surround sound. Using the system’s built-in audio jack, stereo speakers or headphones can be used when played in handheld or tabletop modes.
- Battery: Battery life can last between 2.5 hours and six hours, and will vary depending on the software and usage conditions. For example, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played for roughly three hours on a single charge. While away from home, Nintendo Switch can be charged by plugging the AC Adapter into the console’s USB Type-C connector.
- Storage: Nintendo Switch has 32GB of internal storage, a portion of which is reserved for use by the system, and has the option to expand its capacity using microSDXC or microSDHC memory cards.
- SoC: Custom Tegra processor, powered by NVIDIA.
- Other: USB ports on the Nintendo Switch dock can be used to charge accessories such as the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and Joy-Con attached to a Joy-Con charging grip. The USB ports can also be used with a USB LAN adapter to connect to the internet.
- Networking: Nintendo Switch can connect to the internet via a wireless (IEEE 802.11ac) connection. In addition, up to 8 systems can connect over a local wireless connection in compatible multiplayer games. While docked, Nintendo Switch can also use a wired Internet connection by connecting a LAN Adapter.
- For the first time, Nintendo will be transitioning to a paid online service for the Nintendo Switch.
- The service will launch as a free trial starting in March, and will transition to the full paid service in Fall 2017.
- You’ll be able to play compatible co-op and competitive games online by signing in with your Nintendo Account.
- A dedicated smart device app will connect to Nintendo Switch and let you invite friends to play online, set play appointments, and chat with friends during online matches in compatible games.
- Subscribers will get to download and play a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) or Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super NES) game (with newly-added online play) for free for a month.
- Special offers for subscribers may include discounts on select digital games and content.
- This service is only for Nintendo Switch. It does not affect Wii U or Nintendo 3DS systems.
- Details are still unknown about pricing for the paid online service.
- Parents who want to monitor or restrict their kids’ playtime on Nintendo Switch will be able to do so with a dedicated mobile app.
- The app, which will be available for Android and iOS devices, is called Nintendo Switch Parental Controls.
- Parents will be able to set time restrictions on how long children will be able play the Switch.
- They can set gentle reminders that warn players their allotted time is up, as well as set a “bedtime alarm.”
- Parents can even force the Switch to go into “suspend mode” after a set amount of time.
- The parental controls app lets users customize how much time kids are allowed to play with the Switch on a per-day basis, allowing for more playtime on the weekends, for example.
- Parents can also get a monthly summary of which games their kids are spending the most time with.
- Other options include the ability to restrict social media connectivity and limit software use by age and ESRB rating.
The most up-to-date information on release dates, and prices can be found on the Nintendo Store.
- 1-2-Switch ($49.99)
- Super Bomberman R (TBD)
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild ($59.99 | $99.99 | $129.99)
- Skylanders: Imaginators (TBD)
April 28, 2017:
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe ($59.99)
- Splatoon 2 (TBD)
- Super Mario Odyssey (TBD)
- Project Sonic 2017
- Syberia 3
- Shin Megami Tensei: Brand New Title
- Rayman Legends Definitive Edition
- Puyo Puyo Tetris
- Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure
- Fire Emblem Warriors
- Fast RMX
- Farming Simulator
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Disgaea 5 Complete
- Arcade Archives
- Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
- No More Heroes
- Project Octopath Traveler