Nintendo Switch Information Roundup

Nintendo Switch

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.

Nintendo Switch Launch Info
  • 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)
Nintendo Switch Specs
  • 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.
Nintendo Switch Online
  • 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.
Nintendo Switch Online Details
Nintendo Switch Parental Controls
  • 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.
Nintendo Switch Software

The most up-to-date information on release dates, and prices can be found on the Nintendo Store.

Launch Titles:

Launch Window:

  • I Am Setsuna (TBD)
  • Snipperclips ($19.99)
  • Just Dance 2017 (TBD)
  • Has Been Heroes (TBD)

April 28, 2017:

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe ($59.99)

Spring 2017:

  • Sonic Mania (TBD)
  • LEGO City Undercover (TBD)
  • Arms ($59.99)

Summer 2017:

  • Splatoon 2 (TBD)

Fall 2017:

  • NBA 2K18 (TBD)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (TBD)

Holiday 2017:

  • Super Mario Odyssey (TBD)

TBD:

  • Project Sonic 2017
  • Steep
  • Syberia 3
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Brand New Title
  • RIME
  • Rayman Legends Definitive Edition
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris
  • Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure
  • Minecraft
  • Fire Emblem Warriors
  • Fast RMX
  • Farming Simulator
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  • Disgaea 5 Complete
  • Arcade Archives
  • Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
  • FIFA
  • No More Heroes
  • Project Octopath Traveler
Nintendo Switch Trailers

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