Nintendo Switch Announced (Price, Release Date, Specs and More!)

Nintendo_SwitchNintendo has officially announced the Nintendo Switch. Coming on March 3rd, 2016 the console will be available for purchase at $299.99. (Click here to pre-order at Amazon)

Console Or Portable

The Nintendo Switch is both a home console and a portable system. The tablet you see below has detachable controllers on the sides. Once the tablet needs charging it can be docked and connected to your TV so it can charge and you can play on your HDTV. The Switch is more powerful when its connected to the TV and can output better graphics than when it is in portable mode. This is by design and its meant to conserve battery life and reduce heat.

Nintendo Switch Portable ModeSpecs

The Nintendo Switch tablet is 6.2-inches and maxes out at 720p. The console supports resolutions up to 1080p once docked and connected to your TV. Battery life for the tablet is between 2.5 and 6 hours. It varies wildly from game to game.

The system is powered by an Nvidia Tegra processor and  has only 32GB of storage. The system however supports SD cards to expand its storage. The system has no ethernet port, it only supports Wifi connections.(802.11ac)

Hidden Costs

The Nintendo Switch itself is more expensive than gamers expected. On top of the $299 price for the console itself, gamers will have to pay very high prices for additional controllers. A Pro Controller which is a traditional gamepad will retail for $69.99. A set of Joy-Con controllers will set you back $79.99. Individually each Joy-Con controller will cost $49.99. A new dock set will cost $89.99 which will be useful for easily switching between multiple TVs.

No, you are not overreacting. Nintendo is charging an arm and a leg for Switch accessories. Take this into consideration before buying a Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch ZeldaGames

Here’s the games coming to Nintendo Switch:

At Launch (March 3rd)

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • 1-2 Switch
  • Super Bomberman R
  • Skylanders Imaginators
  • Just Dance 2017

A little later in March

  • SnipperClippers
  • Fast RMX
  • Has-Been Heroes

April 28th

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Spring 2017

  • Arms
  • Disgaea 5 Complete
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris
  • Rime

Summer

  • Splatoon 2

Fall 2017

  • The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim

Holiday 2017

  • Super Mario Odyssey

2017 (No Specific Date Given)

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Ultra Street Fighter 2 The Final Challenge
  • Minecraft
  • EA Sports FIFA
  • Sonic Mania
  • I Am Setsuna
  • Steep
  • Syberia 3
  • NBA 2K
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Our Thoughts

The first and most obvious problem we have with the Nintendo Switch is its price. $299 is way too much to ask for the weak specs. It doesn’t even compare to a PS4 in terms of power at all. (It’s not even close)

Ignoring the price, there’s the huge lack of games. The Switch will only have 5 games ready for its launch on Day 1. That’s pathetic. The flagship game for the system is Zelda Breath Of The Wild which is also getting a release on the Wii U. So even die-hard Nintendo fans shouldn’t be in any rush to get this system. For gamers who game on PS4s or Xbox One’s, its not even an option. The Nintendo Switch just isn’t appealing to the tastes of western gamers, it obvious the system was made for the Japanese market.

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