Nintendo Switch Price and Release Date Announced
Nintendo recently held its announcement event regarding the upcoming Nintendo Switch Console detailing not only the release date and price but also that of confirmed launch games and more information regarding battery life, accessories, and bundle packages available at launch.
The Switch will launch worldwide on March 3rd, 2017 for $299.99 USD / $399.99 CAN. The basic package will include both Left and Right Joy-Con Controllers, wrist straps, Joy-Con Grip, the Nintendo Switch Dock, HDMI cable, and an AC Adapter. While the Pro Controller will be present on launch day, it will be a separate purchase. Two bundle packs will be available as well on March 3rd, a bundle featuring grey controllers, and another model with red and blue ones. Each bundle has been reported as being the same price.
Nintendo also revealed the prices for each of the accessories they plan on dropping on launch day:
- Pro Controller – $69.99 USD / $89.99 CAN
- Joy Con 2pk – $79.99 USD / $99.99 CAN
- Joy Con single – $49.99 USD / $64.99 CAN
- Joy Con charging grip – $29.99 USD / $39.99 CAN
- Replacement Dock – $89.99 USD / Price unavailable
- Joy Con Wheel 2pk – $14.99 USD / $19.99 CAN
Nintendo has also announced it will have an online service made available for the Switch and the first few months will see all users privy to a free trial period. The service will begin charging a fee, much like that of Xbox and PS4, sometime later in 2017. Nintendo has yet to release a price for this service as of this writing. Subscribers will get discounts on digital content and free games each month. Online lobbies and voice chat are also part of the subscription.
Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima also confirmed that the system will be region free, thus allowing players to import games from other countries. Nintendo has been hit and miss with allowing imported games in the past, so this is a huge benefit for players that like to play games that sometimes don’t see a local release.
The portable handheld unit has a 6.2-inch capacitive multitouch display capable of 720p resolution. While the system when docked will output 1080p to your television, this lowered resolution on the handheld will assist with conserving battery life. The portable play of the Switch will offer between 2.5 and 6 hours of play depending on the graphical nature of the game. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been reported to run the device dry in just 3 hours.
The system will contain 32gb of internal storage. While you can expand the system via microSDHC or microSDXC memory cards, each of the card-based games themselves seemingly won’t require massive installs like that of Xbox One and PS4.
The current list of confirmed titles and their approximate release dates are as follows:
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Super Bomberman R
- Skylanders Imaginators
- Just Dance 2017
- I Am Setsuna
- Has Been Heroes
- Fast RMX
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Sonic Mania
- Puyo Puyo Tetris
- Lego City Undercover
- Disgaea 5
- Splatoon 2
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Sonic 2017
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2
- Ultra Street Fighter 2
- Minecraft: Story Mode
- Dragonball Xenoverse 2
- NBA 2K 18
- Fire Emblem Warriors
- Shin Megami Tensei
- Project Octopath Traveler
- Minna de Waiwai!
- Farming Simulator
- Sangokushi 13
- Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence
- The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth
- Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition
- Dragon Quest X: The Five Awakening Races Online
- Dragon Quest XI
- Dragon Quest Heroes 1 & 2
- Stardew Valley
- Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
- Cube Life: Island Survival
- Shovel Knight
- Untitled Steamworld Game
- Untitled SquareEnix RPG
Any and all information has been reported based on information released by Nintendo. Release dates may change at any point, and prices may vary in your region.
Until then, enjoy this amazing Zelda: Breath of the Wild trailer.