Nintendo Switch Price and Release Date Revealed
Nintendo officially confirmed the release schedule and pricing details for its new, flagship console, The Switch, which aims to fuse the best of both worlds in home and portable gaming.
The global release date of 3rd March 2017 was in line with most people’s expectations but the announced pricing of £279.99, in the UK, $299.99 for the US market and 29,980 yen in Nintendo’s homeland of Japan is quite a bit higher than many were expecting. The Switch will, in fact, be priced significantly higher than both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 ‘base’ models. Many were expecting Nintendo to launch the Switch at around £199.99 to give them price advantage over the ‘big two’.
As previously revealed, the Nintendo Switch is a tablet like device that can be used for gaming on the go while also featuring a dock, allowing it to be connected to the TV for bigger screen fun. The console uses cartridges to store games – in a hark back to the company’s glory days – and features 32GB of built-in storage which can be expanded using a Micro SD card. Processing wise, the Switch uses a custom version of the NVIDIA Tegra X1, which is also deployed in the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV devices so it is quite a lot less powerful than the guts of both the Xbox One and PS4.
Nintendo revealed that around 80 games were currently in development for the new console with launch titles including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1 2 Switch, while a new, hotly anticipated Mario game, named Mario Odyssey, will be out in late 2017 in time for the Christmas season which will be key to the Switch becoming a success. Other big-hitting titles slated for release include Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim and FIFA 18.
Other announced Switch news included the fact that the console and games won’t be region locked; multiplayer online gaming will initially be free but later paid-for and a smartphone app for 'social aspects' of games including chat functions will also be released. Battery life, for mobile gaming, was quoted by Nintendo at anywhere between 2.5 and 6.5 hours, which seems a fairly vague approximation.
Nintendo also announced a few peripherals for the Switch which also seem fairly expensive, including a ‘Pro Controller’ at $69.99, additional Joy-Con controllers for $79.99 and a spare dock to use the Switch with another TV at $89.99.
So who’s ordering and who’s waiting for the almost inevitable price drop?
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