Nintendo Switch – Everything You Need To Know

Nintendo Switch – Everything You Need To Know

So the Nintendo Switch, formerly known as the NX, has been officially showcased, bringing with it a range of announcements, that we can analyse until we are blue in the face. Here is everything you need to know.

Release Date – March 3rd. Nintendo is coming out quite quickly with this one, something I find a bit perplexing. I would rather they wait until more games were ready to go, but that isn’t Ninty’s style.

Price – £279, or $300. Blame Brexit I guess.

Online – The Switch will have an upgraded version of the Nintendo Network, that now costs money every month. For this price, you get to play online and get one free NES/SNES game a month. Not a great deal considering how poor Nintendo’s online services have been in the past. Hopefully this one is better!

The Hardware

Nintendo Switch is essentially a 720p capacitive tablet, that can be docked into a station that allows it to become a 1080p home console. It is built on Nvidia tech, and has about 1 teraflops of power.

As a portable, it has a battery life of between 2 and a half hours and 6 and a half hours depending on what game is being run on it. Nintendo has claimed that Zelda will run for about 3 hours before the system needs to charge. This isn’t exactly 3DS levels of efficiency. It makes me wonder why Nintendo even wants it to be a portable.

Over HDMI, the switch supports 5.1 audio, whilst as a portable just stereo through the headphone port on the device.

The Switch contains just 32GB of internal storage, which is absolutely horrendous in todays world. Considering that the capacity of the Game Cards have been reported to be between 16GB and 32GB, expect not to download any full games to the device unless you purchase a microSDHC or microSDXC card to expand the storage. Luckily, they aren’t propriety so price should come down in time. The other side of the coin is that because the system is using cartridges, load times will be much quicker than with discs, so games should not have to be installed to the device.

The Switch contains two ‘Joy-Con’ controllers that can attach to the side of the Switch during portable use, attached to a grip whilst playing as a console, or just held in each hand. They have rudimentary motion tracking, allowing for boxing games and the like to be played whilst holding one in each hand. In addition the Switch supports up to 8 way multiplayer, with each player being able to use one side of the Joy-Con.

The Software

On launch, the Switch will have four titles available. These consist of –

1-2 Switch. A sort of minigame compilation. Looks like it could be fun in multiplayer bouts.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This is the big hitter. It looks frankly beautiful, and if this is good, it could move a lot of units.

Skylanders Imaginators. Who cares?

Just Dance 2017. Get your groove on.

In addition, many other games have been announced that have fuzzy launch dates. These consist of

Puyo Puyo Tetris (2017)

Has Been Heroes. (March 2017)

I am Setsuna. (March 2017)

Sonic Mania (Spring 2017)

Lego City Undercover (Spring 2017)

Arms (Spring 2017)

Super Bomberman R (March 2017)

Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! (March 2017)

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – (April 2017)

Splatoon 2 (Summer 2017)

NBA 2K18 (September 2017)

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrime (Fall 2017)

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (2017)

Super Mario Odyssey (Holiday 2017).

Fire Emblem Warriors (2017).

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