Written by Jon Scarr.
In a press conference broadcasted live from Tokyo yesterday, Nintendo announced launch details of its much talked about and forthcoming console—the Nintendo Switch.
At a suggested retail price of $299 USD / $399 CDN, the Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide March 3rd, 2017 and the system will be region free.
In true Nintendo fashion, their new console, the Nintendo Switch, isn’t just about better graphics—its about changing the way you play games.
Nintendo’s new revolutionary device not only connects to your TV, but also allows you to take your game on the go.
The Nintendo Switch instantly transforms into an on-the-go handheld using its multi-touch 6.2-inch screen. Simply undock the Nintendo Switch and you can continue your game exactly where you left off.
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At the conference, Nintendo demonstrated the features of the snap on and snap off Joy-Con controllers.
Each Nintendo Switch system comes with two Joy-Con controllers that can be used independently in each hand, attach to the main console in handheld mode, or can be used together when attached to the Joy-Con grip.
The Joy-Con is no ordinary controller, each controller has a full set of buttons, its own accelerometer, gyro-sensor, a NFC touchpoint for amiibo figures, an IR Motion Camera, and advanced HD rumble.
Nintendo demonstrated the new gameplay possibilities with two unique and interesting games,1-2-Switch and ARMS. 1-2-Switch, a Wild West gunsligning game, doesn’t use the TV screen at all.
You play with your friends and stare into each other’s eyes while copying dance moves.
While not a traditional game, 1-2-Switch looks like it will be a great party game and fun for everyone to play.
The second game, ARMS, is a mixture of both boxing and shooting games.
You hold one Joy-Con in each hand and throw left and right punches, and can bend your punches by twisting your hands as you swing. Both 1-2-Switch, and ARMS look fun to play—I can’t wait to get my hands on them later this month at a special hands on Nintendo Switch even here in Toronto.
With over 80 games in development, and a wide variety of third party publishers including SEGA, Square Enix, Capcom, and Konami—it doesn’t look like the Nintendo Switch will have any problems with third party support.
Third party games announced and shown included FIFA Soccer, Dragon Quest X and XI, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Project Octopath Traveler, a new Shin Megami Tensei game, Super Bomberman R, FAST RMX, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, to name a few.
Nintendo’s first party games were shown in full force and looked amazing! In addition to 1-2-Switch and ARMS, Nintendo showed off Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Nintendo ended the show by announcing that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would launch the same day as the Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo’s Switch presentation left me excited and optimistic about the new hybrid console’s future and what it could mean to gaming.
Look for my hands-on impressions in the coming weeks, when Nintendo of Canada holds a special Switch event at the Metro Toronto convention Centre.
In the meantime, let me know in the comments section below if you are excited for the Nintendo Switch and what you are most looking forward to.
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Based out of Toronto, Jon is a proud Canadian who loves all things gaming. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been in love with technology and gaming for over 20 years. Jon has recently reviewed the PlayStation 4 Pro which you can read right here. Come say hi and join the conversation with Jon on Twitter.