Last week Nintendo held their big Switch conference detailing the hardware, controllers, and of course, the games. Now that the dust has settled on the presentation, here is DNA’s breakdown of The Nintendo Switch.
What is the Nintendo Switch?
The Switch is designed as a home console – portable gaming hybrid system, allowing the player to play console quality games anywhere. It is a tablet like device with a 6.2 inch, 720p display, a multi-touch screen, and removable controllers called Joy-Cons that you can also plug into your TV and play on the big screen.
There are many ways to play:
TV Mode: You can insert Switch into a docking station, which allows it to be played on your television. The Joy-Con controllers can then be used wirelessly to play games from your couch; or they can be attached to a grip accessory to provide a more traditional controller experience. A Switch Pro controller is also available to use, but is sold separately.
Portable Mode: You can eject Switch from its docking station and take it with you to play on the go. The Joy-Con controllers are attached directly to the sides of the screen, making it resemble a Wii U gamepad that can function on its own.
Tabletop Mode: You can setup the Switch’s inbuilt kickstand on any flat surface, and detach its Joy-Con controllers, allowing one to two players to enjoy games wherever they like.
What are the Joy-Cons and how do they work?
The Joy-Cons are Nintendo Switch’s primary control scheme. Each Joy-Con includes a full set of buttons, and each side can act as a standalone controller. Inside the Joy-Con is an IR Motion Camera that allows for motion control and to detect different hand gestures. The Joy-Cons also feature HD Rumble, which gives them the ability to convey different types of vibrations, giving actual weight to actions. For example, Nintendo used the controller to simulate the vibration of shaking a cup with an ice cube in it. They even recognized how many ice cubes were in the cup! That’s the future people. The right Joy-Con includes a NFC reader to scan Amiibo, while a capture button on the left Joy-Con allows you to take screenshots to share with others across social media. Don’t forget to wear your wrist straps!
What’s in the box?
Inside the box, Nintendo is giving you everything you need to get started, including the Nintendo Switch console, a set of left and right Joy-Con controllers, the Joy-Con wrist straps, the Joy-Con “Derpy Puppy” Charging Grip, the Nintendo Switch Dock, an HDMI cable, and an A/C adaptor. There are two different choices when buying the console: one with the gray Joy-Con controllers we’ve previously seen in Nintendo’s material, and another with one of each of the newly announced blue and red Joy-Con controllers. Both editions cost the same MSRP of $299.99. Nintendo has release images showing a closer look at what’s inside the box.
What are the other accessories?
Nintendo Switch has many different controller and accessory options for your needs.
- Nintendo Switch Pro Controller – $70
- Joy-Con Controllers (set of two, L and R) – $80
- Joy-Con L or Joy-Con R (sold separately) – $50
- Joy-Con Charging Grip – $30
- Nintendo Switch Dock Set – $90
- Joy-Con Wheel (set of two) – $15
What is Nintendo Switch’s Battery Life like?
Nintendo answered the long awaited question about Switch’s battery life. The unit can last over six hours unplugged, but will vary depending what the user is using it for. For example users should be able play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for (roughly) three hours. The Switch has a USB-C charging port, which is located at the bottom of the unit.
How much do Switch games cost?
Nintendo and third parties seem to be experimenting with different price points. Games like 1, 2, Switch retail for just $49.99, while The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Arms, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe all retail at $59.99. Standard AAA releases will most likely keep up with their competitors at $60.
What physical format do Switch Games come on?
Nintendo Switch is using a cartridge format called game cards similar to 3DS this generation to keep the system small and portable.
Does the Switch comes bundled with any games?
Unlike the Wii and Wii U, the Switch won’t come bundled with a pack-in game. According to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, the exclusion had to do with the console’s price, the priority of including everything that consumers need to use the console, and giving them the freedom to decide what software they want to buy.
Here is a list of all of the games announced for Nintendo Switch. Look for future coverage on the games we are looking forward to!
First Party Games
- Fire Emblem Warriors (Developed by Koei Techmo)
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Splatoon 2
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Xenoblade Chronicles X
- Untitled Pokemon Game
Major Third Party Games
- Disgaea 5 Complete
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Dragon Quest Heroes I & II
- Dragon Quest X
- Dragon Quest XI
- Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Farming Simulator 18
- Has Been Heroes
- I am Setsuna
- Lego City Undercover
- Minecraft: Story Mode Complete
- Minecraft: Switch Edition
- NBA 2K18
- Project Octopath Traveler
- Project Sonic 2017
- Puyo Puyo Tetris
- Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition
- Shin Megami Tensei Untitled Game
- Sonic Mania
- Super Bomberman R
- Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
- Untitled No More Heroes
- Untitled Tales Series Game
Major Independent Titles
- The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth +
- Fast RMX
- Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas
- Shovel Knight
- Stardew Valley
- Steamworld Untitled Project