Love it or hate it, the Nintendo Switch reveal has the internet buzzing and gamers everywhere are talking about the capabilities of the new system and the long list of amazing games that are scheduled for release throughout 2017. Today, Nintendo released news that over 80 games are currently in development for the Nintendo Switch system and included an image with approximate release dates for the most anticipated titles. Click here to see trailers for the games Nintendo announced at their January 13th Switch Presentation.
For unfamiliar with the Nintendo Switch and what it does, here’s a quick overview:
- What is it? The Nintendo Switch is the latest video game console from Nintendo. It combines the power of a traditional home console with the portability of a handheld.
- How does it work? The console bundle includes the console itself (which resembles a tablet device), a dock, and a Joy-Con controller. While the console is in the dock, games can be played on a normal television. The console can also be removed from the dock allowing games to be played on the go. The Joy-Con controller can be attached to the console for mobile gaming or attached to a provided grip and used like a traditional controller.
- What are the system specs? The screen is a 6.2-inch multi-touch capacitive touch screen with a 1280 x 720 pixel display. It comes with 32GB of internal memory and allows for storage space expansion via microSDHC or microSDXC cards. Battery life is expected to be anywhere from 3-6 hours depending on software usage and playing conditions.
- Does it allow online play? Nintendo has been criticized in the past for having a poor online service. To remedy this, they’ll be introducing a new Nintendo Switch Online Service. The new service will be free when the system launches but will become subscription based sometime in Fall 2017. Exact dates and pricing information has not yet been released.
- How does the online play compare to Xbox or PlayStation? Nintendo’s online service pricing hasn’t been revealed yet, however, most people expect it to be similar to the pricing for Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus which are both $9.99 per month. Unlike the Xbox and PlayStation networks, however, Nintendo’s new online service won’t have native voice chat. Nintendo has revealed that online lobby and voice chat will be handled by a smartphone app that users can download to their phone or tablet. Also, Nintendo isn’t offering free games the same way that Microsoft and Sony do with their monthly subscriptions. Instead, Nintendo’s subscribers will receive month-long demos of NES and SNES games which will change each month.
- When is it coming out and how much will it cost? It’s scheduled for released on March 3, 2017 for $299. The two available bundles include the console, a dock, the Joy-Con, a Joy-Con Grip, and two Joy-Con straps.