Nintendo Switch Presentation

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Zelda is indeed a launch title.

There have been a ton of rumors and speculation regarding Nintendo’s upcoming handheld console hybrid.  Some were actually true, some were false and some remain undetermined.  The good news is that the Nintendo Switch will launch on 3 March 2017 and the retail price is $299.99. Nintendo did not release the specs for the Switch which is disappointing and reinforces my belief that the rumored specs are true.  On the bright side, Zelda: Breath of the Wild is indeed a launch title and the trailer shown was epic.  I listed the things that caught my eye in the presentation video but if you have an hour to spare and didn’t watch it last night feel free to click on the video.

  • No region lock
  • Free online service trial however Nintendo will start charging in Fall of 2017
  • Battery life is between 2 1/2 to 6 1/2 hours depending on the software or games being played
  • USB C charging
  • 8 systems can be linked for local play via wireless
  • 3 portable modes (tablet, handheld and table top)
  • NFC capability for Amiibo’s
  • Capture button for screen shots over social media.  Video support will be implemented later.
  • Motion control in Joy Cons
  • IR camera in Joy Con can detect hand movements and distance (rock, paper, scissors)
  • Joy Cons include new HD rumble technology
  • 2 additional colors for Joy Cons (red and blue)
  • Wrist straps for Joy Cons add more size and grip to controller
  • New party game from Nintendo called 1 2 Switch utilizes Joy Cons and will be a launch title
  • ARMS is a new Nintendo IP which utilizes both Joy Cons looks like a cross between Punch Out and Sega’s Virtua On
  • Splatoon 2 announced and releases in Summer of 2017
  • New Mario game announced titled Mario Odyssey, release date is set for Holiday 2017 and the game reminds me of Sonic Adventure
  • Xenoblade 2 was shown from Monolith Soft but no release date was given
  • Team Ninja is working on a Fire Emblem Warriors but no game play was shown
  • 50 third parties developers/publishers are signed up
  • Currently 80 games are in development
  • Dragon Quest X and XI and Dragon Quest 1 and 2 announced
  • Atlus announced new Shin Megami Tensei game which uses the Unreal Engine 4
  • New RPG from Square Enix titled Project Octopath Traveler
  • Bethesda confirms support for Nintendo Switch and Skyrim port
  • Suda51 announces new No More Heroes game
  • EA announces support with a new FIFA game
  • Did I mention Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a launch title release

Well there you have it.  Are you excited for Nintendo’s new handheld console hybrid?  Will you be making the “Switch”?