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Well Kiddos its officially the 1980s again and Nintendo is coming in strong. Any doubts or worries we had about Nintendo’s latest hardware is put to rest. I have always thought and stand by the motion that, “Software makes a successful platform, not hardware.”But for those who care, here are the things we know about the Switch itself. Nintendo has confirmed the following and other details will be available later on.
- 6.2 Inch Multi-touch Capacitive Touchscreen w/ 720P Resolution
- 32GB onboard storage with MicroSD support
- 3.5MM Headphone jack, because it takes courage to leave it alone
- Stereo Sound Speakers
- 3 Hour Battery Life
- Games are on cartridges
DeNA have helped introduce some interesting functions to the mysterious Joy-cons. They feature advance rumble feedback and can sense distance without a sensor bar. Like the Wiimotes, they come with wrist straps to ensure safety and to make the Joy-cons more comfortable to hold. NFC support is also baked in the Joy-Cons and not the Switch screen itself. The big N has announced there are over 80 different games in development and we were presented with big announcements from Square Enix to EA.
It’s been a long time since Nintendo had Third Party Developers like this. Everyone’s faith has been restored and its seems like Sony and Microsoft have serious competition. Innovation was on point and even Todd Howard from Bethesda Studios is eagerly awaiting for their next big hit on the Switch. The latest Mario Game dubbed “Super Mario Odyssey” showed off nice visuals and an expansive world. It’s been some time since Mario last had a game this robust and massive. Other big titles such as Splatoon 2 and Xenoblade 2 will release along with Mario at a later date. The following games are available to pre-order at the moment.
- Binding of Isaac Afterbirth
- Has-been Heroes
- Just Dance 2017
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Lego City Undercover
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Puyo Puyo Tetris
- Skylanders: Imaginators SP
- Splatoon 2
- Super Mario Odyssey
The Nintendo Switch is officially launching March 3, 2017 worldwide with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. As of the presentation stands, you will be able to purchase the Nintendo Switch Console with two flavors. Standard Matte Black and another variation with blue and red Joy-cons dubbed Neon. Nintendo is making most of its money thru game preorders and accessories. I’m not surprised as Nintendo has a history of selling the initial unit cheap and make the accessories expensive. Prices may vary and be subject to change per retailer.
- Nintendo Switch Console 299.99USD
- Nintendo Switch Joy-Con 79.99USD
- Nintendo Switch Game Pre-orders 39.99 – 129.99USD
- Nintendo Switch Console Bag 39.99USD
- Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charging Station 29.99USD
- Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Power-grip 29.99USD
- Nintendo Switch AC Adapter 29.99USD
- Nintendo Switch Hybrid Cover 24.99USD
- Nintendo Switch Case with Screen Protector 19.99USD
- Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Grip 14.99USD
- Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Strap 7.99USD
The Switch is all about Multiplayer and enjoying the experience with all your friends/family. Up to 8 players Local Multiplayer and are now setting up a equivalent online services like Sony and Microsoft. This of course means, starting in Fall, the Big N will begin charging like everyone else. I of course was expecting this move and will further indict how serious Nintendo cares about staying relevant. The big N have not announced a Price Point but will likely follow suit to PS+ and Xbox Live. Until more games are available, I don’t see a lot of people adopting it. More than likely, the free games will be enough for some and lacking for others. This is pretty much the feeling people get from PS+ Games and Games with Gold. With that said, PC is officially the only platform with free online features.
Social interactions and game play have been well thought out. You will be able to have chat and setup gaming sessions via mobile. I can imagine some games would even offer mobile add-ons to encourage longer use of their products and services. Many retailers have already sold out of these hot cakes and thus continues trends of Nintendo marketing so far. I expect the Neon Colors to be more sought after for a little while until Nintendo releases additional colors. Almost Guaranteed this will happen and limited edition variants will surface with given time.
Let us know your thoughts of the presentation and what games are hoping to see blossom on Nintendo’s latest platform. What were your highlights on the presentation and what would you like to see change further in the Switch Platform? I’m extremely curious how the OS will look and will we see the features of the Super Famicom Satellaview come into play? Imagine using the Animal Crossing Game as the menu hub for the Nintendo Switch. A Pokemon Stadium would definitely be interesting to see with the Joy-con setup. Portable 2 Player Pokemon Battles with Stadium environments sound awesome and throw in 8 Player support to add the icing on the cake. Nintendo has stated all the features of all past consoles and portables made it into the Switch. This would be the perfect opportunity to play the allusive BS titles Japan only got via Virtual Console. We will have to wait and see what the future brings us.
Be sure to check out their youtube channel for the Treehouse Event for additional details once its up.
UPDATE: Nintendo has introduced not well received online membership policies and the internet is grilling them. If Nintendo doesn’t change this BS, They could fail ultimately. Hopefully all this backlash will be enough to convince them to reverse their insane polices. Nintendo may have done more preorders than before but their stock prices are dropping at an alarming rate. There are Dank Memes beyond the eye can see.
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