Nintendo fans are jumping for joy [literally] with the announcement and imminent release of their latest console, the Nintendo Switch. With so much popularity soaring around the inter-webs we decided to compile a “everything you need to know” article pertaining to the Nintendo Switch.
For starters, this bad boy will launch on March 3, 2017. If you were planning on preordering yours before release date you may run into some road blocks along your way. Reports have gone out stating that all major retailers in the U.S are completely sold out of pre-orders, especially GameStop who just publicly announced that they have reached their allotted pre-order batch. Even with though Nintendo actively tried to reduce the possibility of the Switch becoming a limited quantity epidemic, it seems as though the same fate that fell upon the Wii and the NES Classic Edition were unavoidable.
If you happen to be one of the many who did not get the opportunity to pre-order don’t get discouraged just yet, GameStop has also stated that there is a possibility for more pre-orders to become available before launch -“We’re working closely with Nintendo to get additional Nintendo Switch units, and will let our customers know when they become available” – Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising
Who can argue with a $299.99 USD price tag? Everyone who held off on buying VR for it’s hefty price, thats who!
This is a very smart move for Nintendo as they phase out of Wii U sales and into their new console champion. The price will more than set a competitive standard for other video game juggernauts like Sony and Microsoft, especially since the Switch seems to be introducing more adult friendly games into Nintendo’s catalog to attract a bigger pool of gamers.
Whats In The Box
As we continue to dive in please note that the Switch will essentially come with everything you need to begin playing right out of the box. It comes with the console itself, the Nintendo Switch dock, two Joy-Con controllers (available in either gray or one neon blue and one neon red), the Joy-Con Grip, Joy-Con wrist straps, an HDMI cable, and a Nintendo Switch AC adapter; a perfect launch setup without forcing consumers to buy extra accessories.
How to Use Your Switch
You can either play the Nintendo Switch as a home console on your TV or take it on the go like a portable system. Its battery life will range between 2.5 hours and 6.5 hours depending on the game and the settings applied to it.
The switch has a full touchscreen monitor, motion controls, and HD rumble. There will also be a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, available separately for $69.99.
Nintendo’s goal to bring people together is still at the heart of the company’s drive, this is why the Switch will be able to link up to eight consoles at once for an amazing local multiplayer experience.
Online multiplayer/gaming will also be available through a service that will be free at the start of the Switch’s life and then a transition to a paid service will occur down the line. This service will also include an online lobby and voice chat, exclusive deals, and a monthly NES or SNES game playable for free that month.
Nintendo Switch games will come in cartridges rather than discs, and SD cards will be used for enhanced storage purposes. Digital games will be available through the Nintendo eShop like all other modern console have previously done.
So remember, you’ll be able to buy the Nintendo Switch on March 3 for $299.99.