Nintendo Co. Ltd. this week said the Nintendo Switch will be sold Mar. 3 at $299.99.
Hardware battery life will range from 2.5 to 6.5 hours. The unit will employ a USB Type-C charge connection and a capacitive touch screen. In addition, up to eight units can be connected for LAN gaming.
The right Joy-Con controller includes an NFC reader to read and write amiibo data. The left Joy-Con controller includes a share button to capture. Both include gyroscopic sensors and extra L and R buttons that double as connectors to the hardware unit. Color variations include neon blue and neon red. Each Joy-Con will include HD rumble said to provide vibration technology that can even replicate the number of ice cubes in a glass.
New game titles include 1-2-Switch which is played through face-to-face action to be sold Mar. 3; Arms, a fighting sports game in which arms are extended to battle to be sold in spring 2017; Splatoon 2, the sequel to the paint-based squad shooter to be sold in summer 2017; Super Mario Odyssey, a new open world Mario adventure to be sold holiday 2017; Xenoblade 2, a sci-fi RPG sequel; Tecmo Koei Corp.’s Fire Emblem Warriors, an action-based variant of the strategy franchise; Square Enix Holdings Co.’s Dragon Quest Heroes I and II; Atlus Inc.’s Shin Megami Tensei V; Square Enix Holdings Co.’s Project Octopath Traveler, a new RPG; Bethesda Softworks’ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, EA Inc.’s FIFA; 2K Games NBA 2K18.
The Legend of Zelda: Breathe of the Wild will be sold at launch, Mar. 3, 2017.
Finally, the Nintendo Switch Online Service will be a premium option with a free trial at launch, and the hardware will not apply region locking to software.
At home the Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects to a standard television. When lifted from the dock the Nintendo Switch becomes a portable handheld device with a high-definition screen.
The hardware utilizes a custom Tegra processor from Nvidia Corp, which created custom software, including a revamped physics engine, new libraries, advanced game tools and libraries, and new gaming APIs.
Portable Joy-Con controllers can attach and detach from the Nintendo Switch. The Joy-Con Grip attaches both sides to the grip to resemble a home console controller. Each Joy-Con includes an analog stick and a four-button array.
Outside the home Joy-Con controllers can be used together for single-player games or can each be used separately for two-player local games. A Nintendo Switch Pro Controller with traditional format analog sticks and buttons will be sold separately.