The Nintendo Switch which was officially unveiled back in October 2016 will be available in Japan, U.S., Canada, and major European countries starting March 3, Nintendo announced during its live stream presentation on Thursday night.The hybrid video game console will cost $299 in the US, £280 in the UK and 29,980 Yen in Japan.
Earlier code-named NX, the Switch’s main unit is shaped similarly to a tablet, featuring two detachable controllers on both sides called ‘Joy-Con’.The main unit is connected to a TV through a ‘Switch Dock’, from which it can be removed and used as a portable console.
Nintendo Switch Specifications:
The Nintendo Switch uses a 6.2-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) multi-touch capacitive touch display.Under the hood, is a custom Nvidia Tegra processor paired with 32GB of internal storage which can also be further expanded microSDXC card.The Switch comes two speakers at the bottom and a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top.It also has an ambient light sensor for auto brightness adjustment.Games for the console will come in the form of small cartridges called Game Cards.
As for connectivity, the Switch comes with Wi-Fi 802.11ac with the ability to connect to up to eight Switch consoles at once for local multiplayer.When connected to the dock, the Switch can support up to 1080p resolution through an HDMI connection to an attached TV.The battery life is estimated to between 2.5 and 6 hours, depending on the games being played; Nintendo says ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played for roughly 3 hours on a single charge,’.The battery will be charged by a standard USB-C connector.
The Nintendo Switch will be region-free and will require a paid online subscription for playing multiplayer games, though this service will be offered as a free trial for a few months after the launch.
The Company also revealed a bunch of new game titles for the Switch which includes The Legend of Zelda, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe which will launch on 28 April, Super Mario Odyssey which launches in the “holiday season”, and Splatoon 2 which will launch in the summer.
The Switch will come in two color options: Gray and Neon Blue & Neon Red.Each Nintendo Switch will come bundled with 2 Joy-Con controllers, Dock, Joy-Con Wrist Straps, Joy-Con Grip, HDMI Cable and an AC Adapter.