Most people had January 12th circled on their calendar. We have been eager to hear about what the Nintendo Switch is and when we can expect it. Well, we finally know much more than we ever have. The Nintendo Switch Presentation had gamers glued to their screens to see what the new console would be like. So, let’s break it down and take a look at some of the things we saw.
First off, Nintendo decided to talk to us a bit about their console history. They touched on every home console they have produced (except the Virtual Boy) and their handhelds. Nintendo stated that even the Gamecube handle was a sign that they were looking at making gaming more portable. So, the Switch is supposed to take all of their past ideas and fuse them into one amazing console.
When Does This Come Out? What Comes in the Bundle? For How Much?
You won’t have to wait long to get your hands on the Nintendo Switch. It will release on March 3rd, 2017. The bundle will come with the main console, a Left Joycon and a Right Joycon, the Joycon Grip, the stock to hold the console, a wrist strap, an AC Adapter, and an HDMI cable. There will be two bundles at launch which will be priced the exact same. One bundle will come with the gray Joycons while the other will feature a neon red and blue Joycon. The bundle will cost you $299.
The Joycons are one of the most interesting parts of the new console. Nintendo’s newest “HD Rumble” feature is something they were excited to talk about. They stated that the new feature will allow the Joycon to “convey the feeling of ice cubes in a cup.” Also, we learned that the user would even be able to count the amount of ice cubes that the controller is trying to convey. Now, it does seem like these are just the evolution of the old Wiimotes. We won’t be able to know until more users are able to get their hands on these controllers and test them out.
The bundle provides everything you’ll need to get started on the Switch. Nintendo has stated that the two Joycons are basically like having two controllers instead of just one in their bundle. Knowing the price and release date were two things that everyone was wondering, but that isn’t the only thing; We also wanted to know about games. Nintendo decided to fill us in on some of them.
What Can I Play Now?
Let’s start with the games that will be out at launch. Currently, we know of two games that will be launching alongside the Switch. The first one was 1-2 Switch. This game will show off the hardware, mainly the Joycons, and will be a party game to show to your friends. It seems to be a collection of many different games. When speaking on this game, Nintendo stated that this “can be played without looking at the TV.” Instead, you will look into your opponent’s eyes during the game. So, you will have more face-to-face interactions. It is obvious that this game was created to show off the newest feature of the Switch and try to recapture the old Wii Sports magic.
Probably the most anticipated game of the year would be The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Now we know it will be launching alongside the Nintendo Switch on March 3rd. They decided to close out the last bit of the presentation with this news, and it did not disappoint. Nintendo has been showcasing this game and building the hype for a couple of years now. We finally have had a chance to find out that something has happened with Link a century ago, but he cannot remember what. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait much longer to play this amazing looking game.
What is Coming Soon After Launch?
Soon after launch, you can look forward to Super Bomberman R. This game wasn’t showcased during the presentation, but appeared on Nintendo’s YouTube channel afterwards. The game will feature a full story campaign that you can play with a friend. It also features different boss battles that will give a different spin on classic Bomberman gameplay. They have also announced that classic 8-Player Battle Mode is back! I have always enjoyed the Bomberman franchise and am excited to see that it has found its way onto the Switch.
Soon after that, you will be able to race your friends in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Another game that was mysteriously not present during the presentation, but appeared on the Nintendo YouTube channel, is one that may be familiar to Wii U owners. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe appears to be the exact same game with some additional content. Battle Mode/Balloon Mode is back in this version of the game, pitting friends against one another in an intense arena racing competition. Most fans have been clamoring to get this mode back into Mario Kart, so Nintendo has answered their call. Also, different Splatoon squid kids have become racers in the game. I always thought Mario Kart 8 was a fantastic game, and adding a bit more content will make me enjoy going back to it and taking it on the road.
Spring and Summer Games
ARMS will launch in the Spring and will continue to show off the Joycons. Both players will need a Left and Right Joycon to participate in this boxing style game. Think of it as boxing with a Slinky attached to the glove. You will have to predict movements from your opponent and try to take them down. The game can be played solo, with a friend in local multiplayer, and online. This is one that you definitely want to play with a friend.
Sonic Mania was announced a while back, but it also appears to be showing up on the Switch in the Spring. Fans of the traditional 2D Sonic the Hedgehog games will rejoice when they see gameplay of this! Sonic goes back to his roots and plays on the nostalgia of the Sega Genesis. Though this game adds a new dashing mechanic, the game looks to be very similar to Sonic the Hedgehog 4. Sonic Mania isn’t exclusive to the Switch, however, and is also going to appear on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Once Summer hits, the newest Nintendo franchise will make its debut on the Switch. Splatoon 2 is bringing the Squid Kids back in another Turf War battle. New special weapons, arenas, and ways to play will make you keep coming back for more. Of course, you can take the game online and battle other players for endless hours of fun. Also, more content will come with its release.
Super Mario Claims a Holiday Slot
Nintendo’s biggest franchise will finally show up right before the holidays. Take control of Mario once again in Super Mario Odyssey. Play in a large sandbox, much like the one in Super Mario 64. Mario will explore unknown worlds during his travels, but you will quickly notice that he also explores the real world! Though this game would have been an amazing launch title, it is awesome to see a big game already waiting for you once Christmas comes around! Be sure to check your stocking for it!
Other Games Coming?
There are going to be many more games coming in the future. Nintendo stated that over eighty games are currently in development. We even saw a few trailers of other games that are in development, such as Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Fire Emblem Warriors, Project Octopath Traveler, Puyo Puyo Tetris, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. They also discussed games like FIFA, Dragon Quest 10, Dragon Quest 11, Dragon Heroes 1, and Dragon Heroes 2. We are not sure how far out these games are, but we know that Nintendo is actively looking to put out more and more. Hopefully, we will have an amazing library of games in the future.
Nintendo’s Online Service, Region Free, and Battery Life
Nintendo also spoke about their new online service, however, it wasn’t very clear as to how it would work. First off, we know that this will be a paid service. Users will be given a free trial period that will last until the Fall, though. Also, we learned that a smart device is required to use to connect with your friends. Most of us do have a smart phone or something to use, but to require something like that instead of being integrated into the system is odd. We know that an app will be available on the smart devices to use. Hopefully, Nintendo will speak more on this sooner rather than later.
We also discovered that the Nintendo Switch will be Region Free. Games from out of your country/region will be able to play on your console regardless of where you are. Also, we learned about the battery life. It is going to be relying on the game being run on it. They stated the system should last between 2.5 hours and 6 hours. I hope that it leans more heavily near the 6 hour mark.
Now, we have seen a good bit of Nintendo news. I’m exhausted, excited, and still concerned after seeing the presentation, but that’s just me. What about you? Are you going to buy the Nintendo Switch day one? Are you going to wait to see how others respond to it? Let me know in the comments below, on Twitter, or even Facebook.