What We Know About The Nintendo Switch (So Far)

Probably the most talked about gaming console right now is the upcoming Nintendo Switch, also known simply as NX. A few days ago, Nintendo held a livestream from Tokyo to let us know a bit more about the new console. Probably the most important bit of information that we got concerned pre-orders for the new console, but keep reading to see what we know about the upcoming release of the Nintendo Switch.

What happened at the livestream event?

Lots of things, some of which you’ll see mentioned below. But, if you want to watch the entire thing, then just check out the video below.

What exactly is it?

The new Nintendo Switch bridges the gap between portable and home consoles by being a sort of hybrid of the two. It comes with a docking station, so that you can play it at home and the detachable controllers make it easy to play anywhere, with anyone. Prop the docking tablet up on your airplane seat’s tray table and share the controllers with a seat mate. Or, keep it all to yourself in handheld mode. One cool features is that it comes ready for multi-player compatibility and can connect to up to eight wi-fi devices.

Nintendo Switch with Gray Joy-Con

How do I get one?

The Nintendo store in NYC was taking pre-orders a few days ago, and several online retailers like Best Buy were doing the same. The sad truth is that if you haven’t already signed up for a pre-order unit, then you likely won’t get one on launch day.

How much is it?

The cost of the Nintendo Switch is $299.99. The standard console comes with the gray joy-con, but there is also one for the same price that features neon blue and red joy cons.

Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy-Con

What’s in the box?

When you buy this gaming console, you get pretty much everything that you need. It comes with the tablet console, the tablet docking station, the two Joy-Con controllers, a Joy-Con grip, the AC adapter, a HDMI cable, and two Joy-Con wrist straps.

What accessories are available?

Nintendo is selling a few different accessories already for this console. So far, they are listing the following:

  • Nintendo Switch Pro Controller (MRSP $69.99)
  • Joy-Con™ controllers (MRSP $79.99) – in case you need an extra set
  • Joy-Con (L)/Joy-Con (R) (MSRP $49.99) – these are for adding more players to compatible games
  • Joy-Con Charging Grip (MSRP $29.99) – for if you want to charge the joy-con while playing
  • Nintendo Switch Dock Set (MSRP $89.99) – for if you want an extra set for another TV in the house
  • Joy-Con Wheel (Set of 2) (MSRP $14.99) – for those awesome racing games

What games can you play at launch?

Though you don’t have a lot of choices, you do get a new Zelda game, which is pretty sweet. Games available at launch are:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • 1-2-Switch
  • Skylanders Imaginators
  • Super Bomberman R
  • Just Dance 2017

Lots of other great titles are on the slate for 2017, but this is all you get for now. Some upcoming titles include:

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Has Been Heroes
  • I Am Setsuna
  • Sonic Mania
  • Lego City Undercover
  • Arms
  • Super Bomberman R
  • Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together!
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Where can I get more info on it?

In addition to the official Nintendo website and Twitter account, we suggest that you follow the Nintendo Switch subreddit, we loads of fans are already discussing this new gaming console.

images via Nintendo

Sam Frazier
 

As a child of the 80’s, my fondest gaming memories are playing Pitfall, Frogger, Kaboom! and Chopper Command on our old Atari 8600. These days I’ve been rocking the Nintendo Classic and learning some new card and board games with the family.

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