NINTENDO SWITCH PRICING AND HARDWARE DETAILS
New consoles are always fun news to cover. Nintendo, for some reason, especially so. Maybe it’s the remembrances of playing on friend’s NES and Super NES systems or the memory of opening up a N64 on Christmas back in 1996, but Nintendo always brings a console and game to the market that truly make you feel like a kid when playing.
The Nintendo Switch is the latest console from Nintendo and it hits shelves on March 3 in the United States with a suggested retail price of $299.99. If you want hardware details, read on. If you just want to see some new games, skip ahead.
Shinya Takahashi, general manager of entertainment planning and development division, described the console as having “inherited DNA from each of the many hardware systems Nintendo has released to date.”
- NES included two controllers at its base price
- Gameboy defined gaming on the go
- SNES added more buttons to the controller
- Nintendo 64 added analog control stick and rumble feedback
- Gamecube had a handle to encourage moving the console
- DS brought touchscreens
- Wii added motion control
- Wii U allowed seamless gaming on TV or controller independently
The Switch operates in three modes: TV mode (classic console through TV gaming), tabletop mode (kickstand and standalone screen) and handheld mode (two halves of the controller attach to either side of the screen for on-the-go gameplay). The battery, depending what game you’re playing, is expected to last 2.5–6 hours per charge. The Switch can be charged via USB-C and AC adapter charging, along with charging on the home dock.
The Nintendo Switch is available for preorder now for $299.
WATCH TRAILERS FOR 10 NINTENDO SWITCH GAMES, INCLUDING MARIO AND ZELDA
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD
SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY
MARIO KART 8 DELUXE
FIRE EMBLEM WARRIORS
Scheduled for “holiday” 2017
XENOBLADE CHRONICLES 2
No release date announced
Scheduled for Spring 2017
SUPER BOMBERMAN R
Scheduled for March 2017