Nintendo Switch release date and price
Latest from AROUND the Gaming world is the Nintendo Switch March 2017 and that’s still the release date for the Nintendo Switch.
We’re still a long way off the Nintendo Switch release date so a price is not something which Nintendo will announce until closer to that time. However, Tesco may have accidentally revealed the Switch price with a landing page which was quickly taken down. It listed the then named NX at £349.
While that’s a reasonably high price, Ben Parfitt of MCV writes: “This is a machine that is targeting the mass market, and Nintendo certainly plans for it to have a mass market price. Price is one Wii U mistake Nintendo is determined not to repeat. This could be NX’s single biggest win.” That was before the Switch preview trailer, though, and he now suggests around £300 as “that kit won’t come cheap”.
However, CEO Tatsumi Kimishima revealed to investors that the Nintendo NX will not be made at a loss, having learned from the Wii U. “When Wii U was launched, the yen was very strong. I am assuming that situation will not repeat itself. Selling at a loss at launch would not support the business, so we are keeping that mind in developing NX,” he said.
Nintendo Switch specs and details
One of the first things to tackle is that the NX console is, as per rumours, both a home console and a handheld device at the same time. It’s a hybrid of sorts which is an evolution of the Wii U’s Gamepad.
It might be helpful to think of the Nintendo Switch like the Nvidia Shield tablet. It’s a tablet device which appears to contain all the hardware which has a docking station which then plugs into your TV – this is how it switches from being a traditional home console to handheld.
“In addition to providing single-player and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles,” said Nintendo.
Nintendo Switch launch games
While Nintendo hasn’t officially announced a list of launch titles for the Nintendo Switch, there are some things we can say now.
For starters, we know that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be available on Switch and we’re really hoping it’s available with the console on launch day. It’s shown off in the preview trailer along with a Mario game which also looks like it will be a launch title.
Also spotted in the video are Splatoon, Skyrim and Monster Hunter.
What Nintendo has said it that “Developers can design their games supporting a variety of play styles, which gives gamers the freedom to choose an experience that best suits them.” It has also announced a long list of partners which will be supporting the Nintendo Switch.
• 505 Games
• Arc System Works
• Bandai Namco
• CRI Middleware
• Electronic Arts
• Epic Games
• Firelight Technologies
• Grasshopper Manufacturer
• Gungho Online Entertainment.
• Hamster Corporation
• Inti Creates
• Koei Tecmo Games
• Konami Digital Entertainment
• Maximum Games
• Nippon Ichi Software
• Parity Bit
• RAD Game Tools
• SEGA Games
• Silicon Studio Corporation
• Spike Chunsoft Co
• Square Enix
• Starbreeze Studios
• Take-Two Interactive Software
• Telltale Games
• THQ Nordic
• Tokyo RPG Factory
• TT Games
• Unity Technologies
• Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
• Web Technology Corp