Boy, we have a lot to get through today as far as Nintendo Switch news is concerned. The Japanese press conference didn’t start until 11:00pm EST last night, and growing baby boys like me went to bed the second they said goodbye. Before we get into all the little details of the event, though, let’s just start with this:
Nintendo Switch launches on March 3, and will be priced at $299.99.
And it won’t be region-locked.
Also, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches on the same day.
For that price you’ll get the console, dock, two Joy-Con controllers, a Joy-Con grip, a set of Joy-Con wrist straps, an HDMI cable, and an AC adapter. Switch will be available with the standard gray controllers we’ve seen since the October reveal, or in a version that includes one neon blue and one neon red Joy-Con. You will know and judge people based on which one they choose.
There were a few more interesting tidbits shown briefly, like the NFC reader on the right Joy-Con and the Capture Button—which takes screenshots and will be able to capture video in the future—on the left. There’s also an IR Motion camera in the right controller that will assist with motion controls by determining the distance, shape, and motion of nearby objects, and both controllers feature “advanced HD rumble.”
That motion and rumble was shown off in the first game they presented, the party-centric 1-2-Switch, which has you looking at the other player rather than the screen.
Then they showed off ARMS, which is about as Nintendo as a boxing game gets outside of Punch-Out:
As for the portability of the system, Nintendo said battery life will vary from game to game. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, for instance, will last around three hours on a single charge. Other games may last up to six-and-a-half hours or so.
Before we move on to individual posts, let’s do a quick rundown on some of the select first-party games Nintendo mentioned:
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: This one will be available in a standard edition, special edition, and Master Edition. Here’s Nintendo’s description of those:
The Special Edition includes the game, a Nintendo Switch Sheikah Slate Carrying Case, Sheikah Eye Collectible Coin, Relic of Hyrule: Calamity Ganon Tapestry and Weather-Worn Map, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sound Selection CD for a suggested retail price of $99.99. The Master Edition includes all of those items plus a Master Sword of Resurrection figure, and has a suggested retail price of $129.99.
1-2-Switch: Available on launch day.
ARMS: Available this spring.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: All DLC! New features! April!
Splatoon 2: A sequel with new stages, fashion, and weapons that’s due out this summer.
Super Mario Odyssey: More on this one later, but it’s not going to launch until holiday 2017.
Snipperclips – Cut it out, together!: An action-puzzle game that’s coming to the eShop in March.
Stick around today for more Switch news and videos! If you wanna watch the full presentation again or for the first time, knock yourself out:
Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS, every week at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.