Nintendo revealed in October previous year that the games machine would be a handheld device that doubles as a home console.
The Switch will operate in three modes: TV, Tabletop, and Handheld. The portable screen is 6.2 inches big and outputs at 720p.
A lot has been said about the Switch’s “Joy-Con” controllers, which can be slid off the side of tablet.
The Joy-Cons are basically next-gen Wii remotes. The left controller has a built-in capture mode for taking instant screenshots to share online, while the right controller has an NFC touchpoint for connecting to Amiibo figures and an infrared camera for detecting distance, shape and motion of objects in certain games.
They also (as suspected) have gyroscopes and accelerometers, just like the Wii Remote. In addition, the JoyCon also comes with IR camera, using which they will be able to detect different hand gestures.
Between Mario, Zelda, Splatoon, Mario Kart, Fire Emblem Warriors, and Xenoblade 2, the first party games headed to the device just this year alone look great- and yes, they’re enough to make me splurge on the system, in the end.
The Joy-Con grips detach and slide into a holster called the Joy-Con Grip or can also be used as separate controllers for multiplayer scenarios. The downside, of course, is that the Pro Controller will retail for $70.
Reservations for Nintendo Switch can be made now online at www.gamestop.com/switch or at any U.S. GameStop store location upon store open today with a $50 deposit that will be applied toward the $299.99 cost of the system. Snipperclips – Cut it out, together! is an eShop exclusive action game for $20 where players work cooperatively to cut paper characters into new shapes and solve puzzles. A demanding title like the upcoming Zelda should drain the battery fully in about 3 hours.
Heck, it might even mean accessory developers can build intriguing modular accessories for the Switch, knowing owners are already familiar with swapping on and off pieces of their console. One, 1-2 Switch, stretches the definition of a “video game”, since there isn’t really any video involved.
“IHS Markit expects Switch to comfortably outsell the Wii U but Nintendo faces an uphill task to translate its product vision into mainstream adoption although it will be aided in this ambition through its deep portfolio of games franchises”, Harding-Rolls said in a note.