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Nintendo Switch Launches March 3 Worldwide, Costs $299

Nintendo has announced the release date and price for the Nintendo Switch.

The console will launch on March 3rd worldwide. A $299 / 29,980 yen price was also confirmed, Europeans will have to check your local retailers.

Nintendo confirmed the console’s online services will be free around launch, however it will have a subscription fee sometime this fall. Battery life on the system is estimated between 3.5 to 6.5 hours on the go, pending the game and how much performance it uses. The Switch will naturally support Amiibo figures.

Here’s what’s included in the standard retail unit:

  • Nintendo Switch console
  • Nintendo Switch dock
  • Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R)
  • Two Joy-Con strap accessories
  • One Joy-Con grip
  • HDMI cable
  • Nintendo Switch AC adapter

Here’s some more pertinent details like controller mechanics, tech specs, and more:

Joy-Con

  • Includes traditional inputs of previous platforms, such as two analog sticks, A/B/X/Y buttons (or directional buttons), and two shoulder buttons.
  • Each Joy-Con can be used as a single controller. When playing this way, Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R) have the same button layout. When a Joy-Con is held horizontally, the buttons on top can be used as L and R Buttons (they are called the SL and SR Buttons).
  • Capture Button: The Capture Button is located on Joy-Con (L) and is used to take gameplay screen shots. The player can then view, edit (add text of various sizes, colors and positions) and post them to popular social media networks.
  • Motion Control: Each Joy-Con includes a gyroscope and accelerometer.
  • HD Rumble: Both Joy-Con include advanced HD Rumble, which can provide compatible games with subtle vibrations that are much more realistic than before. The effect is so detailed that a player could, for example, feel the sensation of individual ice cubes colliding inside a glass when shaking a Joy-Con. With HD Rumble you can experience a level of realism not possible through sights and sounds alone.
  • IR Motion Camera: Joy-Con (R) includes an IR Motion Camera that can detect the distance, shape and motion of nearby objects in specially designed games. For example, it can tell how far away a player’s hand is, and even if the hand is forming a rock, paper or scissors shape.
  • amiibo: There is an NFC reader/writer located on Joy-Con (R). (This is also included in the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.) Nintendo Switch is compatible with existing amiibo; usage is game-dependent.
  • Rechargeable: Joy-Con charge while attached to a docked Nintendo Switch system. They can also be charged using a Nintendo Switch charging grip accessory (sold separately).
  • Colors: Joy-Con are available in multiple colors at launch: gray, neon red and neon blue.
  • Release Button: On the back of each Joy-Con is a small button that is pressed to detach the controller from the main unit.

Technical Specs

  • Screen: Nintendo Switch has a 6.2-inch capacitive multi-touch screen that can display a resolution of 1280 x 720.
  • Dock: The Nintendo Switch dock holds, powers, and charges the system, and outputs video and audio from the system to a TV or external display.
  • Stand: A stand on the back of the main unit can be deployed to position the system upright in tabletop mode.
  • Media: Game cards • Video Output: HDMI; up to 1080p resolution when played in TV mode (up to 720p when played in handheld or tabletop mode)
  • Audio Output: TV Mode supports 5.1 channel surround sound. Using the system’s built-in audio jack, stereo speakers or headphones can be used when played in handheld or tabletop modes.
  • Battery: Battery life can last for more than six hours, but will vary depending on the software and usage conditions. For example, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played for roughly three hours on a single charge. While away from home, Nintendo Switch can be charged by plugging the AC adapter into the console’s USB Type-C connector.
  • Storage: Nintendo Switch has 32GB of internal storage, a portion of which is reserved for use by the system, and has the option to expand its capacity using microSDXC or microSDHC memory cards.
  • SoC: Custom Tegra processor powered by NVIDIA
  • Other: USB ports on the Nintendo Switch dock can be used to charge accessories such as the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and Joy-Con attached to a Joy-Con charging grip. The USB ports can also be used with a USB LAN adaptor to connect to the Internet.
  • Networking: Nintendo Switch can connect to the Internet via a wireless (IEEE 802.11ac) connection. In addition, up to 8 systems can connect over a local wireless connection in compatible multiplayer games. While docked, Nintendo Switch can also use a wired Internet connection by connecting a LAN Adapter.

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70 comments
  1. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    January 12, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    A worldwide release is a good decision. The price also seems good. I wonder if they are selling at a loss this time around.

  2. Neojames82
    Neojames82
    January 12, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Lots of people watching a stream of the event were not that impressed by it. $300….it is an okay price tag but I’m not going to bite at that much, maybe within a year and below $250 or $200. Again, going to see what the games are like.

  3. NuclearKangaroo
    NuclearKangaroo
    January 12, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    3.5 hours doesnt seem like much, whats this thing about performance and how can i known which games will turn my switch into a paperweight in 3 hours?

  4. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    TheOnceAndFutureKing
    January 13, 2017 at 12:10 am

    up in Canada that translates to around $400, so guess I’ll be getting one in 2019

  5. ? Jokerino ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
    ? Jokerino ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
    January 13, 2017 at 12:10 am

    I went in with reasonable low expectations and so far I’m disappointed.

  6. ? Jokerino ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
    ? Jokerino ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
    January 13, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Wonder how the Nintendrones will react to this, you know what forget I said that. I can already see it, they’ll love everything Nintendo showed and justify the fee for the online subscription.

    Anyways, me personally, I had low expectations for this and right now I’m quite disappointed. The price isn’t much of a problem to me, well it kinda of is since the specs aren’t too great, the battery life will last between 3.5 to 6.5 hrs but that depends on the games you play and how much performance it uses. Maybe I will get one Day 1 or wait until it’s $250 atleast. I’m unsure on it.

  7. Espio419
    Espio419
    January 13, 2017 at 12:24 am

    It’ll be less than $300 if you buy it used if these slit-eyed jews don’t purposely keep stock low.

  8. 3rdStrike_Ebi
    3rdStrike_Ebi
    January 13, 2017 at 12:30 am

    $299 USD likely means $549 AUD, because fuck you, we’re Australia.

  9. Syndromic
    Syndromic
    January 13, 2017 at 12:34 am

    That’s why we don’t buy in retail game stores like EB games. It’s probably cheaper in Playasia.

  10. Phasmatis75
    Phasmatis75
    January 13, 2017 at 1:06 am

    No way am I paying $300 for an over priced gimmick. If it was $250 perhaps around the next holidays. Not for something weaker than the Xbox One and PS4.

  11. Phasmatis75
    Phasmatis75
    January 13, 2017 at 1:08 am

    It’s supposed to merge the hand held market with the console market with that short battery life…yep it’s dead on arrival.

  12. Zombie_Barioth
    Zombie_Barioth
    January 13, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Its 3.5-6.5 though, so I would guess somewhere in-between would be more common.

    Given the supposed quality of the games that’s not too bad really. The Shield lasts about that long, and that’s with games like Portal or Half-Life, while Switch will have current gen games.

  13. 真・女神転生
    真・女神転生
    January 13, 2017 at 4:15 am

    confirmed only 2 million worldwide at launch

  14. John Smith.
    John Smith.
    January 13, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Let us see Ninfaildo.

    299,95 for the console, 60 for a game plus 69,99 for a decent charger if I want to play on the go.

    Pretty lousy battery life, weak game line up with far to many ports.

    Sorry Ninfaildo, no sale for me.

  15. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    January 13, 2017 at 6:51 am

    25% less than the PS4 at launch and 50% less than buying a 3DS and Wii U at launch.

  16. NuclearKangaroo
    NuclearKangaroo
    January 13, 2017 at 7:11 am

    you didnt understand my point, if a game can reduce the battery life to only 3.5 hours, how am i supposed to know which games consume this much power, the fact they didnt elaborate leads me to believe the 6.5 side of the spectrum will be reserved for indies and virtual console games, while anything current gen will consume so much power that taking the console on the go will simply be pointless

  17. ElKonsolero
    ElKonsolero
    January 13, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Feel like 300 is a bit too much at this point. Most people will already have a PS4, XBONE or 3DS at this point so i don´t see many people hopping on at that pricetag for a secondary console. Battery life seems pretty low for a handheld, hope somewhere down the line they manage to sell chargers or powerbanks so that the battery life goes up.

    The line-up i´ve seen so far by scrolling through here seems alright for the start.

    I don´t see many early adopters outside of Japan but i do hope that the Switch is a success. The idea is pretty neat and i feel Nintendo sticking around as console/handheld manufacturer is vital to the gamingbusiness.

  18. MusouTensei
    MusouTensei
    January 13, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Too much, especially without game (no, not 1, 2, bitch).

  19. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    January 13, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Doesn’t the New 3DS only do 3-6 hours or so depending on the game, brightness, and if 3D is used?

  20. Feniks
    Feniks
    January 13, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Maybe it will do a Firephone.

  21. makubexnas
    makubexnas
    January 13, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Better Switch to PS4.

  22. Gin Tosh
    Gin Tosh
    January 13, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R)
    Two Joy-Con strap accessories
    One Joy-Con grip

    That’s a lot of bullshit for a portable. Which will you lose/break first?

  23. NuclearKangaroo
    NuclearKangaroo
    January 13, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    i dont know about the New 3DS, but my 3DS’s battery sure as hell doesnt last 3 hours

  24. Zombie_Barioth
    Zombie_Barioth
    January 13, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    No, I got your point, that’s why I said its best to expect somewhere in the middle than either extreme.

    Especially with Nintendo’s own games, which are probably less demanding and favor performance.

  25. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    January 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    It’s competing with the current PS4, though.

  26. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    January 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Did they mention anything about simultaneous release of games on the Switch and WiiU at least for a while, or is the WiiU truly dead now?

  27. Sebastian Mikulec
    Sebastian Mikulec
    January 13, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Dead on arrival.

  28. Battlegum
    Battlegum
    January 13, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    $299 and a subscription fee… so Nintendo is still way out of touch with it’s gamers. Makes that PS4 slim bundle with UC4 I got from Target for $327 with tax included such a great deal.

  29. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    January 14, 2017 at 1:00 am

    I just checked, 3DS battery life is in the 3-6 hour range. It depends on the game, wireless usage, screen brightness, and if 3D is turned on. If you never use 3D, the you’ll obviously get longer battery life.

  30. le master trole
    le master trole
    January 14, 2017 at 5:17 am

    It’s not. The whole stationary/portable concept is unique and lots of people will buy it for the inevitable Mario/Zelda and maybe Pogeymans games that will be on it.

  31. le master trole
    le master trole
    January 14, 2017 at 5:18 am

    >implying anyone cares about processing power on a Zeldario station

  32. le master trole
    le master trole
    January 14, 2017 at 5:20 am

    >the price is okay except it isn’t
    >maybe I’ll get it day1, maybe not

    Great post, keep it up.

  33. PixelBuff
    PixelBuff
    January 14, 2017 at 11:04 am

    It’s a good thing that SMT game is probably gonna take like 4 years to develop because that’s how many years of price drops it’s gonna take for me before considering buying one.

  34. UnpluggedBeta
    UnpluggedBeta
    January 14, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Tegra? It’s running an ARM processor? That could be really, really annoying to port to from the x86 consoles/pc, but I see a lot of ports already, so maybe they did it in a smart way? Vulkan maybe?

  35. UnpluggedBeta
    UnpluggedBeta
    January 14, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    It will be interesting to see if Nintendo’s fanbase and supporters can allow them to keep doing this. Personally, I’d rather them go the way of Sega.

  36. Phasmatis75
    Phasmatis75
    January 14, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Wii U didn’t sell for crap, so I guess people do care when a console doesn’t have good processing power and a lack of good games.

  37. le master trole
    le master trole
    January 15, 2017 at 7:47 am

    it has OpenGL, Vulkan and that one proprietary “NVN”-API by Jewvidya

  38. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    January 15, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    I highly doubt people will buy this looking more at the portability of it than as a console, given its size. It’s hardly portable outside of a backpack.

  39. NuclearKangaroo
    NuclearKangaroo
    January 15, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    didnt seem like it, then again i really play mostly pirated DS games

    that being said, theres no feature on the switch you can “turn off” to increase battery life, so im still not sold, i still have no way of knowing which games will make the thing last 3.5 hours unpluggled and which will make it last 6

  40. NuclearKangaroo
    NuclearKangaroo
    January 15, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    well expecting the middle doesnt really help me when i end up with a switch turning off after 3.5 hours when i expected it to last 5

    i believe they must come up with some way of knowing this

  41. Zombie_Barioth
    Zombie_Barioth
    January 15, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    No, but then that’s why I said it’d probably be more common, not the standard. I don’t think its that big a deal.

    Nintendo’s QA is pretty thorough. I would imagine they tested quite a few, if not most of their own games.

    This was also probably with max brightness, wifi, and everything else that could possibly drain battery, so mileage may very even more.

  42. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    January 15, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    It has two of the three things you can change to save power as the 3DS (WiFi on/off and adjust screen brightness).

  43. brainiac7
    brainiac7
    January 16, 2017 at 9:58 am

    32GB of internal storage…. lol wut?

  44. NuclearKangaroo
    NuclearKangaroo
    January 16, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    hopefully that’ll be enough

  45. GameZard
    GameZard
    January 16, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    No need as I have a PC :^). But I agree that the Switch is too expensive to compete with the PS4.

  46. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    January 17, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Its killer app is also releasing on its previous console… what reason even is there to get a Switch?

  47. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    January 17, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Better hope it’s none of them, cuz holy fuck apparently that “HD Rumble” costs a lot, $80 to replace a simple pair of joycons

  48. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    January 17, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    There are tons of games exclusive to PS4 that you are really missing out on. Vita, too.

  49. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    January 17, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    1-2 Switch isn’t even a pack-in. They expect you to pay $50 jizzgargling bucks for it separately!

  50. GameZard
    GameZard
    January 17, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Nah the vita is dead and most if not all third party PS4 games are coming to PC. I care very little for Sony’s first party games as most are SJW wannabe movie games. Not to my taste.

  51. MusouTensei
    MusouTensei
    January 17, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Yeah I know, it’s ridiculous.

  52. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    January 18, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Every single thing you just said is wrong. From the first to last words. Wow.

  53. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    January 18, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Can you guys not come up with something a bit more creative than a stupid term like “Ninfaildo”? That’s not a pun, that’s not even word play. You can do better, come on.

  54. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    January 18, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    $400 CAD.

    Also don’t Aussies get to test drive a lot of games and tech before the rest of the world?

  55. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    January 18, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Well Nintendo sold Wii U for $200 on their site all this time and I feel like nobody ever noticed.

  56. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    January 18, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    I think Miyamoto would shut down his company before he would ever see Mario running around on a competing console.

    There was a story I recall, where Samus and Link were meant to be in the Nintendo port of Marvel Ultimate Alliance as units, but the staffer chose to show their progress using the more stable PS2 build, and Nintendo execs lost their minds and revoked their involvement out of sheer terror that players might access that content on the PS2 final build.

  57. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    January 18, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    I own four goddamn handhelds (DS/3DS, PSP/Vita) already plus my phone, I was never asking Nintendo for this.

  58. GameZard
    GameZard
    January 18, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Believe whatever you need in order to get through the day dude. :)

  59. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    January 18, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    It’s not a matter of coping, moreso a matter of pity that you live with such a shitty attitude.

  60. GameZard
    GameZard
    January 18, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Not my fault that you can’t accept the truth. The PS4 is not for my taste. Either accept it or not kid either way I will never change. :^)

  61. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    January 18, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    What killer app are you talking about?

  62. 3rdStrike_Ebi
    3rdStrike_Ebi
    January 19, 2017 at 2:36 am

    Not really. Most of the time, we get everything after everyone else, and most certainly at a higher price point.

  63. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    January 21, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Zelda– Switch launches with 5 games, one of them is a Wii U port,and the other 4 are garbage like 1-2 Switch or Just Dance.

  64. thatguyEZ
    thatguyEZ
    January 28, 2017 at 4:50 am

    To be fair Yakuza, Nioh, Persona, and Bloodborne are about as far as you can get from SJW garbage. But I totally understand it not having games to your taste. Different strokes for different folks :3

  65. GameZard
    GameZard
    January 28, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I was referring to first party games as SJW games. I feel soon third party games like Yakuza, Nioh, and Persona will come to PC eventually.

  66. thatguyEZ
    thatguyEZ
    February 2, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    That’d be great, though my PC can’t run much past Civ 6 and older games. I think it’d be pretty great to see the entire Yakuza series on one platform though.