This is a special edition of the GameSentral Rewind, focusing on Nintendo’s January 2017 Switch presentation.
The Switch’s built-in screen will feature capacitive touch capabilities, along with local eight-player multiplayer.
When disconnected from the dock, the console will have somewhere in the range of 2.5-6.5 hours of battery life, depending on the game.
A full list of play modes have also been confirmed.
TV mode is the “typical video game style,” with the console attached to the dock, while the Joy-Con controllers attached to the Joy-Con Grip or the Pro Controller.
Handheld mode lets you take the Switch out of its view, and attach the Joy-Con controllers to the side.
Tabletop Mode uses the Switch’s built-in kickstand and detached Joy-Con controllers to allow up to two players to enjoy games from anywhere.
The console isn’t region locked either, allowing Switch owners to play games released in any country, a first for Nintendo.
The Joy-Con controllers feature an assortment of features like motion control, amiibo support, and more.
Each Joy-Con includes a full set of buttons, and can serve as a standalone controller. An IR Motion Camera gives the Joy-Con motion support and allows it to detect different hand gestures.
Each controller features HD Rumble, which gives them the ability to convey different types of vibration. For instance, the controller can simulate the vibration of shaking a cup with an ice cube in it.
The right Joy-Con includes a sensor that can scan Amiibo, while a share button lets you capture screenshots that you can share with others. Each controller has a strap you can attach to your wrist, and sports prominent shoulder buttons.
The Switch online service, which supports online multiplayer, will be available as a free trial after the control’s launch but will become a paid subscription in the fall.
There will be a companion smartphone app that can connect to Switch’s online service, and you can schedule game sessions and chat with friends from there.
The Nintendo Switch launches on Mar. 3 for $300 in the US.
The console will launch on the same date in Canada, Japan, “major European countries,” Hong Kong, and other territories. It’ll cost 29,980 yen in Japan.
Pre-orders will launch Jan. 21 in Japan, and are available now from retailers like GameStop, Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon here in the United States.
To pre-order at GameStop, you’ll need to put down a $50 deposit that’s applied toward the full purchase price.
Additionally, GameStop has rolled out a special offer for those looking to pick up a Switch and ditch their old hardware. Those that trade in a Wii U, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or PlayStation VR headset will receive an extra $50 in store credit when applied to the Switch’s purchase, with PowerUp Rewards Pro members getting $75 in store credit. Trading in a Wii or a 3DS will get you $20 in credit when applied to the Switch with Pro members getting $30.
The system will be packaged with two Joy-Cons (in either black or neon red/blue), two wrist straps, the Joy-Con grip, the Switch docking station, an HDMI cable, and a USB-C cable for charging.
There are several peripherals and accessories ready to go for the Switch’s launch. Here’s the pricing for each of them:
- Nintendo Switch Pro Controller: $70
- Joy-Con Controller set: $80
- Individual Joy-Con: $50
- Joy-Con Charging Grip: $30
- Nintendo Switch Dock Set: $90
- Joy-Con Wheel (set of two): $15
A quick recap of some of the biggest titles announced, edited by yours truly.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be available on launch day for the Switch and Wii U.
Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Odyssey, a new 3D Mario game, will launch this holiday season.
In Odyssey, Mario ventures outside the Mushroom Kingdom into a city location with realistic-looking people among others and a new ability that lets the famed plumber throw his hat and jump off of it like a platform.
According to producer Yoshiaki Koizumi, the game has a “large Mario sandbox world.”
Two collector’s editions will be available: the standard and the deluxe. As of now, these editions are currently only confirmed to launch in Japan.
The Collector’s edition will set you back $100 and include a copy of the game, an alternate cover, a cloth Hyrule map, the official soundtrack, and a Link amiibo on horseback.
The Deluxe collector’s edition will set you back $140, and includes everything in the Collector’s edition along with a Master Sword sculpture and four collector’s postcards.
A new Princess Zelda amiibo was also revealed.
Party game 1-2 Switch will also launch alongside Switch, featuring face-to-face games that take advantage of the detached Joy-Con controllers.
Games like a time-based duel, swordfighting, a wizard duel, and air guitar were shown off.
Arms is a “fighting sports game that uses extendable arms.”
To play, you use a Joy Con in each hand and throw punches. For more precise control, you can twist your real punches. According to Nintendo, it’s a blend between a boxing game and a shooter, since you have to aim your shots. You can also dodge, dash, and jump.
The game has a single-player mode and will also allow you to fight locally against an opponent in split-screen mode, online, or with another Switch user.
Arms is set to launch this spring.
EA Sports FIFA
EA will bring its soccer/football franchise to Switch in the “most authentic sports game on a Nintendo console yet.”
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Monolith Soft’s action role playing game Xenoblade 2 has been announced.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a special edition in the kart racing franchise, will launch Apr. 28.
It’ll come with all the DLC from the Wii U version of Mario Kart 8 along with new courses (notably one based off Splatoon’s Urchin Underpass).
There’s also a slew of new features, like the ability to carry two items at once (a la Mario Kart: Double Dash), output to TVs at 1080p, and a “Smart Steering” feature.
Splatoon 2 (sadly not SplaTWOn) is a full sequel to the 2015 ink-squirting multiplayer game, will launch on Switch this summer.
“Battle stages have changed, fashions and weapons have changed and evolved.”
- Hisashi Nogami, Splatoon 2 producer
Nogami also showed off Splatdualies, dual-wielded SMG-style ink weapons.
The game will work with the Joy-Con controllers and the Pro controller, and is compatible with both TV and handheld modes.
Splatoon 2 will also receive stage and weapon updates after launch, along with ongoing in-game events.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is coming to Switch.
“We love to make games and worlds for you to get lost in, that you can make your own, and never want to put down. Now you don’t have to – now you can play Skyrim wherever you want.”
-Todd Howard, Bethesda Game Studios director & executive producer
Ultra Street Fighter 2
Capcom will launch a new version of Street Fighter 2 for Switch called Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers. It features a new mode and characters, along with the updated art from 2008’s Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix.
The two new characters are Evil Ryu and Violent Ken, the latter of which first appeared in crossover fighting game SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos.
“This version of Ryu has succumbed to the Satsui no Hado and is now obsessed with fighting in order to prove he is the strongest. His former honorable self has been purged, allowing him to enjoy absolute power and embrace an unquenchable bloodthirst for battle.
“Violent Ken is the result of M. Bison kidnapping and brainwashing Ken, enhancing his abilities with Psycho Power and twisting his brotherly rivalry with Ryu into hatred. Violent Ken is more ruthless, aggressive, and fearless with moves that feature purple flames instead of his signature fire.”
-Capcom, on its website
In addition to the classic arcade mode, players will be able to team up in 2v1 fights, similar to the Dramatic Battle mode from Street Fighter Alpha.
For those that want the classic Street Fighter 2 visual style, Ultra Street Fighter 2 will allow players to choose between pixel-art graphics or HD graphics created by UDON Entertainment.
“Nintendo Switch TV, tabletop, and handheld modes allow you to play Ultra Street Fighter 2 at home or on-the-go with brand new single-player and multiplayer modes.”
Fire Emblem Warriors
Koei Tecmo is working on Fire Emblem Warriors, a new Hyrule Warriors-esque entry in the series.
Several Switch games have had list prices posted on Nintendo’s official online store. 1, 2, Switch will retail for $49.99, while The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Arms will launch for $59.99.
GameStop praised the Switch, with its merchandising VP Bob Puzon saying it will change “how video games will be played.”
“This new innovative system will offer gamers a new gaming experience without boundaries, and that will be momentous for the industry.”
-Bob Puzon, GameStop merchandising VP
Xbox offers congratulations
Xbox engineering lead Mike Ybarra tweeted that the event was “fun and exciting.”
Nintendo stock drops
Nintendo’s stock price was down 6.34 percent, as of 7pm Sunday (9am Monday in Tokyo).