Amid all the fanfare of the Nintendo Switch Presentation, there were two questions weighing heavily on our minds: How much is the Nintendo Switch going to cost and when is it coming out? Tonight, Nintendo has revealed the answer to both of those questions.
First up, the Nintendo Switch will be launching on March 3, 2017 in North America, Europe, and Japan. Nintendo has also announced that the Switch will be Region-Free, making it the first system from the company of its type.
The Nintendo Switch will cost consumers $299. The retail package will contain the Switch system, L and R JoyCons, wrist straps, the JoyCon Grip, the Switch Dock, and HMDI and power cords. The system's online storage is 32 GB and can be expanded with microSDXC cards. Additional JoyCon pairs will cost $79.99, while the Pro Controler costs $69.99.
$299 feels a bit too high for the Switch, given that it's not launching in a vacuum. Instead, Nintendo has to carve out a market in a space where mobile gaming is the preferred choice of many potential portable consumers and the PlayStation 4 has a library 4 years deep and 53 million strong. $299 puts them in direct competition with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, making it imperative that Nintendo illustrates why the Switch is unique to consumers.
Part of Nintendo finding success with the Switch will be marketing, but the rest will come down to the system's launch window titles. We'll see when the Switch meets consumers this March.