Merry Switchmas! Tonight marks the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017, where Nintendo will show us everything related to the launch of its next console. We'll see all the games Nintendo and its partners have prepared for the launch window and beyond. We'll find our what interesting accessories will be coming to the system. And we'll finally find out when the system is launching and how much it will cost. Hopefully.
Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima gets right to the good stuff. 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. There are currently no details as to what the retail package will contain, but it's likely have the system itself, both JoyCons, and the Switch Dock.
As shown in the previous video, the Switch will have multiple gameplay modes. TV mode is the home console style, attaching the system to the television via the Dock. Tabletop mode removes the system from the dock, allowing you to play with the JoyCons seperated from the system. Finally, there's portable mode, with the JoyCons attached the the Switch itself.
In portable mode, the battery life will be 2.5 hours to 6.5 hours. Charging is done via USB-C and the Switch screen is a capactive touchscreen.
As shown in the patents, each JoyCon can be used as a single controller, with additional shoulder buttons on the inside of the controllers where they normally come into contact with the Switch. The left JoyCon allows you to capture gameplay via a Share button, while the right JoyCon includes the NFC reader for Amiibo support. The JoyCons also include gyroscopes and accelerometers for motion control. Nintendo is touting it as "Share the Joy", with every Switch technically coming with two controllers.
The JoyCons will also come in Blue and Red, if you're willing to buy new versions. One of the JoyCons comes with an IR camera that can read hand position and distance, allowing for alternate control options. Nintendo also played up HD rumble, a more precise version of rumble tech.
The first game shown onstage was 1-2-Switch, a collection of mini-games for the Nintendo Switch, not unlike WiiPlay. The game can be played without looking at any screen, with the system in Tabletop mode. It's about reading the other player and reacting at the right time. 1-2-Switch is coming at launch for the Switch, on MArch 3.
The next game showing off the potentials of the JoyCon was Arms, a Nintendo-developed boxing game where you hold a JoyCon in each hand. It's a combination of boxing and shooting, where you thrust the controllers out to punch, but also have to aim. Arms can be played with two JoyCons in single-player, four JoyCons in local multiplayer, or online. It's coming in Spring 2017.
Next up was Splatoon 2, a sequel to the Wii U title for Nintendo Switch. The game adds a new weapon, the SplatDuelies, letting you hold a weapon in either hand and move quickly through the air. Splatoon 2 can be played with the Pro Controller, the JoyCons, in Tabletop mode, or in Portable mode. Splatoon 2 will coming to Switch in Summer 2017.
Nintendo followed that with the newest Mario game, Super Mario Odyssey. Mario has left the Mushroom Kingdom to travel to a whole new world that looks similar to ours. Mario travels the world via a an all-new airship and has a new hat with eyes. Super Mario Odyssey isn't coming to Switch until Holiday 2017.
A brief trailer showed off Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Fire Emblem Warriors, a musou game featuring Fire Emblem characters from Koei Tecmo. Then the lightning round commenced with Dragon Quest X, Dragon Quest XI, Dragon Quest Heroes I+II, Shin Megami Tensei, and Octopath Traveler were announced. No release dates were given.
Sega committed to bring titles to Nintendo Switch and Bethesda's Todd Howard attended via video to announce The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim for Switch. Suda 51 came onstage to talk about a currently-unnamed sequel to No More Heroes for Switch.
Then EA's Patrick Soderlund joined the stage to talk about the publisher's plans for the Nintendo Switch. EA Sports FIFA is coming to the platform. Soderlund said the FIFA experience would be "custom-built" for Nintendo's new platform, with a planned release sometime in 2017.
A highlight reel showed off other titles, including Minecraft: Story Mode, Rayman Legends, Lego City Undercover, a Dragon Ball Z title, Disgaea 5, a version of Street Fighter 2, a new Bomberman game, Rime, and more.
The presentation closed with a new trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The trailer also showed off the game's epic new voice acting and a release date: March 3, 2017.
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