The Nintendo Switch Takeaway
It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than three months since we were first introduced to the Nintendo Switch. The gaming world has waited since October for Nintendo to do a full unveiling of the new console and last night they did not disappoint... at least in some regards. While the event itself was a little underwhelming when compared to some of Nintendo’s past efforts, we did learn several things about the new system, including price, functionality, and, most importantly, the games. Without further ado, let’s break down some of the things we learned last night, both during and after the Switch event.
I was surprised to see such an early release date for the Switch, but it appears we will be able to get our hands on the system on Friday, March 3rd. With a retail price of $299.99, it looks like Nintendo is pricing the system to be competitive with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The base system is available in two SKUs, one with Grey Joy-Con controllers and the other with the Neo Joy-Con. These systems also include the system itself, the Switch Dock, an HDMI cable, AC adaptor, Joy-Con Grip, but unlike the Wii U and Wii, there is no pack-in title with the game at launch, which is a bit of a disappointment.
The Joy-Con are Tiny Wiimotes
With built in motion sensors, the snazzy little straps, and which Nintendo is touting as “HD Rumble” the tiny Joy-Con controls appear to be tiny versions of the remotes from Nintendo’s Wii console. Offering the ability to use each Joy-Con as a separate controller for multiplayer is a nice touch and it’s good to know that each system will come with two of the controllers right out of the box.
Offering the Joy-Con in multiple colors will also help, especially for those who wish to designate which controller is theirs and which can be used by their friends, family, or significant other. Additionally, the straps for the Joy-Con also add a bit of heft to the otherwise tiny controllers and, of course, when attached to the Joy-Con Grip, the two halves function as a standard controller.
Games, Games, Games
Nintendo made sure not to focus entirely on the hardware and made sure to let us see just what the Switch is going to offer. With a slew of new games coming both from Nintendo and third parties, the system has a lot of games coming soon and plenty more coming in the future. Fans of Japanese RPGs should certainly take note, as there’s no shortage of them announced for the system. Here’s just a few of the new games coming to the Switch.
Boxart for the Games is Awesome
Choosing to go with a minimal branding approach for the Switch’s packaging looks like it was lead to some gorgeous box art for the system. The packaging itself seems to be similar to what Sony used for the PSP, which is nice for those who want to save some space on their shelves. Nintendo’s first party titles have already shown packing that ranges from colorful, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2, to outright beautiful with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. These are games that I’m going to wait to display rather than spine on a shelf, and that’s something I’ve never said about a game’s box art.
There’s so much more to go into and even more yet to come. The Switch event hasn’t entirely sold me on the system, but it’s given me some hope. I look forward to the March launch and seeing just with Nintendo will bring to the table. I’m optimistic about the Switch and its prospects, and you can be sure that our crew here at the Kulturecade will be bringing you more information and reviews of the Switch and its software in the near future.