Nintendo has a press event ongoing right now in Tokyo, Japan, to announce pricing and release dates for their new console, the Switch, the Japanese company’s first new console in four years. The hybrid Nintendo Switch will be priced at $399.99 CAD MSRP ($299 USD), while it will launch on March 3, 2017, its worldwide release date.
Nintendo Canada’s Twitter account has been sharing details of the event, which is ongoing and viewable below live on YouTube:
Below, you can see all the details of the Switch Joy-Con controllers:
Games for the Switch will not be region locked and battery life is pegged at 2.5 to 6 hours depending on the game. What makes the Switch so unique is the console itself is housed in a tablet with a capacitive touchscreen (instead of resistive touch displays in years past), that you hook up at home, but can also be portable, allowing you to play outside of the home, anywhere and anytime.
There will be new titles for the Switch console as well, which Nintendo announced:
- 1-2 Switch
- Splatoon 2
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Dragonquest 10 and 11 (Japan)
- Dragonquest Heroes 1 and 2 (Switch)
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2
- EA Sports FIFA
- Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Also, Nintendo says over 80 games are in active development for the new Switch Console. As for online multiplayer, that will be available too–but it won’t be free.
Here’s what you’ll get in the box for the Nintendo Switch:
Walmart.ca and Amazon.ca already have page listings the Switch, but it’s not available for pre-order yet. Are you excited for the switch? What do you think of its Canadian pricing at $400?
Update: Nintendo had the following to say in an emailed statement to iPhone in Canada:
“Nintendo Switch is a brand-new kind of home gaming system that offers a wide variety of play modes,” said Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima. “We will introduce the world to new experiences made possible by the unique characteristics of the Nintendo Switch hardware and the Joy-Con.”
[via The Verge]