Nintendo Switch: 13 Things You Need To Know About The New Console
Price, release date and a new Mario game revealed!
In a livestream, shiny new details for the console follow up to the Wii U were unveiled – including price, a whole bunch of news games, and its release date. Here are 13 things you need to know about the play-anywhere portable hybrid...
1. It will launch on 3rd March.
You can preorder it now, though.
2. The UK price will be £279.99
That’s higher than expected tbh. However, stores could always undercut each other with deals *crosses fingers and toes*
3. It’s a home console that doubles up as a mobile device
It connects to your telly at home via the ‘Nintendo Switch Dock’ – but has a screen and two detachable controllers, called Joy-Cons, so that it can become play-anywhere portable. When you pull it out of the dock, it automatically switches to handheld gaming. So you NEVER HAVE TO STOP PLAYING ZELDA.
4. It’ll be available in two colours: this sleek grey.
We’re going for this one.
5. And this snazzy red v blue.
6. New Mario Game, Super Mario Odyssey Sees Mario Enter The Real World
Remember the Simpsons episode where Homer gets transported into real life? The new open-world style Mario adventure follow up to Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy looks like that: our fave plumber jumps down a green pipe and find himself in New York City with real people. Yikes!
7. The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Will Launch With The Console
Not long to wait now for this beauty! The hotely anticipated new Link adventure will arrive on March 3rd 2017, too
8. 1, 2, Switch Is A Console Exclusive
It’s basically a bunch of mini games that use Joy-Con controllers in fun and bonkers ways – including for cowboy shoot outs with your friends.
9. Plus, loads more games have just been unveiled for launch
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Splatoon 2 and more will all come out when the console hits stores. There are also more than 80 Switch games in development right now.
10. Games will come out on cartridges in a neat throwback to retro Nintendo consoles.
11. The console will support online multiplayer
So you can play with mates when you’re apart as well as locally with the two controllers. Online be free at first, and paid-for later on, with an online subscription service in the style of Xbox and PlayStation.
12. It’ll have its own app
The app will support the social aspects of online play, like voice chat.
13. You’ll Be Able To Play Games From Any Country
There won’t be region-locking on the console - meaning you’ll be able to order games from other regions which may not be available in your country yet, and play them at home easily. Great news for JRPG fans!