Nintendo Switch Will Release on March 3 for $300
During Nintendo's Switch Presentation, we finally learned the price and release date of Nintendo's new hardware.
The Switch will release on March 3 for $300. The device will be region unlocked, a first for Nintendo. Nintendo kicked off their event with many announcements regarding the hardware. The console will come in two variants, both equal in power and value. The first will only feature the black and grey Joy-Con controllers, while the other sports two neon Joy-Con controllers, one red and one blue.
They also stated that the battery life will vary greatly depending on the game, so they estimated between two and a half to six hours. Yeah, that's a pretty big gap. Nintendo's website states,
Battery life can last for more than six hours, but will vary depending on the software and usage conditions. For example, The Legend of Zelda™: Breath of the Wild can be played for roughly 3 hours on a single charge.
Interestingly enough, Nintendo announced plans for a paid online service, akin to Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. The network will go up in March and be free to users, then later require a paid subscription in the Fall. Key features include lobbies and online voice chat. Nintendo's website (and the presentation) worded the announcement in such a way that it appears that the online service will be offered through a new dedicated app for smart devices, rather than being built into the Switch itself.
In addition to the communication functions, the online service will also feature free games on a monthly basis, like PS Plus or Games with Gold. Each month, subscribers will receive a free NES or SNES game with added online functionality. No word on if it will be free for life, or just for the month.
Lastly Nintendo showed off all the Switch accessories, which you can take a look at in the slideshow below.
Unfortunately, the accessories aren't cheap. A pair of Joy-Con controllers will run consumers $80 a pop, while individual Joy-Con controllers will be sold for $50 each. The Joy-Con charging grip is a little more reasonable at $30, but a brand new Nintendo Switch Pro Controller will run you a whopping $70. Lastly, an additional Dock set (which comes with an extra HDMI cable and AC adapter) will be sold for $90. This would be useful for having a second setup for the Switch, maybe at a friend's house or in a spare bedroom.
So there it is, the Nintendo Switch! Stay tuned for more, as Nintendo had much more to show during their presentation.