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Nintendo Switch : Everything You Need To Know

After months of awaiting, following the release of a teaser trailer in October 2016. The company followed up with a big livestream event to discuss a bevy of new details about the console, including when it’s coming out, how much it is, its games, and much more. We’ve organize everything you need to know about it. Below you can find news and features about the console.

What is Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch is a hybrid device designed to operate as both a home console and a handheld device. The Switch console is a tablet-like screen with two detachable “Joy-Con” controllers that slide into place at its sides. The three mods to play the console are as follows:

Nintendo Switch

TV Mode

You can insert Switch into a docking station, which allows it to be played on your television. The Joy-Con controllers can then be used wirelessly to play games from your couch; or they can be attached to a grip accessory to provide a more traditional controller experience.

Handheld Mode

You can eject Switch from its docking station and take it with you to play on the go. The Joy-Con controllers are attached directly to the sides of the screen.

Tabletop Mode

You can setup the Switch’s inbuilt kickstand on any flat surface, and detach its Joy-Con controllers, allowing one to two players to enjoy games.

Launch Date 

The Nintendo Switch launches on March 3 simultaneously in the US, Canada, Japan, “major European countries,” Hong Kong, and other territories.

How much it costs :

The Nintendo Switch costs $300 in the US. Pricing was only shared for the US and Japan (where it’ll cost 29,980 yen). For Europe, Nintendo advised checking with local retailers for more specific prices.

Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con controllers 

Each Joy-Con includes a full set of buttons, and each can act as a standalone controller. They also sport an IR Motion Camera that gives each controller motion support, and even it can detect different hand gestures.

The Joy-Con controllers feature what’s called HD Rumble, which gives them the ability to convey different types of vibrations. For example, a controller can simulate the vibration of shaking a cup with an ice cube in it. The right Joy-Con includes a sensor that can scan Amiibo, while a capture button on the left Joy-Con allows you to take screenshots that you can share with others.

Nintendo Switch package come with

You get left and right Joy-Con controllers, Joy-Con wrist straps, the Joy-Con Grip, the Nintendo Switch Dock, an HDMI cable, and an A/C adaptor.

How much do the different Nintendo Switch controllers and accessories cost?

  • Nintendo Switch Pro Controller – $70
  • Joy-Con Controllers (set of two, L and R) – $80
  • Joy-Con L or Joy-Con R (sold separately) – $50
  • Joy-Con Charging Grip – $30
  • Nintendo Switch Dock Set – $90
  • Joy-Con Wheel (set of two) – $15

Switch’s specs

The Switch’s main unit contains a 6.2-inch capacitive multitouch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

When the system is being used outside of its dock — games will run at up to 720p, the lowest resolution that qualifies as high definition. When the unit is in its dock, the Switch ramps up its power and can render games at up to 1080p.


Portable Battery Life: Varies on a game-to-game basis, can last anywhere from 3.5 hours up to 6.5 hours on a single charge. Users can play Zelda: Breath of the Wild, one of the Switch’s most intensive games, for three hours before the battery is depleted.  The company has not provided information on battery life for the Joy-Con controllers, although the Grip accessory will charge Joy-Con pads when it’s plugged into a USB port and the Switch will charge Joy-Cons as well. Nintendo will also sell a separate Joy-Con Charging Grip that appears to have a battery and will passively charge Joy-Con units.

Switch games cost

There are different price rates for each of the games. For instance, the party game 1, 2, Switch retails for just $49.99, while The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Arms, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe all have $59.99 price tags, indicating $60 is likely to be the standard price for Switch games.

Switch games come as cartridges called “game cards” and are inserted in from the top of the console. It’s also possible to purchase games digitally.

Here are details on the biggest games announced so far.



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