Nintendo has released all the details for their new system the Nintendo Switch.

The Switch will release simultaneously in Japan, Canada, United States, Hong Kong, Major EU Countries and other territories on March 3, 2017. The system is priced at ¥29,980 or $299.99 USD. The price in EU was not disclosed and can be found at local retailers.


The Nintendo Switch is taking connectivity to the next level by allowing the system to be connected with smart devices for their online multiplayer services. For online multiplayer gaming, players are able to connect a mobile device and invite players to play online and chat from the smart device.

Online services will be available for free during a trial period after the system has launched. A full paid service will be available in the Fall of 2017. More details on the exact date and price for the paid online service will be revealed at a later date. Unlike previous consoles the Switch will not include region locking.

The Nintendo Switch offers three new play styles including TV mode, Tabletop Mode and Handheld Mode. The TV Mode is the traditional way to play using the system and a TV. Tabletop Mode allows players to take their system, stand it up using the kickstand and play using the Joy Con controllers. Players can play on their own or with family and friends. Handheld Mode allows players to attach the Joy Con remotes to the system and use it as a handheld device. A Nintendo Switch Pro Controller will also be available to purchase separately. A price point for the Pro Controller has not been revealed.


In handled mode the Switch has a battery life of 2.5 to 6.5 hours, depending on the game. A USB Type C charger is included for system charging while playing. The system includes a touch panel and can connect to Wi-Fi allowing up to 8 Switch systems to connect wirelessly for local multiplayer gaming.

In total the Nintendo Switch includes the console, left and right Joy Cons, Joy Con wrist straps, Joy Con grips, Nintendo Switch Doc, HDMI cable and an AC adapter. At launch the system will be available in two color options. One full grey Switch and a Switch featuring neon red and blue Joy Cons.


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