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Nintendo unveils Switch console, games

January 13, 2017

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Nintendo unveils Switch console, gamesNintendo is ready to switch up the way you game. At a live press conference from Japan, Nintendo revealed its new multi-purpose Switch console.

Set to hit store shelves in Canada on March 3rd, the Switch console will retail for $399.99. It will come with the console itself, a left and a right Joy-Con controller, Joy-Con wrist straps, the Joy-Con grip that turns the controllers into a traditional “batarang” controller, the Nintendo Switch dock, an HDMI cable and an AC adapter.

It was also announced that unlike Nintendo’s previous consoles, there will be no region blocking on the Nintendo Switch or its software.

According to Nintendo, battery life of the console will depend on the game being played but the predicted life is 2 and a half to 6 hours.

There will also be an online service for multiplayer gaming. The service will be free during a trial period after launch. It will then become a paid service in the fall of 2017. Not much is known at this time.

Nintendo unveils Switch console, gamesThe Switch, essentially, is like having three separate gaming machines that provide three modes of play. To change your gameplay experience, all you have to do is disconnect the Switch console from the dock and the Joy-Con controllers from the Joy-Con grip.

In TV Mode, you can play on your television as you would a traditional gaming console.

In Table Top Mode, away from the television, you stand the Switch up with its kick-stand and play with others by sharing your controllers. A total of 8 Switch consoles can be connected together wirelessly.

In Handheld Mode, you attach the Joy-Con controllers to the Switch and you have a portable gaming system you can take anywhere indoors and outdoors.

Nintendo unveils Switch console, gamesThe new Joy-Con controllers will allow gamers to capture screenshots and video as well as scan amiibo accessories. With HD Rumble, you will be able to feel certain sensations with the controller like holding a glass with ice cubes in it, etc.

There is also a pro controller which is sold separately.

At the presser, Nintendo also revealed a multitude of Switch games that are in development.

Super Mario Odyssey, seems to be a blend of Mario 64 and Mario Galaxy. Odyssey is a sandbox experience in which Mario leaves the Mushroom Kingdom to explore the world. Mario is shown leaping up city buildings, running through a jungle, swimming underwater and exploring a desert. Mario’s cap appears to be a living character as it has eyes and can be thrown as a weapon. Super Mario Odyssey will arrive Holiday 2017.

Nintendo unveils Switch console, gamesDeveloped and published by Nintendo are 1-2 Switch and Arms. 1-2 Switch is a party game in which two opponents showdown looking at each other and not at a screen. There seemed to be a boxing, gun battles and other mini-games involved with 1-2 Switch. 1-2 Switch will be available at launch.

Arms, is an arena combat game mixing boxing and firing. Boxers with retractable arms do battle by using both Joy-Con controllers. It will be available in the spring of 2017.

A sequel to Splatoon, available this summer, will have new weapons and stages. Other confirmed games include Xenoblade 2, Fire Emblem Warriors, Skyrim, new Dragon Quest games and FIFA soccer. Other games shown but not detailed were Minecraft, Lego and Dragon Ball games, a Sonic title, a StreetFighter game, a skiing and snowboarding title, Mario Kart and NBA 2K18.

Watch: Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017

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