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The Nintendo Switch: OUT NOW!!

March 6, 2017 10:21 AM
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The Nintendo Switch will get a release date in March and this is a big deal for Nintendo. Here's everything you need to know!

The Ninetendo Switch has finally landed, on March 3, after months of speculation, leaks, and teasers. The new hardware is now on sale across the globe, together with a slew of new titles, including the hotly anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Read on below for absolutely everything you need to know about this latest console from Nintendo!...

If you’re outside the UK, you can pre-order your Nintendo Switch at a variety of places. But the best I have found in the US is GameStop, which has TONS of options that includes game bundles, controller bundles and more.

According to reports, Nintendo will introduce a subscription based online gaming service for the Ninetndo Switch, similar to Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, but it won't arrive until Autumn 2017. In the meantime, online gaming will be free on the console. Although it's understandable that Nintendo needs time to set up the service, and can't exactly deny players online content until then, it is going to sting a bit to have several months of free online gaming only to get a ticket slapped on later. Still, them's the breaks.

"If you have the console and install the Day 1 update, it will tell you that the service will begin some time in autumn 2017. Until then, existing players will be able to play online multiplayer games for free," reports GSMArena. And here's a screenshot to prove it...

A monthly fee will keep you gaming online with the Nintendo Switch after the service launches, you'll also get free classic Nintendo games gifted to you every month, and discounts on online purchases via the service's storefront.

The Nintendo Switch is HERE and you better believe this thing will be the best console Nintendo has ever produced. Just a whiff of a few of the features onboard shows a few key things; Nintendo has learned from some of the mistakes of its past console generations and doesn't show any signs of repeating them, it has learned how and why Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's PlayStation outmaneuvered it.

Nintendo has also embraced mobile gaming and this looks set to be a core aspect of the Switch, indeed, Nintendo appears to be pushing the envelope as far as portable gaming and streaming content is concerned with a ground-up portable build in mind for the console. Nintendo also knows its target demographic inside out, while it will undoubtedly pay some lip-service to the family and social gaming niche it carved out with the Wii, it knows that its rich trove of heritage titles is what really holds interest, including the likes of Mario, Zelda, and Pokemon. Nintendo has also clearly observed the increasing popularity of e-Sport competetive gaming.

The system itself, based on what we learned from its first official outing, is based around gaming on the move.

The main system connects to a dock that is hooked up to your HDTV, this is for TV-based, sofa gaming, but, if you want to game on the move, all you have to do is detach this unit and take it with you and you can play games via its 6in display and detachable controllers.

I really like this concept, as it combines pretty much all of Nintendo’s past releases into one, robust system. You have Wii U-like gaming on the move; Nintendo Wii controller systems, and a robust, dedicated console stack for your HDTV.

One lucky git has managed to procure a Nintendo Switch early, ahead of the official release, and has removed it from its retail packaging on camera for all to see.

“NeoGAF user hiphoptherobot was accidentally shipped his Nintendo Switch pre-order over two weeks early by an unnamed retailer,” reports Floko.

Well, the mystery is over. We now know quite a bit more about the Nintendo Switch’s specs and hardware, though, for whatever reason, Nintendo refused to detail the exact SoC used inside the machine. EuroGamer, however, believes it is the Tegra X1 – NVIDIA’s 20nm Cortex-A57 CPU + Maxwell GPU SoC from the NVIDIA SHIELD TV.

As previously reported, the Nintendo Switch – the handheld device aspect – features a 1280x720p capacitive touch screen LCD. This is fairly low resolution in a world dominated by QHD phones and tablets, but given that Nintendo is going for performance and longevity with the Switch, the use of 1080p is to be expected.

Battery life and CPU efficiency likely trumped the benefits of using a QHD panel. But, hey, at least that gives Nintendo an easy update for the console in 2018, right?

Nintendo confirmed the Nintendo Switch would feature 32GB of internal storage. It also confirmed that this storage can be supplemented using external cards (microSDXC cards), similar to the current-generation Nintendo 3DS.

With battery life, Nintendo says the Nintendo Switch will deliver between 2.5 and 6.5 hours on a single charge, depending on the game. The upcoming Zelda game, for example, will apparently kill the Switch inside three hours.

Unlike ALL previous Nintendo releases, the Switch will NOT use proprietary charging methods; instead, it will change via USB Type C, just like a lot of modern Android phones. In addition, because of this it will be possible to use USB-powerbanks with the system, meaning you can prolong the battery life on long haul gaming sessions.

The companion dock for the Switch, the medium through which it connects to your HDTV, is a dumb device, meaning it is useless without the Switch docked inside it.

This companion unit will also feature USB Type C, three USB ports, HDMI out and an AC Adapter, which the system will ship with as standard.

This is where things get a little more interesting, as there’s a lot more to Nintendo’s new controllers than we previously thought. First and foremost, there are two aspects to it – the left Joy-Con and the right Joy-Con.

“The right Joy-Con contains an NFC reader/writer for use with Nintendo’s Amiibo figures, and what Nintendo is calling a "IR motion camera,” An IR camera would imply that it’s the same basic functionality as the Wii Remote, which used an IR camera to orient itself relative to the IR LEDs in the console’s sensor bar, however Nintendo also quickly demonstrated that the Joy-Con could measure distance and motion from a human hand facing the camera, something the Wii Remote could not do,” reports AnandTech.

The Switch Joy-Con controllers will also feature what Nintendo is called “HD Rumble”, which essentially means high fidelity, ultra-responsive controller rumble when gaming. Given the diminutive size of the controllers, this will likely be achieved via multiple, linear actuators for vibration ( a la Apple’s Taptic Engine).

New controllers aren’t cheap, either – you’re looking at $80 for a new one.


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