|Release Date||WW: March 3rd, 2017|
The new home console was first announced on March 17th, 2015 under the codename "NX", as Nintendo's next home console. It was promised that it would deliver a new concept with a dedicated games platform.
After this announcement, many rumors broke out, including some detailing the NX's possible industry leading specs, along with another that stated that the console would include a mobile unit that could be used with the console (like the Wii U's GamePad) or carried on the road for separate use (like their many handheld devices).
In an June 2015 interview, Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, stated that the codename NX would be "our next home console", while Tatsumi Kimishima, current Nintendo CEO and president, stated in a May 2016 interview that the NX would be a new way to play games (some took this as an announcement that it would be a hybrid console), but that it would slow the Wii U's sales upon release.
The Nintendo Switch features the formerly announced Wii U-exclusive, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as a launch title released alongside the Wii U version.
On the 20th of October 2016, the Nintendo Switch was officially revealed, showcasing a new 3D Mario game (later revealed to be "Super Mario Odyssey,") The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, NBA 2K18, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Splatoon 2.
Kimishima stated that the reception for the Nintendo Switch has been "overwhelmingly positive” thus far, and that there will be more information on January 12th, 2017. The reveal trailer is currently Nintendo's most-viewed video on their YouTube channel, having over 23 million views worldwide (19 million in North America). It was also the number one trending YouTube video on the week of the announcement.
Then on January 12th, 2017, there was more information, as Kimishima promised. It was a live presentation which showcases the features of the Nintendo Switch and the launch lineup is officially revealed. As of Feburary 13th, 2017, It has over 1.49 million views.
The Nintendo Switch was then finally released worldwide on March 3rd, 2017.
Reviewers praised the Nintendo Switch for having potential, however they are underwhelmed by the limited amounts of launch titles that didn't showcase the full extent of what the console is capable of.
October 20th Reveal Trailer Notes
- Nintendo Switch will have detachable controller titled Joy-Cons and all the hardware is in the console form factor. The Joy-Cons can be attached to the Nintendo Switch and be taken with you on the go. It will also have a Pro Controller option similar to what the Wii U had.
- The trailer showed the Switch having a car accessory that straps to a headrest on your car, with the console serving as the screen.
- It will use cartridges.
- It won't be backwards compatible with Wii U or 3DS games. Instead, it'll likely have what's assumed to be enhanced ports for big name titles (Mario Kart, Splatoon, etc.)
January 12th Presentation Notes
- The Nintendo Switch will cost ¥29,980, or $299.99.
- At launch, players can use Nintendo's online services for free. In the Fall of 2017, however, they must pay. If you do pay, you can use your smartphone for special features. You can get a free NES or SNES game each month as well. The price of the service will cost around $17-$26 a year.
- The Joy-Cons will feature L and R buttons on the sides.
- Joy-Cons have motion controls (just like the Wii Remote).
- Left Joy-Con has a capture button to take screenshots.
- Right Joy-Con has NFC functionality (most notably for amiibo).
- The handheld mode will have 2 to 6 hours of battery life depending on the game being played.
- Nintendo Switch launch lineup is finally revealed, being: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Bomberman R, 1-2-Switch, and Skylanders Imaginators.
- Nintendo Switch's lineup for 2017 can be seen below, but note that there are still more titles that have yet to be announced for this year, and will likely be revealed at a later date.
Nintendo Switch Gallery
- Nintendo Switch was revealed on October 20th, 2016, having its codename NX replaced by the official name.
- Many of the rumors that floated around on the internet about the system turned out to be true, like the one about it being a console-handheld hybrid for example.
- It is NVIDIA powered. It's not confirmed whether it'll have Pascal or Maxwell, but the architecture is much easier to develop on than the Wii U was.
- The battery life will range from 2.5 hours up to 6 hours. It'll be 3 hours on a single charge when playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild.
- It will not include Miiverse or StreetPass.