Nintendo Switch Presentation – Recap

Posted: January 13, 2017 in Current Gaming
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On 1/12/2017, Nintendo finally pulled back the curtain on what is coming to the Nintendo Switch.

The Switch launches on 3/3/2017 at a price point of $299.99. It appears that there is only one bundle, and no game will be included (though you can get a bundle with the red/blue Joy-Con Controllers at the same price as one without the colors).

Hardware/System Info

  • Online System
    • Free initially, but will be a subscription service sometime in the Fall
  • Screenshot/Video Capture
    • Shareable over Social Media
  • Battery Life is 2.5 – 6.5 Hours, depending upon the game
    • The system can charge while being played
  • Features touchscreen
  • Local 8 person multiplayer
  • Console and games will be Region Free

Controller Info

  • Blue/Red color variations (on Joy-Con Controllers)
  • Detect distance and differentiate between shapes
  • L/R buttons
  • HD Rumble
  • Strap attachment

Featured Developers

  • Sega, Bethesda, Grasshopper (Suda51), and EA appeared to praise the system and promise future support
    • Travis Touchdown will be featured in a game on the Switch
    • FIFA is coming to the Switch

The Games

  • 1 2 Switch
    • Very similar to a Warioware title
    • Play 1 on 1
    • Play is apparently based on looking at your opponent (not the screen)
    • Launches 3/3/2017
  • Arms
    • Spring-armed boxing/fighting game
    • Will feature online matches as well as local splitscreen
    • Launches Spring, 2017
  • Splatoon 2
    • New weapons (dual wielding) and special attacks
    • Gyro aiming (optional)
    • My son is the Splatoon player in the house, so I’m sure I missed more that is new about this sequel
    • Launches Summer, 2017
  • Super Mario Odyssey
    • Takes place outside the Mushroom Kingdom (featuring real world locations)
    • Mario’s hat may be sentient, and is used to attack as well as platform
    • Sandbox game (noted as the first since Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine)
    • One portion of the preview showed Mario carrying a vegetable similar to SMB2 while another showed him riding an animal (or a statue of an animal)
    • Many new enemies were shown, with Bowser still being the Big Bad
    • Launches Holiday, 2017
  • Xenoblade (Chronicles) 2
    • World appeared to be massive, including beasts that eclipse those featured in the previous two Xenoblade titles
    • A quick shot showed a character riding an animal
    • Air ships made an appearance
    • This game alone is worth purchasing a Switch for
  • Fire Emblem Warriors
  • Misc.
    • Dragon Quest 10 & 11
    • Dragon Quest Heroes I & II
    • Shin Megami Tensei
    • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    • Project Octopath Traveler (Square Enix)
    • Quick video at the end showed clips of: Rayman, Minecraft, Lego City Undercover, Mario Kart 8, Street Fighter, and Bomberman (among a few I didn’t catch)
      • Some of these may have been meant to show that a Virtual Console/e-Shop would be present
    • A racing game resembling F-Zero was shown, but this could be a port of Fast Racing Neo
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    • Launches 3/3/2017
    • New trailer was shown

Thoughts

  • Both the price and lack of a bundled game (or a premium bundle with a game) surprises me. I was expecting $249.99, with a $299.99 bundle including Zelda.
  • Nintendo is clearly working to get third party support, boasting that 80 games were currently in development. How many of those reach completion remains to be seen.
  • Nintendo is clearly still working to pull in non-traditional gamers with titles such as 1 2 Switch and Arms.
  • The holiday launch for Mario is surprising, but makes some sense, as it will definitely be a system seller.
  • My biggest surprise is actually what we didn’t see: Beyond Good & Evil 2, Smash Brothers, Pokemon Stars, WiiU Ports, more info on the Mario Kart title, Internal Storage

At the end of the day, I’m not sure how this system is going to be received. Nintendo is clearly working hard to put out a steady stream of games, but with Zelda being the only confirmed big name launch title, it will be interesting to see how it sells out of the gate. I want one, but I’m a confirmed Nintendo fanboy, and need that Zelda title in my life. What matters is how the more casual gamer responds, and I’m not sure about that yet. I hope the Switch succeeds because a competitive Nintendo is better for the market as a whole. In two months, we’ll begin to see if that’s going to happen.

 

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