Nintendo Switch details revealed: March 3, $299.99; online pay-for-play; Splatoon 2 summer; Super Mario Odyssey holidays

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Nintendo Switch details:

  • March 3 release
  • $299.99 North America
  • Online services include connectivity with smart devices and multiplayer. Paid service beginning in Fall, after a free period.
  • Region locking won’t apply to Nintendo Switch software, “in general.”
Play styles
  • TV mode, in “typical video game style”
  • Tabletop mode with kickstand and JoyCon play
  • Handheld: left and right JoyCon attached for on-the-go play
Other features
  • Battery life varies, 2.5 to 6.5 hours
  • Up to eight Switch systems can be connected for local wireless multiplayer gaming
Joy-Con controllers
  • Screen capture in Joy-Con
  • 2 controllers included
  • Neon blue and neon red variations available
  • Wrist straps
  • HD Rumble feature provides feeling of realism using new sensor and vibration technology

Switch games
  • 1-2-Switch
    • March 3 release “alongside Nintendo Switch”
  • Arms (new Nintendo IP)
  • Splatoon 2
    • Summer release
  • Super Mario Odyssey
    • Holiday 2017
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Fire Emblem Warriors
  • Dragon Quest 10 and 11 (Japan)
  • Dragon Quest Heroes 1 and 2
  • Shin Megami Tensei
  • Skyrim
  • FIFA
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: March 3 for Switch (and Wii U) – March 3
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (April)
  • 80 games in development, 50 partners

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a Nintendo Switch launch title March 3; Wii U same day

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