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Nintendo Switch Presentation Roundup: Release Date, Pricing, Upcoming Games, and More!

Nintendo Switch Presentation Roundup: Release Date, Pricing, Upcoming Games, and More!

By Ambia Staley

For anyone looking for more details about the upcoming Nintendo Switch console, the wait is now over, as Nintendo officially dished out the details! Streamed live from Tokyo while many Canadians were sleeping soundly late Thursday night, the presentation revealed the release date, pricing, upcoming titles and more.

If you didn't get a chance to watch the entire show, here's our roundup of some of the most important details revealed during the Nintendo Switch presentation.

Release Date & Pricing

The Nintendo Switch hits store shelves this March

Probably the most important information gamers are waiting for is the information on when they can buy the Nintendo Switch and for how much. Starting off the presentation, Nintendo revealed that the Nintendo Switch will hit store shelves in North America on March 3, 2017 with a suggested retail price of $399.99 in Canada.

Switch Features

More features of the system and Joy-Con remotes were revealed

Nintendo skimmed through quite a few features of the Switch in their presentation. One big announcement was that Nintendo will finally abolish region locking and Switch titles will be region-free. Nintendo will also be offering online multiplayer for many titles. This service will be free at launch, but will become a paid service in fall of 2017. More details surrounding pricing and online services offered will be announced at a later date.

Many of the features announced were repeats of last year's short video announcement, including different ways to play at home and on the go, as well as details about different ways in which the Joy-Con remotes can be used. Nintendo did offer a bit more information on the Joy-Con remotes however, noting that each side can be used as a fully functioning remote, and that they feature HD rumble for more realistic vibrations while gaming. It was also announced that the left Joy-Con features a square button meant to take screenshots while gaming so that you can share pictures with friends. They are also hoping to expand this feature to include video capture at a later date.

If you're playing the Switch console off the dock and on your tabletop or on the go, Nintendo mentioned that the battery life of the system is between 2.5 and 6.5 hours depending on the game.

Upcoming Games

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild finally receives a release date

Nintendo announced quite a few games that will be released either at launch or a later date. While there are 80 active titles in the works for the Switch, here's a look at a few of the titles announced during the presentation:

  • The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild (March 3)
  • 1-2 Switch (March 3)
  • Arms
  • Splatoon 2 (Summer 2017)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Holiday 2017)
  • Xenoblade 2
  • Fire Emblem Warriors
  • Project Octopath Traveller
  • New "Shin Megami Tensei" title
  • Skyrim
  • FIFA

Product Configuration

A look at what's included with your Switch purchase

While exact product specifications were left out of today's presentation, Nintendo did reveal exactly what comes included in the box when you purchase the Nintendo Switch console:

  • Nintendo Switch Console (screen)
  • Left and right Joy-Con
  • Wrist strap
  • Joy-Con grip
  • Switch dock
  • HDMI cable
  • A/C Adapter

Nintendo also mentioned that when you go to buy the console, you'll have a choice between a system with grey Joy-Con remotes, or a system with one red and one blue Joy-Con remote -- both of which have the same retail price. Pro remotes will be available separately.

More info is expected to be released in the upcoming weeks as more presentations and hands-on events occur leading up to the Switch's release date.

Update: Nintendo's website just announced that the Switch and Play Preview Tour will be visiting Toronto's Metro Convention Centre on January 29, 2017. As of right now, this is the only Canadian tour date listed.

Did you watch the Nintendo Switch presentation? What are your thoughts on the console? Will you be picking one up? Let us know in the comments!

14 Comments

    • RFDAmbia wrote: There's no word yet on when the console goes up for pre-order in Canada, but some games are already appearing on Amazon for pre-order.

      Any one planning on getting the Switch?
      You're at least 1 hour late. Pre-orders went up at 9 AM EST and they look to be all sold out. The majority of the pre-orders are definitely from scalpers.

      In regards to getting a Switch, it's an easy pass for me mainly for two reasons. One being that $400 is too much money for a console that doesn't seem like a good value, and two, Zelda is the only good looking game. The Switch price is a perfect example of Nintendo's premium pricing, for not so premium hardware.

      The Switch is like a Wii U with make up on.
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    • WH0WHAT wrote: You're at least 1 hour late. Pre-orders went up at 9 AM EST and they look to be all sold out. The majority of the pre-orders are definitely from scalpers.

      In regards to getting a Switch, it's an easy pass for me mainly for two reasons. One being that $400 is too much money for a console that doesn't seem like a good value, and two, Zelda is the only good looking game. The Switch price is a perfect example of Nintendo's premium pricing, for not so premium hardware.

      The Switch is like a Wii U with make up on.
      Yes, it looks like you replied at the same time I was making an edit to the post saying the same thing!
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    • I'm pumped for this. If only for the fact I can play it on the train going to work. As for home use, I might play local multiplayer stuff, or Mario with the wife... but that's about it.
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    • I saw the $299 price and though oh hell yeah. Then I remembered I live in Canada and that everything here is at a premium. I figures okay whatever $349, not so bad. NOPE. $399 lol not buying till a sale.
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    • JacobM604313 wrote: I saw the $299 price and though oh hell yeah. Then I remembered I live in Canada and that everything here is at a premium. I figures okay whatever $349, not so bad. NOPE. $399 lol not buying till a sale.
      $300 USD is $393 CDN. We are paying a premium of $7.
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    • I updated the news post, but it looks like the hands-on demo tour is visiting Toronto on January 29 -- as of now this is the only Canadian tour date listed.
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    • Price and lack of titles is a major sticking point.

      In the absence of competition, US$299 for a bare console might be attractive. But not in 2017 when a PS4 bundle sells for US$269.

      Nintendo will be spending the next 2-3 years justifying Switch hardware while Sony and MS are out there selling AAA games.
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    • I don't think I agree with you guys on the value thing, it comes other the dock, grip, 2 joycons and wrist strap. That seems like a pretty decent value to me, they could have easily shipped the dock as a $99 accessory. I was hoping for $350, but I still preordered at $399. The design is fundamentally better than. The Wii or Wii U (I skipped both) so I'm willing to chace that it might not get that many games.

      I'm also surprised that so many people are complaining about the hardware specs, It's easily the most powerful portable console ever made.
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    • Flunk wrote: I don't think I agree with you guys on the value thing, it comes other the dock, grip, 2 joycons and wrist strap. That seems like a pretty decent value to me, they could have easily shipped the dock as a $99 accessory. I was hoping for $350, but I still preordered at $399. The design is fundamentally better than. The Wii or Wii U (I skipped both) so I'm willing to chace that it might not get that many games.
      And Nintendo could have have easily made the AC adapter a separate accessory and charge you extra for the shipping box and twist ties.

      Anyone can charge outrageous prices for accessories. That's not the hard part. The challege is pricing your product competitively to attract customers.

      It would be stupid to not include the dock with the Switch.
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    • Ladies and Gents. It seems Nintendo has missed the mark again. The only problem with the Wii U was lack of games. This is the only reason it failed. So Nintendo thinks, they can sell us another system. And it looks to be a fantastic system at that. However by seeing only 8 titles on release. And only Zelda being a good 2017 game. The others just fill ins to have more than one game on release, is pretty pathetic, they did not learn there lesson. And Mario Odyssey with a release date of December 31st. Really? Bad timing on all there release dates. Nintendo has forgotten what made them. The original NES had 1000s of games. Sure a lot of crap ones. But 1000's of games. To make this system successful they needed a Mario
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    • December 31st is a placeholder date used by retailers when they do not have an exact release date.
      No companies are dumb enough to ever release a game on New Years Eve...

      kos99 wrote: Ladies and Gents. It seems Nintendo has missed the mark again. The only problem with the Wii U was lack of games. This is the only reason it failed. So Nintendo thinks, they can sell us another system. And it looks to be a fantastic system at that. However by seeing only 8 titles on release. And only Zelda being a good 2017 game. The others just fill ins to have more than one game on release, is pretty pathetic, they did not learn there lesson. And Mario Odyssey with a release date of December 31st. Really? Bad timing on all there release dates. Nintendo has forgotten what made them. The original NES had 1000s of games. Sure a lot of crap ones. But 1000's of games. To make this system successful they needed a Mario
      Nintendo announced a Holiday 2017 release date for Mario Odyssey which suggests late October, November or December.
      Unless it gets delayed like how Zelda was delayed into March of this year.

      Nintendo only had the Atari 2600 and Sega Master system as competition in the NES days. Most NES games were bad too, it's just that the Atari did not
      have any good games at all and the Atari had an awfully imprecise joystick and single button as a controller.
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    • kos99 wrote: Ladies and Gents. It seems Nintendo has missed the mark again. The only problem with the Wii U was lack of games. This is the only reason it failed. So Nintendo thinks, they can sell us another system. And it looks to be a fantastic system at that. However by seeing only 8 titles on release. And only Zelda being a good 2017 game. The others just fill ins to have more than one game on release, is pretty pathetic, they did not learn there lesson. And Mario Odyssey with a release date of December 31st. Really? Bad timing on all there release dates. Nintendo has forgotten what made them. The original NES had 1000s of games. Sure a lot of crap ones. But 1000's of games. To make this system successful they needed a Mario
      Nes didn't even have a 1000 games in total. ~700 games total.
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    • I was counting Japanese ones. The nes had 800 something I believe.
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    • wow. impressive as for me.
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