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Nintendo Switch is a shape-shifting $300 gaming console: Specifications, games, availability and more

Here’s everything you need to know about Nintendo’s much-awaited gaming console, Switch.

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Nintendo has finally taken the wraps off its latest gaming console, and it is quite an ambitious one at that. The company unveiled Switch at an event in Tokyo, and it is set to go on sale on March 3, priced at $299.99 (Rs 20,500 approximately). Hit the break to know everything about the new Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch is very different from gaming consoles like the Sony PlayStation 4 or Microsoft’s Xbox One, in the way it blends traditional design with portability. So in essence, the Switch functions as a normal gaming console when docked, and you can use a wireless controller to play games, and the output is on a TV set. But the highlight is how you can simply undock and continue playing games like a handheld device.

To continue playing games on-the-go, one can simply attach two controllers to either side of the built-in screen. Nintendo calls these controllers Joy-Cons, and these are basically a pair of controllers with a joystick and 4-button layout. In this mode, you can’t help but feel that the Switch resembles Sony’s PSP. These controllers can also be used separately in games  that require Wii-like motion controllers.

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Nintendo Switch specifications

Specifications for the Switch are scarce at best. What we do know is that it comes with a 6.2-inch HD (1280×720 pixels) resolution multi-touch capacitive screen, and 32GB onboard storage, which can be expanded using a microSDXC card. The console is powered by a custom processor built by Nvidia.

There are two speakers at the bottom, a 3.5mm audio jack at the top, USB Type-C port, and a battery that is said to be good enough to last anywhere between 2.5 hours and six hours.

Nintendo Switch accessories

The Switch’s Joy-Con controllers will cost $80 (Rs 5,400 approximately) for a new pair, though a single controller can also be bought for $50 (Rs 3,400 approximately). There’s also a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, which is a tad more bulky and looks like the ones you get with the Xbox or PS4. This will cost you $70 (Rs 4,800 approximately).

The rest of the accessories include a Joy-Con charging grip ($30 or Rs 2,000 approximately), a Switch Dock Set ($90 or Rs 6,000 approximately), and a Joy-Con Wheel for racing games, priced at $15 (Rs 1,000 approximately).

Nintendo Switch Games

Games for the Switch will be available via “game cards” that will be inserted from above. Nintendo announced a bunch of games at the event today, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This new Zelda game is the first exclusive for Switch, and is the company’s attempt at launching more open-world games.

Super Mario is also set to arrive on Switch. Super Mario Odyssey is quite unlike what we have seen before, and it has our famous plumber running around in real-world locales. The effect is not a lot unlike the Grand Theft Auto series.

Some of the other games announced for Switch include, Just Dance 2017, Project Sonic 2017, Dragon Quest X, Splatoon 2, Yooka-Laylee, Stardrew Valley, Lego City Undercover, and more.

Nintendo Switch price, availability

The Switch is priced at $299.99, and it will go on sale on March 3. There’s however no word on whether Nintendo plans to launch the console in India.

  • Published Date: January 13, 2017 1:11 PM IST