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NINTENDO SWITCH

Everything you need to know about Nintendo's portable console

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Nintendo’s entry into the ninth console generation is the talk of the town, but how does it actually work and what games does it offer?

The console codenamed NX was officially announced as the Nintendo Switch on 21 October 2016. It was unveiled via a lively trailer that demonstrated the home/handheld hybrid in action, including its detachable Joy-con controllers, six games and traditional gamepad support.

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On 13 January, Nintendo revealed finer details on the Nintendo Switch through a live stream from Tokyo, including different SKUs, Joy-Con functionality, online play and over 30 titles (including a new Super Mario title).



Now that the Nintendo Switch is out in the wild, let's take a deep look at the console's hardware and games.

NINTENDO SWITCH GAMES

Upcoming and available games for Nintendo Switch

Nintendo has over 100 titles planned for release. The list included stalwart franchises like The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario and Bomberman but also a huge selection of quality indies like Shovel Knight.

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KEY NINTENDO SWITCH TITLES


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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild turns a new leaf for the series by completely removing the shackles of the series' typically linear progression and opens up Hyrule giving the player more freedom than ever. RPG and adventure fans will get more value out of Breath of the Wild than any title previous, thanks to a new level of inventory management, sprawling side-quests and a stronger difficulty curve than most Nintendo games offer.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild received unanimous praise from critics all over the world, as far being named one of the best games in history by many outlets.

It's the perfect fit for someone looking for a deep, rewarding single player experience for their Nintendo Switch

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe brings all of the sweet karting action from the Wii U generation to the handheld Switch.

While the majority of the game is the same Mario Kart 8 we all know and love, there are a few new characters and an all-new battle mode to sweeten the pot.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes packaged with all the DLC released last generation and adds Splatoon's Inklings, King Boo and Dry Bones to the roster of racers.

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Super Mario Odyssey

Mario's first adventure on the Switch is also his first large-scale 3D adventure since Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Odyssey takes Mario on an epic adventure through many different worlds, including one that's eerily similar to our own. It's the first time Mario has crossed over into the real world and it's sure to be just as bizarre as that sounds.

Odyssey's other big feature is Mario's sentient cap. Mario's iconic red cap has a life of its own in Odyssey. The player will use Mario's cap to fight enemies and solve puzzles when the game releases in 2017.

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The full list of games for Nintendo Switch

Nintendo subtly revealed more than 30 games at its January Switch event. We combined those titles with rumoured and leaked titles in one comprehensive list.

TitleRelease dateGenres
1-2-Switch (Nintendo) Mar 3, 2017Party, Multiplayer, Action
ACA NEOGEO ALPHA MISSION II Apr 6, 2017First Person, Action, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO BLAZING STAR May 2, 2017Arcade, First Person, Action
ACA NEOGEO FATAL FURY Apr 20, 2017Fighting, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO GALAXY FIGHT: UNIVERSAL WARRIORS May 18, 2017Fighting, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES May 11, 2017Fighting, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO METAL SLUG Mar 30, 2017Action, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO METAL SLUG 3 Mar 9, 2017Action, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO NAM-1975 Mar 9, 2017Action, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO NEO TURF MASTERS Mar 23, 2017Sports, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO OVER TOP Apr 27, 2017Racing, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO SAMURAI SHODOWN IV Apr 13, 2017Fighting, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO SHOCK TROOPERS Mar 9, 2017Action, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO THE KING OF FIGHTERS '94 Mar 16, 2017Fighting, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO THE KING OF FIGHTERS '98 Mar 9, 2017Fighting, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO WAKU WAKU 7 Mar 9, 2017Fighting, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO WORLD HEROES PERFECT Mar 9, 2017Fighting, Arcade
ARMS (Nintendo) Jun 16, 2017Fighting
Battle Chasers Nightwar (Airship Syndicate) Late Summer 2017Role-Playing
Blaster Master Zero (INTI CREATES CO., LTD.) Mar 9, 2017Action, Adventure
CELESTE (Matt Makes Games Inc.) 2017Adventure, Platformer
Dark Witch Music Episode: Rudymical May 11, 2017Music, Action
Disgaea 5 Complete (Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.) May 23, 2017Role-Playing
FIFA® (Electronic Arts) TBDSports
Fast RMX (Shin'en) Mar 3, 2017Racing, Action, Arcade
Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star (Marvelous Inc.) Jul 25, 2017Action
Fire Emblem Warriors TBDStrategy, Role-Playing
Flipping Death (Zoink AB) TBDAdventure, Platformer
Graceful Explosion Machine (Vertex Pop) Apr 6, 2017Action, Arcade
Has Been Heroes (Frozenbyte) Mar 28, 2017Strategy, Adventure, RPG, Arcade
Human Resource Machine Mar 16, 2017Puzzles, Education, Simulation, Strategy
I am Setsuna (Tokyo RPG Factory) Mar 3, 2017RPG
Just Dance 2017 (Ubisoft Paris / Ubisoft Pune) Mar 3, 2017Music
KAMIKO Apr 27, 2017Action, Arcade
LEGO® CITY Undercover (TT Games) Apr 4, 2017Action, Adventure
Little Inferno Mar 16, 2017Puzzles, Simulation, Lifestyle
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) Apr 28, 2017Racing, Multiplayer
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition - Digital Version (4J Studios Ltd. / Microsoft Studios) May 11, 2017Adventure, Strategy
Minecraft: Story Mode - The Complete Adventure (Telltale Games) TBDAdventure
Monopoly for Nintendo Switch (Engine Software) Fall 2017Action, Racing, Arcade
Mr. Shifty (Team Shifty) Apr 13, 2017Action, Adventure
NAMCO MUSEUM (NAMCO BANDAI Studios Inc.) Summer 2017Action
NBA 2K18 (Visual Concepts) September 2017Sports
NBA Playgrounds May 9, 2017Sports, Arcade
New Frontier Days ~Founding Pioneers~ Mar 23, 2017Simulation
Othello Mar 23, 2017Board Games
PAYDAY 2 Winter 2017Action
Pocket Rumble (Cardboard Robot Games, LLC) TBDFighting
Puyo Puyo Tetris (SEGA) Apr 25, 2017Puzzles
Puyo Puyo Tetris (SEGA) Apr 25, 2017Puzzles
RIME Spring 2017Adventure, Platformer
Rayman® Legends Definitive Edition (Ubisoft Montpellier) 2017Action, Adventure
SKYLANDERS® IMAGINATORS (Toys For Bob) Mar 3, 2017Action, Adventure
Shakedown: Hawaii (Vblank Entertainment Inc.) Q2 2017Action, Adventure
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (Yacht Club Games) Mar 3, 2017Action, Adventure, Platformer
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Yacht Club Games) Mar 3, 2017Action, Adventure, Platformer
Sine Mora EX (THQ Nordic) Summer 2017First Person, Action
Snake Pass (SUMO Digital) Mar 28, 2017Action, Adventure, Platformer, Arcade
Snipperclips - Cut it out, together! (SFB Games) Mar 3, 2017Action, Puzzles, Multiplayer
Sonic Forces (SEGA) Winter 2017Action
Sonic Mania Summer 2017Action, Platformer
Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) Jul 21, 2017Action
SteamWorld Dig 2 (Image & Form International AB) Summer 2017Action, Adventure, Platformer
Steep TBDSports
Super Bomberman R (Konami) Mar 3, 2017Action, Party, Puzzles, Multiplayer
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo) Holiday 2017Action, Platformer
Syberia 3 TBDAdventure
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ (Nicalis, Inc.) Mar 17, 2017Action, Adventure
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® (Bethesda Game Studios) Fall 2017Role-Playing
The Jackbox Party Pack 3 Apr 13, 2017Party
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) Mar 3, 2017Adventure, Action, RPG
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Master Edition (Nintendo) Mar 3, 2017Adventure, Action, RPG
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Special Edition (Nintendo) Mar 3, 2017Adventure, Action, RPG
Thumper May 18, 2017Action, Music, Arcade
TumbleSeed (Team TumbleSeed) May 2, 2017Action, Adventure
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers May 26, 2017Action, Fighting
VOEZ Mar 9, 2017Music
Vroom in the Night Sky Apr 5, 2017Racing, Action
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap Apr 18, 2017Action, Adventure, Platformer
World of Goo Mar 16, 2017Puzzles, Strategy, Simulation, Multiplayer

NINTENDO SWITCH SPECS

Everything you need to know about the Switch's hardware and specs

Nintendo Switch hardware

The Nintendo Switch comes with the Switch tablet, a dock with HDMI output and two Joy-Con controllers. Here's everything you need to know about Nintendo's hardware.

Nintendo Switch

With all these detachable parts, what is the Switch exactly? Technically the tablet at the console's core is the Nintendo Switch. The console itself is exclusively sold in a package that includes the Switch Dock, two Joy-Con controllers and all the required cables.

Nintendo Switch Price

For a more detailed breakdown on how much the Nintendo Switch costs around the world, check our Switch price comparison. Otherwise, the Switch is sold in two different SKUs at the same price.

HardwarePrice
Nintendo Switch Console Grey$469.95
Nintendo Switch Console Blue and Red Neon$469.95

Thanks to our 10% Goods and Services tax, the Nintendo Switch is a little pricier in Australia than it is in other countries (but New Zealand has it worse).

Nintendo Switch Specs

Before the official announcement, the Switch's specs were undoubtedly the hottest topic when it came to wild rumours. While we know a lot more about the console itself, there's still a lot we don't know, like exactly how powerful the Switch's custom Nvidia Tegra chipset is. Here's what we do know about the Switch's specs.

Nintendo SwitchSpecs
Display6.2-inch
Resolution1280x720
ProcessorCustom Nvidia Tegra-based system-on-a-chip (SOC)
Internal memory32GB
Expandable memoryUp to 2TB (Micro SDXC)
Audio2 speakers, 3.5mm headphone hack
Battery life3 - 6 hours
ChargingUSB-C
SensorsBrightness sensor

Joy-Con controllers

Whether it's placed in the dock, tabletop mode or handheld, the Joy-Con controllers are an essential part of the Switch's hardware.

The Joy-Cons come in grey and red/blue neon variations. They are also compatible with various accessories, like a charging grip and wheel frames. Here's how much they will cost you in Australia.

Joy-Con price
HardwarePrice
Joy-Con set (2)$119.95
Joy-Con individual (1)$69.95
Switch Charging Grip$39.95
Switch Wheel Accessory$24.95
Switch Strap$14.95

The Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con controllers share a similar button layout to the Wii U gamepad, with the exception of a share button and altered joystick placement.

The Joy-Cons boast new features like HD Rumble and an IR Sensor. The former simulates real-world sensations, like rattling ice in a glass, and the latter can identify movement, shape and distance. For example, you could play scissors, paper, rock and the Switch would be able to identify the action of moving your hand, how far it is from the sensor and which action you chose.

Joy-Con specs

The Joy-Con controllers are quite small when separated. Here are the specifications for the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons.

Joy-ConSpecs
Height102mm
Width35.99mm
Depth28.4mm
Weight101.5g
BatteryLithium Ion
Battery lifeApprox. 20 hours

Nintendo Switch third-party support

A huge roster of publishers, software developers and middleware partners have expressed their support for the Nintendo Switch. Among them are some huge AAA names like Activision and Bethesda, and some exciting prospects like FromSoftware. Dark Souls 3 on the go anyone?

Here is a full list of companies throwing their weight behind the Nintendo Switch:

• 505 Games

• Activision Publishing, Inc.

• ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co., Ltd.

• ATLUS CO., LTD.

• Audiokinetic Inc.

• Autodesk, Inc.

• BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.

• Bethesda

• CAPCOM CO., LTD.

• Codemasters®

• CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.

• DeNA Co., Ltd.

• Electronic Arts

• Epic Games Inc.

• Firelight Technologies

• FromSoftware, Inc.

• Frozenbyte

• GameTrust

• GRASSHOPPER

• Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc.

• HAMSTER Corporation

• Havok

• INTI CREATES CO., LTD.

• KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.

• Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.

• LEVEL-5 Inc.

• Marvelous Inc.

• Maximum Games, LLC

• Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.

• Parity Bit Inc.

• PlatinumGames Inc.

• RAD Game Tools, Inc.

• RecoChoku Co., Ltd.

• SEGA Games Co., Ltd.

• Silicon Studio Corporation

• Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.

• SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.

• Starbreeze Studios

• Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

• Telltale Games

• THQ Nordic

• Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.

• TT Games

• UBISOFT

• Ubitus Inc.

• Unity Technologies, Inc.

• Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Latest Nintendo Switch headlines

Our Nintendo Switch wishlist: What came true and what didn't

Before the Nintendo Switch was announced and rumours were flying like a cow from the 1996 classic Twister, we had some high hopes for the mysterious little console. With some insight from said rumours and a little bit of industry expertise, we came up with a wishlist of things we wanted from the Nintendo Switch. Heres' what came true and what didn't.

What didn't

Here's what didn't come to fruition.

  • The Switch has to match or exceed the PS4 and Xbox One's processing power: In retrospect, this was a pretty lofty expectation for a console/handheld hybrid.
  • It needs a busy schedule of games: One of the Switch's main criticisms has been its limited launch lineup.
  • It needs to meet the expectations of modern media hub, including streaming and socialising: Nintendo's Kit Ellis confirmed to Business Insider that the Switch would not have multimedia apps at launch.

What did

Here's what did come to be.

  • It needs to be friendlier for developers: Despite a mixed public reaction, the Switch has been welcomed with open arms by the indie community. Suda 51 said when he graced the stage at the Switch event "the dev environment is probably as good as everyone is hoping. I feel it could even connect indies and AAAs".
  • It needs to modernise the Nintendo Network: For better or for worse, Nintendo is modernising the Nintendo Network with the Nintendo Switch Online Service. We don't know whether that's the final name. However, we do know it will do away with friend codes, allow cloud saves and offer free monthly games in the same way PlayStation and Xbox currently do.

Still unanswered

This is what's left of our Nintendo Switch wish list.

  • It should be virtual reality aware: Though it's been heavily rumored, Nintendo has not yet officially announced any VR plans for the Switch. On closer inspection, the Switch is prime for a Gear VR-type setup that utilises the console's detachable screen. The Switch's HD Rumble Joy-Cons are also prime for the Switch.
  •  A focus on traditional gaming ahead of gimmicky controls: We won't be able to answer this one for at least another year when we have a substantial library to judge. So far it's a healthy balance of both. Games like 1-2-Switch show off the Joy-Cons capabilities, where The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild more or less uses a traditional controller scheme.
  • It needs to intelligently connect and amplify Nintendo’s suite of mobile games: We'd love to know the answer to this one. Will Nintendo's iOS and Android games like Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes be available on the Nintendo Switch? The Switch's tablet design would suggest so but so far nothing has been announced.

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