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.

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.

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Nintendo Switch games

The Nintendo Switch saw over 100 titles released for it in its first year. 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.



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. This time around, Mario travels the globe, exploring the reaches of the Mushroom World like never before.

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 uses Mario’s cap to fight enemies and solve puzzles.

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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.

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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.

Hardware Price
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 Switch Specs
Display 6.2-inch
Resolution 1280x720
Processor Custom Nvidia Tegra-based system-on-a-chip (SOC)
Internal memory 32GB
Expandable memory Up to 2TB (Micro SDXC)
Audio 2 speakers, 3.5mm headphone hack
Battery life 3 - 6 hours
Charging USB-C
Sensors Brightness 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

Hardware Price
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-Con Specs
Height 102mm
Width 35.99mm
Depth 28.4mm
Weight 101.5g
Battery Lithium Ion
Battery life Approx. 20 hours

The full list of games for Nintendo Switch

Nintendo subtly revealed more than 30 games at its January 2017 Switch event. We combined those titles with rumoured and leaked titles in one comprehensive list.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of games to choose from, finder has you covered. Check out our list of the best Nintendo Switch games of 2017.

Title Release date Genres
1-2-Switch (Nintendo) Mar 3, 2017 Party, Multiplayer, Action
36 Fragments of Midnight (Ratalaika Games / Petite Games) Sep 14, 2017 Platformer, Puzzles
ACA NEOGEO AERO FIGHTERS 2 Aug 3, 2017 First Person, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO ALPHA MISSION II Apr 6, 2017 First Person, Action, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO ART OF FIGHTING Sep 21, 2017 Fighting, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO BLAZING STAR May 2, 2017 Arcade, First Person, Action
ACA NEOGEO BLUE'S JOURNEY Sep 7, 2017 Action, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO FATAL FURY Apr 20, 2017 Fighting, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO FATAL FURY 2 Jun 22, 2017 Fighting, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO FATAL FURY SPECIAL Jul 13, 2017 Fighting, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES May 11, 2017 Fighting, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO LAST RESORT Jun 1, 2017 Arcade, First Person
ACA NEOGEO MAGICAL DROP II Jun 29, 2017 Puzzles, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO MAGICIAN LORD Aug 17, 2017 Action, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO METAL SLUG Mar 30, 2017 Action, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO METAL SLUG 2 Jul 6, 2017 Action, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO METAL SLUG 3 Mar 9, 2017 Action, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO NAM-1975 Mar 9, 2017 Action, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO NEO TURF MASTERS Mar 23, 2017 Sports, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO OVER TOP Apr 27, 2017 Racing, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO PUZZLED Aug 24, 2017 Puzzles, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO SAMURAI SHODOWN Jul 20, 2017 Fighting, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO SAMURAI SHODOWN IV Apr 13, 2017 Fighting, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO SENGOKU Jun 15, 2017 Action, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO SHOCK TROOPERS Mar 9, 2017 Action, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO SHOCK TROOPERS 2nd Squad Jun 8, 2017 Action, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO SPIN MASTER Sep 14, 2017 Action, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO SUPER SIDEKICKS Jul 27, 2017 Sports, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO THE KING OF FIGHTERS '94 Mar 16, 2017 Fighting, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO THE KING OF FIGHTERS '98 Mar 9, 2017 Fighting, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO THE KING OF FIGHTERS '99 May 25, 2017 Fighting, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO THE KING OF FIGHTERS 2000 Aug 10, 2017 Fighting, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO WAKU WAKU 7 Mar 9, 2017 Fighting, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO WORLD HEROES PERFECT Mar 9, 2017 Fighting, Arcade
ACA NEOGEO ZED BLADE Aug 31, 2017 First Person, Arcade
ARMS (Nintendo) Jun 16, 2017 Fighting, Multiplayer, Action
AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected (Aurelien Regard / Jean-Matthieu Gennisson) Q1 2018 Action, Platformer
Arcade Archives Mario Bros. Sep 27, 2017 Action, Arcade
Astro Duel Deluxe May 30, 2017 Arcade, Party, Multiplayer
Axiom Verge (Thomas Happ Games LLC) Oct 17, 2017 Action, Adventure, Platformer
Azure Striker GUNVOLT: STRIKER PACK (INTI CREATES CO., LTD.) Aug 31, 2017 Action
BOOST BEAST Jul 20, 2017 Puzzles
Battle Chasers Nightwar (Airship Syndicate) Fall 2017 Role-Playing
Battle Chef Brigade (Trinket Studios) Holiday 2017 Role-Playing
Beach Buggy Racing Sep 14, 2017 Racing, Action, Party, Multiplayer
Blaster Master Zero (INTI CREATES CO., LTD.) Mar 9, 2017 Action, Adventure
Bulb Boy Jul 6, 2017 Adventure, Puzzles
CELESTE (Matt Makes Games Inc.) Q1 2018 Adventure, Platformer
Cars 3: Driven to Win Jun 13, 2017 Racing
Cave Story+ Jun 20, 2017 Platformer, Adventure, Action
Conga Master Party! (Undercoders) Sep 28, 2017 Party, Multiplayer, Arcade
DOOM (id Software) Holiday 2017 First Person, Action
DRAGON BALL Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch Sep 22, 2017 Action, Fighting
Dandara (Long Hat House) 2017 Action, Platformer
Dark Witch Music Episode: Rudymical May 11, 2017 Music, Action
De Mambo Jul 13, 2017 Action, Fighting, Platformer, Party
Death Squared Jul 13, 2017 Party, Puzzles, Multiplayer
Disgaea 5 Complete (Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.) May 23, 2017 Role-Playing
Double Dragon 4 (InterOne Inc.) Sep 7, 2017 Action, Fighting
Dragon Marked For Death (INTI CREATES CO., LTD.) Winter 2017 Action, Role-Playing
Dragon Quest Builders Spring 2018 Adventure, Simulation
EA SPORTS FIFA 18 (EA Vancouver and EA Romania) Sep 29, 2017 Sports
Earth Atlantis (Pixel Perfex) Fall 2017 First Person, Action
Fast RMX (Shin'en) Mar 3, 2017 Racing, Action, Arcade
Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star (Marvelous Inc.) Jul 25, 2017 Action
Fe (Zoink!) 2018 Action, Adventure
Fire Emblem Warriors (KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.) Oct 20, 2017 Action, Role-Playing
Fire Emblem Warriors Special Edition (KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.) Oct 20, 2017 Action, Role-Playing
Flip Wars Aug 10, 2017 Puzzles, Strategy
Flipping Death (Zoink AB) Q1 2018 Adventure, Platformer
Floor Kids (MERJ Media) Holiday 2017 Dance, Action
GUNBARICH for Nintendo Switch (Zerodiv Inc.) Aug 3, 2017 Arcade, Puzzles, Shooter, Action
GoNNER Jun 29, 2017 Action, Adventure, First Person, Platformer
Golf Story (Sidebar Games) Sep 2017 Sports, Role-Playing
Graceful Explosion Machine (Vertex Pop) Apr 6, 2017 Action, Arcade
Has Been Heroes (Frozenbyte) Mar 28, 2017 Strategy, Adventure, RPG, Arcade
Human Resource Machine Mar 16, 2017 Puzzles, Education, Simulation, Strategy
Huntdown (Easy Trigger Games) TBD Action
I am Setsuna (Tokyo RPG Factory) Mar 3, 2017 RPG
I and Me Jul 13, 2017 Action, Platformer, Puzzles
IMPLOSION Jul 6, 2017 Action
IRONCAST (Dreadbit) Aug 10, 2017 Puzzles, Strategy
Infinite Minigolf (Zen Studios) Jul 28, 2017 Sports, Party, Multiplayer
Just Dance 2017 (Ubisoft Paris / Ubisoft Pune) Mar 3, 2017 Music
KAMIKO Apr 27, 2017 Action, Arcade
Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition (Cardboard Computer) Q1 2018 Adventure
Kingdom: New Lands (Noio) Sep 14, 2017 Strategy, Adventure, Simulation
Kirby Star Allies (HAL Laboratory, Inc.) Spring 2018 Action, Platformer
L.A. Noire (Rockstar Games) Nov 14, 2017 Adventure
LEGO Worlds (TT Games) Sep 5, 2017 Adventure, Puzzles
LEGO® CITY Undercover (TT Games) Apr 4, 2017 Action, Adventure
LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie Video Game (TT Games) Sep 22, 2017 Action
LOST SPHEAR (Tokyo RPG Factory) Jan 23, 2018 RPG
League of Evil (Ratalaika Games / Woblyware) Aug 31, 2017 Action, Platformer, Arcade
Levels+ : Addictive Puzzle Game Jul 13, 2017 Puzzles, Role-Playing, Board Games
Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition (Lichthund) Sep 7, 2017 Action, Arcade, First Person, Party
Light Fingers (Numizmatic) Q1 2018 Action, Board Games
Little Inferno Mar 16, 2017 Puzzles, Simulation, Lifestyle
MIGHTY GUNVOLT BURST Jun 15, 2017 Action
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft Paris Studios) Aug 29, 2017 Adventure, Strategy
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) Apr 28, 2017 Racing, Multiplayer
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition - Digital Version (4J Studios Ltd. / Microsoft Studios) May 11, 2017 Adventure, Strategy
Minecraft: Story Mode - The Complete Adventure (Telltale Games) Aug 22, 2017 Adventure
Mom Hid My Game! (Kemco) 2017 Puzzles
Monopoly for Nintendo Switch (Engine Software) Fall 2017 Action, Racing, Arcade
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom (Game Atelier) 2018 Action, Adventure, Platformer
Mr. Shifty (Team Shifty) Apr 13, 2017 Action, Adventure
Mulaka (Lienzo) 2018 Action, Adventure
NAMCO MUSEUM (BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.) Jul 28, 2017 Action
NAMCO MUSEUM (PAC-MAN VS. Free Multiplayer-only Ver.) Jul 28, 2017 Arcade
NBA 2K18 (Visual Concepts) Sep 15, 2017 Sports
NBA 2K18 Legend Edition (Visual Concepts) Sep 15, 2017 Sports
NBA 2K18 Legend Edition Gold (Visual Concepts) Sep 15, 2017 Sports
NBA Playgrounds May 9, 2017 Sports, Arcade
NeuroVoider (Flying Oak) Sep 7, 2017 Action, First Person, Role-Playing, Arcade
New Frontier Days ~Founding Pioneers~ Mar 23, 2017 Simulation
Next Up Hero (Digital Continue) Q1 2018 Action, Adventure, Arcade
Nine Parchments (Frozenbyte) Holiday 2017 Action, Role-Playing
ONE PIECE: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition Sep 29, 2017 Action, Adventure
Oceanhorn - Monster of Uncharted Seas (Cornfox & Bros.) Jun 22, 2017 Action, Adventure, Role-Playing
Othello Mar 23, 2017 Board Games
Overcooked Special Edition Jul 27, 2017 Party, Strategy, Communication, Simulation
PAN-PAN A tiny big adventure (Spelkraft) Sep 14, 2017 Adventure, Puzzles
PAYDAY 2 Winter 2017 Action
Phantom Trigger Aug 10, 2017 Action, Adventure
Physical Contact: 2048 (Collavier) Sep 7, 2017 Puzzles, Board Games, Multiplayer
Physical Contact: SPEED (Collavier) Jul 27, 2017 Board Games, Communication
Piczle Lines DX (Score Studios) Aug 24, 2017 Puzzles, Board Games, Action
Pocket Rumble (Cardboard Robot Games, LLC) 2017 Fighting
Pokkén Tournament DX (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Inc.) Sep 22, 2017 Fighting, Action
Poly Bridge (Dry Cactus Limited) Holiday 2017 Simulation, Puzzles
Puyo Puyo Tetris (SEGA) Apr 25, 2017 Puzzles
Puyo Puyo Tetris (SEGA) Apr 25, 2017 Puzzles
Puzzle Adventure Blockle (INTENSE) Aug 3, 2017 Puzzles, Adventure
Qbics Paint Jul 27, 2017 Puzzles, Education
Quest of Dungeons (Upfall Studios) Sep 14, 2017 Role-Playing, Adventure, Strategy, Action
R.B.I. Baseball 17 ( Sep 5, 2017 Sports
RIME Fall 2017 Adventure, Platformer
Rayman® Legends Definitive Edition (Ubisoft Montpellier) Sep 12, 2017 Action, Adventure, Platformer
Retro City Rampage DX (Vblank Entertainment Inc.) Aug 3, 2017 Action, Adventure, Arcade, First Person
Robonauts (QubicGames) Sep 15, 2017 Action, Arcade, First Person, Platformer
Rocket Fist (Bitten Toast Games Inc.) Aug 10, 2017 Action, Arcade, Multiplayer, Party
Rocket League® (Psyonix) Holiday 2017 Sports
Runner3 (Choice Provisions) Q1 2018 Platformer
SKYLANDERS® IMAGINATORS (Toys For Bob) Mar 3, 2017 Action, Adventure
STRIKERS1945 for Nintendo Switch (Zerodiv Inc.) Aug 3, 2017 Arcade, First Person
Sausage Sports Club (Luckshot Games) Fall 2017 Platformer
Semispheres (Vivid Helix Inc.) Sep 14, 2017 Puzzles, Strategy
Severed (DrinkBox Studios) Aug 8, 2017 Action, Role-Playing
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (WayForward) Jun 8, 2017 Action, Adventure, Platformer
Shephy Jul 6, 2017 Board Games, Puzzles, Other
Shovel Knight: King of Cards (Yacht Club Games) Q1 2018 Action, Adventure, Platformer
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (Yacht Club Games) Mar 3, 2017 Action, Adventure, Platformer
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Yacht Club Games) Mar 3, 2017 Action, Adventure, Platformer
Sine Mora EX (Digital Reality / Grasshopper Manufacture) Sep 26, 2017 First Person, Action
Sky Ride (MUTAN INC.) Aug 17, 2017 Action, First Person
Slime-san (Fabraz) Aug 3, 2017 Platformer, Arcade, Adventure, Action
Snake Pass (SUMO Digital) Mar 28, 2017 Action, Adventure, Platformer, Arcade
Snipperclips - Cut it out, together! (SFB Games) Mar 3, 2017 Action, Puzzles, Multiplayer
Snipperclips Plus - Cut it out, together! (SFB Games) Nov 10, 2017 Action, Puzzles, Multiplayer
Snipperclips Plus - Cut it out, together! (Digital Version) (SFB Games) Nov 10, 2017 Action, Puzzles, Multiplayer
Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase (City Connection) Sep 20, 2017 Puzzles, Multiplayer
Sonic Forces (Sonic Team) Holiday 2017 Action
Sonic Mania (Christian Whitehead) Aug 15, 2017 Action, Platformer, Arcade, Multiplayer
Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) Jul 21, 2017 Action, First Person, Multiplayer
Stardew Valley (ConcernedApe) 2017 Role-Playing
SteamWorld Dig 2 (Image & Form International AB) Sep 21, 2017 Action, Adventure, Platformer, Puzzles
Steep TBD Sports
Super Bomberman R (Konami) Mar 3, 2017 Action, Party, Puzzles, Multiplayer
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo) Oct 27, 2017 Action, Platformer
Super Meat Boy Forever (Team Meat) 2018 Platformer
Syberia 3 TBD Adventure
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ (Nicalis, Inc.) Mar 17, 2017 Action, Adventure
The Bridge (The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild) Sep 7, 2017 Puzzles, Platformer, Strategy, Adventure
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® (Bethesda Game Studios) Nov 17, 2017 Role-Playing, Action
The Jackbox Party Pack (Jackbox Games) Aug 17, 2017 Party, Multiplayer
The Jackbox Party Pack 2 (Jackbox Games) Aug 17, 2017 Party, Multiplayer
The Jackbox Party Pack 3 (Jackbox Games) Apr 13, 2017 Party
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) Mar 3, 2017 Adventure, Action, RPG
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Master Edition (Nintendo) Mar 3, 2017 Adventure, Action, RPG
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Special Edition (Nintendo) Mar 3, 2017 Adventure, Action, RPG
Thimbleweed Park (Terrible Toybox, Inc.) Sep 21, 2017 Adventure, Puzzles
Thumper May 18, 2017 Action, Music, Arcade
Tiny Barbarian DX Oct 10, 2017 Action, Adventure, Platformer, Multiplayer
Troll and I (Spiral House Ltd) Aug 15, 2017 Action, Adventure, Role-Playing
TumbleSeed (Team TumbleSeed) May 2, 2017 Action, Adventure
Ultra Hyperball (Springloaded) Jul 28, 2017 Action, Party, Sports, Arcade
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers May 26, 2017 Action, Fighting
Unbox: Newbie's Adventure (Prospect Games) 2017 Action, Platformer
Use Your Words (Smiling Buddha Games, LLC.) Aug 3, 2017 Party, Multiplayer, Board Games
VOEZ Mar 9, 2017 Music
Vaccine (Rainy Night Creations) Jul 6, 2017 Action, Arcade, Adventure, First Person
Vroom in the Night Sky Apr 5, 2017 Racing, Action
WWE 2K18 (Visual Concepts / Yuke's) Fall 2017 Action, Fighting
Wargroove (Chucklefish) Q1 2018 Strategy
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (MachineGames) 2018 First Person, Action
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap Apr 18, 2017 Action, Adventure, Platformer
World of Goo Mar 16, 2017 Puzzles, Strategy, Simulation, Multiplayer
Wulverblade (Fully Illustrated / Darkwind Media) Sep 2017 Action, Platformer
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Monolith Soft) Dec 1, 2017 Role-Playing
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Special Edition (Monolith Soft) Dec 1, 2017 Role-Playing
Yoku's Island Express 2018 Adventure
Yono and the Celestial Elephants (Neckbolt) Oct 12, 2017 Adventure, Puzzles
Yoshi for Nintendo Switch (Working Title) (Good-Feel) 2018 Action, Platformer
forma.8 (MixedBag Srl) Aug 24, 2017 Action, Adventure, Arcade
project OCTOPATH TRAVELER (working title) (Square Enix) 2018 Role-Playing, Adventure

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