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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.
Nintendo Switch Review
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 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.
KEY NINTENDO SWITCH TITLES
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
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.
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.
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.
|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 GALAXY FIGHT: UNIVERSAL WARRIORS||May 18, 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 (MLB.com)||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|
|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|
|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|
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.
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.
|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.
|Processor||Custom Nvidia Tegra-based system-on-a-chip (SOC)|
|Expandable memory||Up to 2TB (Micro SDXC)|
|Audio||2 speakers, 3.5mm headphone hack|
|Battery life||3 - 6 hours|
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 set (2)||$119.95|
|Joy-Con individual (1)||$69.95|
|Switch Charging Grip||$39.95|
|Switch Wheel Accessory||$24.95|
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.
The Joy-Con controllers are quite small when separated. Here are the specifications for the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons.
|Battery life||Approx. 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:
• Activision Publishing, Inc.
• ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co., Ltd.
• ATLUS CO., LTD.
• Audiokinetic Inc.
• Autodesk, Inc.
• BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
• CAPCOM CO., LTD.
• CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.
• DeNA Co., Ltd.
• Electronic Arts
• Epic Games Inc.
• Firelight Technologies
• FromSoftware, Inc.
• Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc.
• HAMSTER Corporation
• 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
• Ubitus Inc.
• Unity Technologies, Inc.
• Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
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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.
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.
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.
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.