Nintendo Switch: Australian release window and launch game announced

Chris Stead 28 April 2016

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Nintendo is readying a successor to the ill-received Wii U, righting the wrongs of that console with a brave new machine. But how much will it cost? What will it be like? And when will it come out?

The Nintendo NX (which we know now as Nintendo Switch) is the working title for the ninth console from the famous Japanese video games software and hardware creator. While hard facts around the console have been difficult to come by at this stage, a combination of high-profile leaks and official statements has begun to paint a picture of what we can expect. For Australian gamers, here is what we know thus far – please note, this page will be continually updated until release.

Nintendo NX Australian Release Date.

The Nintendo NX is currently scheduled to release in March 2017. If Nintendo follow a similar release strategy to its previous consoles and handhelds, we can expect a staggered release through the month, with an arrival in the USA in the middle of March, and an Australian release within a two-week window following that launch.

Nintendo NX Australia Price.

At the time of this writing, no price has been announced for the Nintendo NX, with only speculation available while we wait. The big unknown this far out is the value of the Australian dollar, which is currently rebounding from a 40c fall since the launch of the Wii U. However, in order to stay competitive in a market already thriving on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, the Nintendo NX will need to remain in the vicinity of $500. We’ll confirm a price as more details emerge.

Nintendo NX Hardware Specifications

Again, this information has yet to be revealed by Nintendo, however developers across the world are already working on video games for the system using development kits – there are non-commercial versions of the Nintendo NX that provide a “thereabouts” hardware configuration in order for studios to test their games and ensure they work as desired. A number of those developers have taken to internet and leaked the specifications, so while not final, the current most agreed upon form for the Nintendo NX is below. For a full wrap-up of all the Nintendo NX rumours and their sources, check our complete guide to the Nintendo NX.

Console Name: Nintendo NX

Console Design: Looks like a modernises NES (Nintendo Entertainment System)

Power: x86 CPU (30% more powerful than Xbox One)

GPU: 50% more powerful than PS4

RAM: 12GB DDR3, (3GB for OS, 9GB for Media)

Media: Optical Discs and Digital Downloads

Ports: Ethernet, USB 3.0, HDMI 2.0

Controller: Two forms; one is a Pro controller with analogue triggers and scrollable and depressible bumpers. The other is like a combination of the Pro controller and GamePad, with a smaller screen in the middle.

Launch Games:

  • Super Mario Switch
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Confirmed)
  • NBA 2K17
  • Mario Kart
  • Splatoon
  • The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim (Nintendo Switch)

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