The Nintendo Switch now has an official release date thanks to a special presentation event held in Tokyo on Friday 13th January 2016.
Nintendo Switch will launch across the globe on Friday 3rd March with an RRP of 29,980 yen in Japan and $299 in the USA with the European price yet to be officially announced although Nintendo are currently offering UK pre-orders for £279,99.
Information for battery life was also mentioned with the Nintendo Switch expected to run for somewhere between 2.5 – 6 hours depending on the game being played, while Nintendo also touched on online functionality which will be free for a number of months before moving to a paid service similar to what is currently being offered with PS4 and Xbox One.
Nintendo also took time during the presentation to show off a number of titles heading to the Nintendo Switch including the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. Third party developers were also in attendance at the event with Bethesda confirming Skyrim’s arrival on the Nintendo Switch while EA announced FIFA was also in development for the console.
Included in the launch bundle alongside the console will be the Nintendo Switch dock, an HDMI cable, left and right Joy-Con controllers, two Joy-Con wrist straps, a Joy-Con grip and an AC adapter. Nintendo is also offering different colour options for the Joy-Con remotes with gamers able to choose between two grey Joy-Con or picking up neon blue and neon red Joy-Con.
Amiibo support was also confirmed for the upcoming device, and news which I’m sure which will be welcomed by the gaming community was the announcement that there will be no region locking for the Nintendo Switch.