After the disappointment of the Wii U, like so many Nintendo fans I was itching to see what Nintendo could offer with their latest console. Codenamed the NX but finally announced to be the Nintendo Switch, many are left asking if this will be Nintendo’s long-awaited game-changer.
Rumoured to be released sometime in March 2017, the Nintendo Switch is pegged to be the next big gaming console to shake up the market. Details are still pretty sketchy, but here’s the lowdown on the latest rumours in the lead up to the launch of the Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo Switch Specs
Here the main rumours whirling around online so far:
- According to Eurogamer, the main screen specs are 6.2”, 720p and 10-point multi-touch capacitive tech – a vast improvement on the Wii U’s single touch resistive screen.
- Word on the street is that the Nintendo Switch will house a custom Nvidia Tegra processor (if the chip’s anything like current Tegra chips, like those found on the Nvidia Shield products, we’re in for some serious power from the Nintendo Switch!)
- The console has a game cartridge much like the 3DS, however, Nintendo says the games, unfortunately won’t be compatible across devices – a bit of a blow for those who’ve already invested in an impressive collection of games with their Nintendo 3DS.
The trailer for the Nintendo Switch alone shows a unique piece of tech, keeping in line with Nintendo’s innovative thinking on its devices. There are so many different ways to play – docked and plugged into the TV, on-the-go like a DS, and even multiplayer with friends.
Two detachable Joy-Cons™ (the controllers) can be joined with a Joy-Con™ Grip for at home single player gaming. The Joy-Cons™ can be attached either side of the console for on-the-go single players or detached and split for multiplayer mode. With two consoles and four Joy-Cons™, gaming can be up to four players. This versatility means the Nintendo Switch may be a home console first, but it’s designed to fit your lifestyle regardless of whether you’re commuting, hopping over to a friend’s place, or settling on the couch for a few hours.
There have been a few price rumours flying around, the latest being that the base model will be around $330 in Canadian dollars (that’s about $327 Aussie dollars) according to a now deleted Toys 'R' Us Canadian web page. This would include the console and controllers, which is pretty close to the price of the Nintendo 3DS in 2011. For $420 you may also be able to get your hands on a Switch package with more internal storage and a game.
There are currently around 20 games rumoured for the Nintendo Switch, including:
- Cube Life: Island Survival HD
- Dragon Quest X
- Dragon Quest XI
- Dungeon of Zaar
- Just Dance 2017
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
- Untitled Nobunaga's Ambition game
- Project Sonic 2017
- Untitled Pokémon game
- RISE: Race The Future
- Sunu Ikkibu: Din Nahu
- Tank it!
- Untitled Super Mario game
- Mario Kart 9
- NBA 2K17
- The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim HD
- Monster Hunter
Release dates for Australia are not confirmed for the games, but it’s a pretty promising list already. Loads of publishers are getting on board with the Nintendo Switch, so it’s looking likely that some seriously awesome games will be available. Latest reports suggest that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild may no longer be available for launch, so we may be waiting for a little longer for this highly anticipated title, but there’ll be some other goodies to tide us over in the meanwhile.
We’re still being drip-fed specific details around the Nintendo Switch and its upcoming release, so it’s unlikely that we’ll get more details before January 2017. Before the Nintendo Switch does come out, do make sure you take a look online and find yourself a data-only plan that’ll stack up to your gaming. Check out our no lock-in contract data plans which run off the Optus 4G Plus network and start at $9.90 every month.
Got your eyes on the Nintendo Switch? Let me know in the comments what feature you’re crossing your fingers and toes to see.