Nintendo reveals Switch launch date, pricing, and initial line-up


— 11:30 AM on January 13, 2017

We knew a few things about Nintendo's upcoming Switch hybrid home-handheld hybrid console after the first reveal back in October, and the rumor mill speculated on additional things like screen resolution and details on the Nvidia-sourced SoC. Yesterday, the house that Mario built offered more details about the Switch, including a release date, a list of launch titles, and pricing for the system and its first-party accessories.

Nintendo will launch the Switch worldwide on March 3. The base system includes the Switch tablet console, a left-right pair of detachable Joy-Con controllers, wrist straps for each of those pieces, grips to link the pair of Joy-Cons into a single handheld controller, and the requisite AC adapter and HDMI cable. The 6.2" built-in screen has a resolution of 1280x720, as the rumor mill predicted.

The Mario-maker says that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and display-less party game 1-2 Switch will be available on launch day. Has-Been Heroes, I Am Setsuna, Just Dance 2017, Skylanders: Imaginators, Snipperclips, and Super Bomberman R are expected before the end of March. Meanwhile, Super Mario Odyssey is scheduled for a holiday 2017 release. Nintendo says that 1-2 Switch, Snipperclips, and Zelda: Breath of the Wild are Switch-exclusive titles.

The company adds that 80 titles are in development, from a range of in-house and third-party development studios. Fans of imported games will be delighted to learn that the Switch will have no region-locking, too.

The Switch console package will cost $300 when it launches on March 3, and it can be preordered right away. Buyers interested in connecting it to multiple televisions and playing multiplayer games may want to consider buying two consoles, as the dock will sell for $90, matched pairs of Joy-Cons will cost $80, and individual Joy-Cons will command $50. The more conventional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller will set buyers back $70.

If you're following along, assuming one intends to purchase an extra dock and pair of Joy-Cons, the second console would then cost only an additional $130. Nintendo has all the information about the console and first-party accessories for your perusal here.

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