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

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 1280×720, 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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    • deniro444
    • 3 years ago

    I personally don’t care about specs. Hardware ALONE doesn’t make a good system. If anybody can make it work, it’s Nintendo. They KNOW what to do with their systems and it’s ultimately the software that people care about. Playing an HD version of Mario kart, Smash bros. etc. ANYWHERE I want is a pretty awesome concept and I can’t wait!

    I give Nintendo a TON of respect for doing their own thing.

    • jstern
    • 3 years ago

    Seems like a smart price from a business stand point. People are going to buy the system, judging from the reaction of the players who don’t obsess so much about resolution, etc. So it would be dumb of Nintendo to sell it cheaper, and then give the scalpers profits.

    Then you consider that it has a screen, and the technology in the Joy Con. It seems fair.

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      Well, I think the 250 dollar Wii launch was a psychological price point that helped them catch lightning in a bottle, and why they haven’t been able to repeat that. 300 is ok, but if someone doesn’t have existing consoles and mostly wants the console part more than the portable, it’s also only 30 dollars from a PS4 Slim which already has a huge library and lots more announced for the next few years.

        • jstern
        • 3 years ago

        The Switch is the 3rd cheapest console launch when adjusted for inflation. Nintendo can’t just go by a system that they launched over 10 years ago.

    • POLAR
    • 3 years ago

    Kill that thing with fire!
    [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjIXwkX1e48[/url<]

    • Voldenuit
    • 3 years ago

    Also, I’m going to be p***ed if Beyond Good and Evil 2 is a Nintendo exclusive. That would be a slap in the face to all the fans who played it on Xbox, Playstation2 and PC.

    Of course, this will not be the first time Nintendo has done this, with Bayonetta 2 and ZombiU springing to mind.

    Hopefully, Ubisoft has learned that the small install base of niche platforms is not enough to sustain game sales and it’s only going to be a timed exclusive at best. And hopefully they don’t release a crippled version for other platforms like they did with Zombi(non-U).

      • superjawes
      • 3 years ago

      [i<]Bayonetta 2[/i<] only happened because Nintendo funded it...if the same happens to [i<]Beyond Good and Evil 2[/i<], maybe direct your anger elsewhere.

        • Voldenuit
        • 3 years ago

        [quote<].if the same happens to Beyond Good and Evil 2, [/quote<] BGE2 had been in development since the 2010s, and Ubi continually teased it years before the Switch (or even NX) was official. EDIT: also worth noting that sony and microsoft have funded many titles (mostly indies) that were only timed exclusives and went on to other platforms. Olli Olli, Rymdkapsel, No Man's Sky, Divekick, so other parties have done it.

          • superjawes
          • 3 years ago

          Yeah, “teased” it for years. Had Ubisoft taken development seriously, we’d have had a few sequels by now. The hard truth is that [i<]Beyond Good and Evil[/i<] was unsuccessful financially, and Ubi have had few reasons to properly support development of a sequel. Again, IF we see a repeat of what happened with [i<]Bayonetta 2[/i<], Nintendo aren't the ones to blame.

            • Voldenuit
            • 3 years ago

            IF BGE2 is a complete exclusive, then Nintendo is directly responsible, as they are the ones inserting stipulations into the contract.

            IF Ubisoft is smart, they would try to negotiate for a timed exclusive for their own good.

            IF gamers are conscientious, they would not support walled gardens.

      • krazyredboy
      • 3 years ago

      BGE2 is scheduled to be a timed exclusive. Meaning, for the first few months or however long they deem necessary, it will only be on Nintendo and then it will be put out on other consoles and PC.

      I too, have been waiting a loooooooong time for the sequel.

        • Voldenuit
        • 3 years ago

        Glad to hear it (got a source?).

        I don’t mind if first-party titles remain true exclusives, but I hate the wrangling of 3rd party IP into system exclusives.

          • krazyredboy
          • 3 years ago

          It’s still Rumor mill, but here ya go:
          [url<]http://me.ign.com/en/nintendo-switch/127973/news/rumor-beyond-good-evil-2-timed-exclusive-to-nintendo-switch[/url<] [url<]http://attackofthefanboy.com/news/rumor-beyond-good-evil-2-is-a-timed-exclusive-for-nintendo-switch/[/url<] [url<]http://www.nintendo-insider.com/2017/01/rumour-beyond-good-evil-2-is-a-nintendo-switch-timed-exclusive/[/url<]

    • tipoo
    • 3 years ago

    In looking for the piece that was most Nintendo’ed (the affinity for always doing at least one thing super weird), I think it would be this –
    “- Subscribers will get to download and play a Nintendo Entertainment System™ (NES) or Super Nintendo Entertainment System™ (Super NES) game (with newly-added online play) for free for a month.”

    Paid online, probably necessary evil at this point. But the free game is from the NES or SNES, and expires after each month?! It was bad enough this gen that the free games you collected aren’t accessible if your paid membership ends, on the 7th gen you kept them and could redownload them forever. Expiring each month is crazy town.

    • ptsant
    • 3 years ago

    The GameBoy was a great device. Cheap (at the time), easy to carry around and lots of fun. Plus, the lack of competitive alternatives at the price range.

    The Switch is sitting in an uncomfortable middle ground. For a TV, I’d rather get a Xbox/PS4, which are not that expensive. For portability, it’s not extremely portable, it’s quite expensive, probably has less games than iOS/Android and you do have to carry an extra device with you.

    Can’t say I’m thrilled. Then again, I haven’t owned any other console than the GameBoy. Curious to see how it fares.

    • PixelArmy
    • 3 years ago

    I wouldn’t underestimate ability for Mario Kart and Smash Bros. [i<]on the go[/i<], to push a large amount of sales, even if it's overpriced for the specs.

      • CuttinHobo
      • 3 years ago

      That may be, but it seems fairly likely that Mario and friends will be about all it will have going for it. Developers aren’t usually enthusiastic about porting to substantially different hardware with a small user base.

      Nintendo makes fun games and I’d like to have a new Nintendo to replace my Wii, but not at this price.

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      They banked on that for the Wii U as well. That strategy seems equal parts swings and misses right now.

        • Krogoth
        • 3 years ago

        Wii U’s biggest problem was that masses though it was an “accessory” to the classic Wii instead of being another console.

        It didn’t help that most of the peripherals were insanely expensive and somewhat fragile.

          • tipoo
          • 3 years ago

          And that the Wii launched at 250 dollars, the Wii U was only 50 cheaper than the PS4/XBO.

        • PixelArmy
        • 3 years ago

        The Wii U was not a portable system, which was what I was emphasizing with “on the go”.
        People love these games (mention a Wii and see how quickly the conversation turns to those games). The Switch simplifies getting a local multiplayer game going. Though I think it is overpriced, it’s still within reason for people who pay for convenience.

    • JalaleenRumi
    • 3 years ago

    Wow the comments are very disheartening. People really don’t like it, it seems, and that too before its launch. I suggest we wait a little longer and let it come to the market and get it, try it and then rate it.

    This attitude of ours is the reason most companies don’t even try being ‘innovative’ anymore. No more how silly or under spec’d the device may be, it is innovation. No other major console maker has the guts to try such a thing. They are too worried about losing, so they will never get their hands dirty and try something new, something risky.

    So I say, guys, even if you don’t like it and think the device is expensive or under-spec’d, I suggest you give them the benefit of the doubt till at least it’s released. It is just unfair to bash them before you have the device in hand. Maybe, even with all the shortcomings, just may be people will love the idea and love playing on the device? Let’s see.

      • Noinoi
      • 3 years ago

      Part of it might have something to do with unrealistic expectations, too. I’ve been viewing various online comment threads elsewhere, and while most of them are relatively sane, with either praise or good criticism at parts that aren’t quite up to snuff, there are also the kind of people that just wants Nintendo to make a PS4. In a tablet. That’s a bit extreme, but you get the idea.

      • Kretschmer
      • 3 years ago

      This is exactly what people said about the Wii U. If a product sounds sub-par, it often is.

        • GrimDanfango
        • 3 years ago

        I’d say the vibe was substantially different for the Wii U. Pretty much the universal response to the Wii U was “…err… what the?!…”
        Whereas the general vibe for the Switch seems to be “Hey, that actually seems surprisingly cool!”, except from tech enthusiasts, who will almost inevitably always tear any new console to pieces because of their middling specs, and that goes double for Nintendo, who rarely care to even make theirs middling.

        I reckon the Switch is going to do well enough to surprise some people.

          • HisDivineOrder
          • 3 years ago

          I disagree. Most of the consensus seems to be focused not on the technical aspects but on the gaming aspects. Whereas with Nintendo as of late (Wii, Wii U, 3DS) there has been this anti-Nintendo-because-where’s-the-high-end-tech? argument, everything I was reading about Switch was exactly the opposite.

          People look at the tech and say, “Hey, yeah, that’s neat.” Then they look at the pricing of games, the number of games available anywhere near launch, the stunning lack of massive Ubisoft support (present in every prior Nintendo launch) or any third party of note (every third party seems to be releasing one port from last year or older to gauge interest), the prevalence of Wii U ports (priced higher than their older Wii U counterparts were) as the system’s big games for all of 2016, Mario coming in Holiday 2016, a NES/SNES monthly rental being the only game included with the monthly online fees, the egregious cost of the peripherals, the inclusion of gimmicky Wiimote-like functionality on the absurdly named Joycons, the constant overuse of the “Switch over” and “Share the joy” phrasing, and lastly the actual storage being included on the device.

          The latter is really the only technical aspect being considered and far less than the preceding problems. That’s the shame. They did JUST enough to skip past technical shortcomings, but fell afoul of everything else they should have known by now and gotten right. Moreover, how could they get all these things wrong when they spent the last year and a half basically serving reheated leftovers instead of new games for Wii U? Even after delaying Zelda on Wii U (what a reward for their most loyal fanboys!) from Holiday 2016, all they have is… Zelda on Wii U reheated on Switch to show for Switch.

          That’s what most people are saying that I’m seeing.

      • slowriot
      • 3 years ago

      I think TR’s general audience is almost at a polar opposite of the Switch intended market.

      • Voldenuit
      • 3 years ago

      *cough* It doesn’t seem developers are too excited for it, either.

      [url<]http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/gdc-state-of-the-industry-2017/[/url<]

      • bfar
      • 3 years ago

      I happen to think its a great device, but the pricing means success will probably have to wait until economies of scale kick in.

      • TEAMSWITCHER
      • 3 years ago

      I don’t subscribe to other people’s opinions on Nintendo products. Most of the people here probably think Titanfall, Battlefront, an Skyrim was a kick-ass gaming experience… I refer to them as – TOTAL SHIT FOR $60!!

      • kamikaziechameleon
      • 3 years ago

      Some of us have been burned increasing amounts as we’ve invested in nintendo. They’re core franchises are simply behind the tech curve and then they just keep reselling us classic titles and reskins.

      The only wii u game I liked was smash brothers. Rest was just boring.

    • CuttinHobo
    • 3 years ago

    It seems expensive all around for what it is. Same price as PS4 or XBO bundles? The games are just as expensive as well at $60. The ‘Joy-Cons’ cost $20 *more* than Sony/MS controllers. If Nintendo is hoping parents will be handing these out to their kids to pack around all day like a 3DS, I think they’re mistaken at this price point.

    On the subject of being a kid’s device – it appears Nintendo is offering all the pieces separately except for the console portion – that can only be purchased in the full bundle. So when it eventually slips (or is knocked) out of your kid’s hands there isn’t, say, a $130 replacement option. Either you’re in for another $300, or your kid is out of luck.

    • ozzuneoj
    • 3 years ago

    Unless this has some big surprises left, I see almost no reason to own one. For $300, there’s just no way its going to sell well.

    People were excited to hear that it’d use cartridges again for the nostalgia factor, but in the end they look just like DS games, minus any hope of compatibility with those. If this thing could also play DS and 3DS games, I think that’d be enough to make it at least somewhat interesting…

    • albundy
    • 3 years ago

    yeah but will it be fun? still rockin my 1989 gamboy. Castlevania – Belmont’s Revenge FTW! back in the day, green dots were fun. [url<]https://youtu.be/JqQNp6vwaJE?t=43m22s[/url<]

    • mkk
    • 3 years ago

    It wants to be so much it cant do well. Like putting a 6 inch display on a table to lean back with the control in your hand, and maybe even share the screen that way. Ha.

    Then who makes a quality 720p screen anymore? It’s likely to be lifted off some low budget phone. And despite the diminutive size and low resolution the customer does not get good battery life. The suspectedly power hungry Tegra still wasn’t enough to make the demo of the next Zelda game run very smooth.

    What’s it good at? Well it will have some exclusive titles. There it is. Possibly all there is.

    Oh, they should sell well in Japan where handheld non-phone gaming is still sought after. But if Nintendo wants to make it a cash cow, maybe better keep it in Japan. Or keep the international marketing at an unlikely meager level.

    • Vrock
    • 3 years ago

    The gimmick can’t carry the console anymore, Nintendo. And the launch line up stinks. Also, $300? Lol.

    Sega is out of the console business, yet Nintendo keeps churning out silly machines like this. It’s just not fair.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      Totally agreed. The original Xbox certainly seemed to carry that torch, especially since so many Sega games made their way onto that system. Ever since the Sammy acquisition, though, Sega is a shell of its former glorious self. I still have a Dreamcast along with a huge pile of games I got at a Shopko store-closing liquidation not long after Sega announced its exit. With the VGA cable running to an older LCD TV, the graphics still look pretty darn good and it’s still a ton of fun.

      • Krogoth
      • 3 years ago

      Sega was never huge to begin with and has been a runner-up against Nintendo throughout the 1980s. Their own major hit was the Megadrive a.k.a Sega Genesis in NA.

      Sega was finished as soon as Saturn flopped outside its domestic market. Sony completely stole all of Sega’s marketshare with PS1 and PS2.

      To be honest though, the “traditional” gaming console market as we know it will become another niche in the next decade or so. Mobile gaming platforms are taking over the casual space. The Nintendo Switch is really just an last-ditch effort at trying to fighting this off. It was never meant to go up against the Xbox One/PS4.

        • kamikaziechameleon
        • 3 years ago

        There will always be a core gamer market worth courting, confusing that with casual as if indie games on the xbox and on your phone are actually similar… its a misnomer.

        VR might replace consoles… but phones will only facilitate that as much as they support the VR revolution.

    • yogibbear
    • 3 years ago

    Over priced, under specc’d, lacking games. GREAT LAUNCH Nintentards.

    • Billstevens
    • 3 years ago

    Looking at it a bit more I find the control design, with the attachable motion controls intriguing.

    The things that give me hope this could be acctually a really compelling gaming device are,

    USB-C charging, so I can play on a plane or on a trip, and just used one of my portable battery packs to charge it up for more game time.

    Expandable micro sd storage. A feature sorely missing in even major tablets. This may be the first gaming tablet worth owning.

    The only downside I see is that stupid overpriced dock being needed to play on a TV. Seems like considering HDMI or wireless streaming to the TV would have been cheaper and far simpler for the user.

    • jts888
    • 3 years ago

    I’d rather pay $50 less for a variant without “HD” rumble, controller cameras, etc., but I’m a sucker for Zelda, and BotW looks great, so there goes my money anyway I guess.

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      Hoping used Wii U prices tank so I can get one just for BoTW.

      • Magic Hate Ball
      • 3 years ago

      HD Rumble is the kind of feature you can’t tell if you’ll appreciate until it’s actually in your hands.

      I find it funny that they complain about the price when it’s only $100 more expensive than their handheld device that’s much slower and smaller, not to mention lacking in features.

        • tipoo
        • 3 years ago

        Eh, it doesn’t live in a vacuum. ‘only’ 100 dollars more also means it’s only 39 dollars from a PS4 Slim bundle, with an incredibly diverse and fleshed out library already with a lot more planned for the next two years.

    • tipoo
    • 3 years ago

    Paid online seems like a necessary evil to make their network not suck in the future, but…One free game a month, and it’s a NES/SNES game, and it expires each month?

    They always have to do a few things super weird and backward. It was bad enough that on the current gen twins, the free games you accumulate are only playable while you’re paying for online. Expiring each month is insane.

    • Stochastic
    • 3 years ago

    It’s hard not to be disappointed by the Switch so far, although I can’t say I’m surprised. Weak launch lineup, somewhat high price, outdated specs, only 32GB of internal storage, subscription rather than free online service, probably a middle-of-the road display (relative to Apple or Samsung devices), expensive accessories and games, and poor battery life. Honestly, I don’t know why Nintendo didn’t delay the release to Fall of 2017. They could have shipped a system with Pascal rather than Maxwell (this would help both performance and battery life) and had a stronger launch lineup. To be fair, I’m clearly not Nintendo’s target audience.

    At least the controllers seem decent.

      • watzupken
      • 3 years ago

      Poor battery life is expected considering that the Tegra chip in there never made it any tablet device except for Nvidia’s Shield TV.

      However, the price is a point of concern for this device for sure. Everything is costly, right down to some retro games like Street Fighter that they are charging USD 40 bucks… I think I am better of playing it on an emulator.

        • renz496
        • 3 years ago

        right now we don’t even know if the chip used inside is exactly the same as one use in shield TV. but battery life is about the same as their 3DS. so i think it’s decent when it comes to that.

      • renz496
      • 3 years ago

      i think it is not about the latest spec. it seems nintendo want to put their 3DS and wii u development under one roof. switch is more like 3DS replacement. but they also want the unit to have home console performance so it can run games that develop on wii u on the unit. but when speaking of “home console” it is not about how it fare against PS4 or even xbox one. it is their home console: the wii U itself. i think that’s how we end up with switch

        • Stochastic
        • 3 years ago

        It seems way too large to be a proper 3DS replacement, plus the console and its games are considerably more expensive. I think the concept is fine, but the execution so far leaves something to be desired IMO.

        My biggest issue with the device, aside from using an outdated SoC that will limit third-party porting of games, is that it’s limited to only 32GB of internal storage. This basically means you’ll have to buy all your games as physical media. Digital downloads are indispensable for me in 2017, so it’s a shame the Switch will effectively lack this capability.

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      20nm was an awfully leaky fab too. Wish they went with 16nm FF, which also means Cortex A72 would already be on that, rather than the Cortex A57s they went for. If it costs more, lose the ‘hd rumble’ or something.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 3 years ago

    Whats this mean ( from the online service page)

    [quote<]Subscribers will get to download and play a Nintendo Entertainment System™ (NES) or Super Nintendo Entertainment System™ (Super NES) game (with newly-added online play) for free for a month.[/quote<] Just one? Or each month I can choose one to play for that month? Or do they choose one title that anyone can play that month?

      • Voldenuit
      • 3 years ago

      From comments I’ve read online, it seems to be the latter.

      i.e. You pay Nintendo a monthly subscription and they graciously choose one title for you that you get to play for that 30-day period. All hail our benevolent overlords.

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        Wait what – One free NES/SNES game a month?

        Surely at that point you’d go down [url=https://www.amazon.com/Sega-Genesis-Classic-Game-Console-2016/dp/B01KV6E72O<]this sort of route[/url<] where you can have dozens of games forever with no stupid subscription terms... Nintendo haven't said what their subscription will cost but take their own Nintendo Classic as an example, that's $2 a game and you get 30 up front with no limits on which one you play.

    • EndlessWaves
    • 3 years ago

    I’m not sure about the available colour schemes. Those red/blue controller seem to be just the wrong shade and the grey isn’t very exciting.

    It’s nice to have everything in the box though.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 3 years ago

    Maybe a buy at $250 w/ a game bundled, the tech in the thing does not warrant the current price.

    [quote<]matched pairs of Joy-Cons will cost $80, and individual Joy-Cons will command $50[/quote<] I thought the modular controller format was supposed to make them cheaper?

      • DZDragonLord
      • 3 years ago

      There’s quite a bit of tech to warrant selling it at $300 the controllers alone are packed with various sensors, hd rumble, and an ir camera. But you aren’t just getting a home console you are getting a handheld console too. Nintendo doesn’t like to sell consoles at a loss. I do agree with wanting a game packaged in with it though.

        • Voldenuit
        • 3 years ago

        Nintendo aren’t selling it in a vacuum. Xbone S is $249 and PS4 is $299. Nintendo die-hards are going to buy it regardless, but if they want to grow their market, they need to compete.

        Someone online summed up Nintendo’s attitude succintly:
        [quote<]Hi. This is Nintendo, and this is what we want you to buy. NO QUESTIONS.[/quote<] It's worked for them before (Wii, 3DS), but let's see how far it gets them this time *cough*WiiU*cough*

          • superjawes
          • 3 years ago

          Do the XBOne S and PS4 come in tablet versions?

            • Voldenuit
            • 3 years ago

            Might as well ask if the Switch lets you play Blu-Ray (PS4, XBone) or UHD Blu-Ray (Xbone S).

            Nintendo desperately needs to grow their console market share if they want to stay relevant, and I don’t think the Switch by itself is going to be enough. The die-hard Nintendo fanboys will buy it just for Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but I don’t think homeostasis is going to be enough, not for Nintendo, and not for any third-party publishers wanting to support the platform.

            • renz496
            • 3 years ago

            but did nintendo even intend to dug it out with MS and sony in the first place? when they say they will not going to enter spec war with MS and sony that is a clear indication that they intend to serve different audience.

            • kc77
            • 3 years ago

            The Switch doesn’t have PS4 level graphics nor does it have 500GB of storage. The comparison is comical. It’s likely more like PS3 level in the graphic department and most tablets you can buy today can easily reach those performance levels for the same price. Further more a simple $24 cable will let you connect most tablets to a TV. So even when you include the dock you are talking about something that’s really overpriced for the gimmick of connecting controllers to a tablet. [url=http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/331502173587?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_noapp=true<]There are even tablet cases that do that for less.[/url<]

            • renz496
            • 3 years ago

            our tablet can be more powerful but they lack “true” content to be dedicated gaming device. how many triple A games can we expect on android and iOS? nvidia for example did try to push for more premium gaming experience on android but so far the result that they desire is not there. android itself has been supporting OpenGL ES 3.0 since 4.3 but how many game actually take advantage of that? most developer still sticking with OpenGL ES 2.0 because they want their game to be compatible with majority of device out there. people getting excited when android get the latest OpenGL ES and Vulkan support but from what i can see it might not really going to change things much because most game developer on that platform probably did not really care to take advantage all of that. iOS seems a bit better but we still did not see any line up that can truly rival dedicated console selection when it comes to premium games.

        • lilbuddhaman
        • 3 years ago

        sensors cost nothing these days, “hd rumble” is a buzzword, IR cameras also cost nothing, The chipset is last gen mobile tech, the screen is low resolution (1280×720 on 6.2in). I’m absolutely certain it will drop to $250 by christmas, and if it bombs, maybe lower.

        What they should have done was sell a non-portable non-screen version that I can hook up to my TV for $150, and enjoy me actually buying some of their games. At this price point, I’m just not going to buy it at all.

        On a completely unrelated note, the Wii-U emulation scene is looking really good right now.

        • tipoo
        • 3 years ago

        HD rumble is a linear actuator. Think Taptic Engine, with yet another cutesy name. It doesn’t cost that much.

      • curtisb
      • 3 years ago

      Oh don’t worry, all the eBay’ers will have their purchase bots gobble them up almost immediately upon release and you’ll only be able to find them for $600. Nintendo will grossly underestimate how many people will want them (on purpose) at release and won’t be able to bring production up fast enough. It’ll feel like a steal if you can find one for $300. They do it every release. The NES Classic is still impossible to find at retail prices…which I just find ridiculous.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 3 years ago

    That’s all very interesting, but I found a [url=http://imgur.com/gallery/oOXDJDU<]very telling image[/url<] from the event.

      • rds
      • 3 years ago

      You’re confusing Nintendo with Samsung

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        Touché.

    • DZDragonLord
    • 3 years ago

    Already preordered mine from Amazon and Best Buy. It’s a shame they didn’t bundle 1 2 Switch with it though.

      • invinciblegod
      • 3 years ago

      Expecting a shortage to resell? Probably a good bet considering the NES classic.

        • DZDragonLord
        • 3 years ago

        Not to resell I just want to make sure I can get it day one. I’ll just return the other console I don’t want or sell it to a family member. I’m expecting it to be like the Wii where stock was hard to come by for a couple months.

          • invinciblegod
          • 3 years ago

          Of course the Wii U had plenty of stock if I recall so it might not be like the NES Classic.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 3 years ago

            The NES Classic is an impulse buy that tugged at the heartstrings and nostalgia of Generation X. The Switch costs 5x as much with no software. It’s not an impulse buy, and it won’t have 30 playable titles built in.

            It’ll probably still be somewhat scarce, because there are always turds trying to flip consoles on eBay. So you might be right, but it won’t be for the same reasons.

            • DZDragonLord
            • 3 years ago

            Yeah essentially the NES Classic was a limited edition toy that Nintendo thought would provide a nice and safe boost to their bottom line to get them through the holiday season before the Switch comes out. This will be a full fledged console release where they’ll be making millions of units to meet demand.

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