(Update 11/14 1:20pm): According to reports, Toys R Us Canada has leaked the price of Nintendo’s upcoming Switch console at $329.99 CAD (screenshot below). That’s about $245 USD or so, although there is no official word from Nintendo. That puts the console in at a fairly competitive price range compared to Sony and Microsoft boxes, but has some worried about the Switch’s internal horsepower.
Well all of the rumors of a hybrid portable/home console appear to be true. Nintendo has now released the very first trailer for its upcoming new console known as Nintendo Switch, previously codenamed NX. Thanks to a modular design of the new controllers and base station, gamers will be able to switch from the couch to the road in no time at all. It is basically a mobile console with a TV dock for playing at home and a cartridge based system similar to the 3DS.
Head below for the initial launch trailer along with some new gameplay footage from the world’s most anticipated game ever: Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild (currently $47.99 shipped for Prime members).
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Introducing Nintendo Switch! In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose.
The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.
More details from Nintendo:
REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In an introductory video released today (http://www.nintendo.com/switch), Nintendo provided the first glimpse of its new home gaming system and revealed that it is called Nintendo Switch. In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.
“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like”
Tweet thisAt home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. It brings the full home gaming system experience with you to the park, on an airplane, in a car, or to a friend’s apartment.
Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.
“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”
Developers can design their games supporting a variety of play styles, which gives gamers the freedom to choose an experience that best suits them. Some of the publishers, developers and middleware partners announcing support for Nintendo Switch are as follows:
|• 505 Games||• LEVEL-5 Inc.|
|• Activision Publishing, Inc.||• Marvelous Inc.|
|• ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co., Ltd.||• Maximum Games, LLC|
|• ATLUS CO., LTD.||• Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.|
|• Audiokinetic Inc.||• Parity Bit Inc.|
|• Autodesk, Inc.||• PlatinumGames Inc.|
|• BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.||• RAD Game Tools, Inc.|
|• Bethesda||• RecoChoku Co., Ltd.|
|• CAPCOM CO., LTD.||• SEGA Games Co., Ltd.|
|• Codemasters®||• Silicon Studio Corporation|
|• CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.||• Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.|
|• DeNA Co., Ltd.||• SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.|
|• Electronic Arts||• Starbreeze Studios|
|• Epic Games Inc.||• Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.|
|• Firelight Technologies||• Telltale Games|
|• FromSoftware, Inc.||• THQ Nordic|
|• Frozenbyte||• Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.|
|• GameTrust||• TT Games|
• GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC.
|• Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc.||• Ubitus Inc.|
|• HAMSTER Corporation||• Unity Technologies, Inc.|
|• Havok||• Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment|
|• INTI CREATES CO., LTD.||• Web Technology Corp|
|• KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.|
|• Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.|
Today’s video incorporated short glimpses of representative gameplay to demonstrate the liberating nature of the Nintendo Switch home gaming system. Full game demonstrations, the list of launch window titles, as well as launch date, price, product configuration and related specifics, will be shown and announced prior to the March launch.