At long last, Nintendo has taken the wraps off its new NX games console. We now know the Nintendo NX will be called the switch, and this article contains everything you need to know about the console ahead of its launch both official details and rumors. Here’s the Nintendo switch price, UK released date, games and specs.
When is the Nintendo Switch release date?
Nintendo Switch UK release date: 3 March 2017
During the Nintendo Switch Presentation on 13 January 2017, Nintendo announced that the Nintendo Switch would become available on 3 March 2017, sticking to the claimed March 2017 release date.
Pre-orders went live soon after the announcement, and the Nintendo Switch is now available to buy from Nintendo and other retailers in the UK.
The console actually sold 80,000 units in its first weekend on sale in the UK, which is a pretty solid start for Nintendo.
That’s double the 40,000 Wii us sold in the equivalent weekend, but a bit below the 3DS and Xbox One, and way behind the PS4. Still, it’s a capable launch, and according to one retailer: “Nintendo is back.”
The Switch has done even better across the Pond. According to New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield, from an unpublished interview with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, “Fri-Sat sales for Nintendo Switch exceeded first 2-day sales in Americas for any system in Nintendo history.
Next biggest was Wii.” Zelda was also a hit, suitable the biggest launch title in the company’s history, excluding pack-in games like Wii Sports.
That’s mostly impressive since the Switch came out in March, compared to the Wii’s Christmas-friendly November launch. Still, it’s no security of long-term success, so we’ll have to see if the Switch can maintain its energy.
The first-week sales global amount to more than 1.5 million, according to GamesIndustry.biz – critically remarkable stuff, Nintendo. And that success has already artificial Nintendo’s plans going forward.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Nintendo has doubled its production plans for the financial year starting April 2017, now aiming to produce 16 million Switch consoles, compared to original plans for 8 million.
That alone would be more than the 13.5 million Wii U consoles sold to date, and doesn’t even count the 2-2.5 million Switches Nintendo has produced and shipped already.
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Where should I buy Nintendo Switch?
The Nintendo switch currently retails for $279.99 – a little more than many UK fans were hopeful for, after rumors it could as little as $200. By contrast, the switch will cost $299.99 in the US.
That price will get you the main switch console, along with a dock, a pair of joy-Con controllers, a joy con grip, wrist straps, and an HDMI cable and AC adapter.
If you want to buy in the UK, you have a few options, though not much in the way of opposed prices. And you should note that stock is quickly selling out, so you must act faster rather than later if you want to get your hands on one.
After initially selling out, Amazon is now once again offering the console in grey or red and blue for £279.99, while Game is offering it in either grey or red and blue at the same price. ShopTo advises a warning about current stock levels, and we’d imagine it is the same story for Tesco and Zavvi.
There aren’t any official bundles at the moment, but there are two versions of the console to choose from, though the only difference is the colour of the Joy-Con controllers. One set comes with two grey controllers, while the other comes with one in red and the other in blue.
Accomplice prices have also been exposed, and they seem quite steep. A new pair of Joy-Con controllers will set you back £74.99, while the individual controllers are £43 each. They’re available in grey, blue, or red.
The Pro Controller, which looks much more like a predictable gamepad, is £64.99. You can also buy new wrist straps for the Joy-Cons, and they’re a more budget-friendly £4.99 each.
What are the specifications and features?
One of the first things to tackle is that the Switch both a home console and a handheld device at the same time. It’s a hybrid of sorts which is an evolution of the Wii U’s Gamepad. See also: Nintendo Switch vs Wii U review.
It might be helpful to think of the Nintendo Switch like the Nvidia Shield tablet. It’s a tablet device which appears to contain all the hardware which has a docking station which then plugs into your TV – this is how it switches from being a traditional home console to handheld.
“In addition to providing single-player 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,” said Nintendo.
- Custom Nvidia Tegra CPU
- Nvidia GPU
- 6.2in LCD touchscreen, 1280×720
- Video output up to 1080p 60fps via dock
- 32GB storage
- Micro-SDXC card slot
- USB-C for charging and dock connection
- 11ac Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.1
- Stereo speakers
- Headphone jack
- Game card slot (Switch games only)
- Accelerometer, gyroscope, brightness sensor
- 4310mAh non-removable battery
- Up to 3 hours gaming, more than 6 for other usage
- 3 hour charging time
- 102mm x 239mm x 13.9mm (with Joy-Cons attached)
- 297g (398g with Joy-Cons)
At long last, Nintendo has taken the wraps off its new NX games console.
We now know the Nintendo NX will be called the Switch, and this article contains everything you need to know about the console ahead of its launch – both official details and rumours.