Nintendo held two major presentations within 12 hours of each other. The Nintendo Switch Presentation will reveal more detailed information about the console while Nintendo of America’s Treehouse Live will presumably offer in depth information about upcoming games. In case you are unfamiliar with the upcoming Nintendo Switch, here is Nintendo’s announcement trailer:
***This post will be updated as new information is confirmed throughout the Nintendo Switch Presentation and Nintendo of America’s Treehouse Presentation.
Presentation times and how to watch:
The Nintendo Switch Presentation is on Thursday, January 12th and begins at 10:00 P.M. CST and broadcasts simultaneously around the world.
Nintendo Treehouse Live is on Friday, January 13th.
Nintendo Switch Presentation (presentation starts at 33:07).
Known & Rumored Information:
Initial Nintendo Press Release (10.20.16)- https://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/detail/first-look-at-nintendos-new-home-gaming-system
Release Date- March 3, 2017.
List Price- $299.99.
Included Hardware- Switch with stand, Switch dock, Joy-Con grip, Joy-Con controllers, Joy-Con wrist straps, related cables.
Storage- The Switch comes with 32 GB of on board memory. It is expandable via Micro SDXC card. With that small of a storage option, physical game cards will become a necessity for bigger games (Zelda, Skyrim, etc.).
Controller- Detachable Joy-Con controllers, Joy- Con Grip, and the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. Prices are pretty high for extra controllers. A set of Joy-Cons will cost $80 and a pro controller costs $70.
Online Play- Nintendo will be launching a subscription service to unlock online play. The service will be free until fall 2017 when it switches to a paid program. Subscribers will also get a NES or SNES game every month that will include online multiplayer for SNES titles. On a stranger note, the presentation specifically mentioned that online communication will be handled by a smart device app.
Region Free- The Switch will be a region free system. All switch cards will work in all systems. Moving or Traveling abroad? No problem. Want to buy an import game from Japan? Go ahead. This probably won’t have a huge effect on the average U.S. gamer, but if you live in a non U.S. market with limited game availability, importing will be a much simpler process.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: The long awaited new Zelda title that will also release on Wii U.
1-2 Switch: This is a new game “made possible by the Joy-Con controllers.” It looks ridiculous and fantastic. It looks like the Switch version of Wii sport – collective, 1 v 1 mini games based on Joy-Con controls. The mobility of this party game is smart. Releases March 3 (same day as console launch).
Known Games Releasing in 2017-
—ARMS: Another new game for the Switch. Crazy arms, bright neon colors…it’s an absurdly fun looking boxing game! It’s like Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots in video game form. Both people have 2 Joy-cons, 1 in each hand, to control the arms. Spring 2017 release, no specific date yet.
—Splatoon 2: A sequel! New things include evolved weapons, new maps, and new story? You can use Joy-Con controllers and Pro controller, and can be played on both TV screen and handheld. They’ve also announced local multi-player, which we are super excited about! There will continue to be in-game events and updates post-launch. Summer 2017 release, no specific date yet.
—Super Mario Odyssey: Mario in the real world? We are all about this one. It looks like large hubs, possible open world in a variety of environments grounded in reality and total imagination. And he’s got a living hat? Holidays 2017, no specific date yet.
—Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Looks like battle mode is baaaaaaack! We are SO IN. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be out on April 28th.
—Fire Emblem Warriors: Total tease! Will presumably be in the same vein as Dynasty Warriors and Hyrule Warriors. Run around and kill tons of enemies! Peter is especially excited about this one and WANTS MORE. Will be released Holiday 2017.
–Lego City Undercover: Originally a Wii U exclusive, coming to all other consoles including the switch. No specific date given other than Spring.
–Puyo Puto Tetris: The upcoming puzzle mash up will be coming to Nintendo Switch this Spring.
–Super Bomberman R: Can’t remember the last time I played a Bomberman game, but this looks pretty cute. It will be released this March.
Announced Games (no specific date)-
—Skyrim: Confirmed for the Switch! We love Skyrim here at Game & Read, and a mobile Skyrim is going to be AWESOME.
—Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Sequel to the 2013 JRPG.
—Unnamed Shin Megami Tensei game, possible SMT 5: Look at all those demons! They didn’t reveal much, but it looks exciting.
–Unnamed No More Heroes Sequel: Suda51 came out and said he was doing something with Travis Touchdown, so that’s cool.
–Shovel Knight: IGN reported that Shovel Knight will be available on the Switch. Not much of a surprise, but it’s a great game and worth porting to all consoles.
—FIFA: FUTBOL ON SWITCH WOOOOO. We don’t play FIFA but maybe we’ll start with the Switch. It’s a plus that the Switch is mobile, which seems to lend itself to a soccer game you can play with friends in person.
—Project Octopath Traveler: New RPG from Square Enix. We don’t know anything else at this point, but it looks cool.
Thoughts & Impressions:
1/12/17 8:30 A.M.- We are very excited to see what is revealed tonight. We’ve been following leaks and rumors for the past month and tonight will show if they’re accurate.
1/12/17 11:30 A.M.- Lego City Undercover has been confirmed for the Switch. This is the best Lego game that no one played. It was a Wii U exclusive and thankfully it will be coming to all consoles in the Spring.
1/12/17 11:10 P.M. – We are pumped to hear about the early March release date, and at the unsurprising price of $299.99. There were a ton of games that we are excited about, though we wanted more information about a few, like Mario Kart and Fire Emblem. Disappointingly we didn’t get anything about game cartridge/storage…but hopefully we’ll get further details on that soon.
1/13/17 9:30 A.M.- We have pre-ordered a Switch and we’ll be picking it up on March 3rd with the other Nintendo die hards. There are some issue we have with the system. Controllers seem exceedingly expensive ($80 for a set of Joy-Cons), but given the launch lineup we aren’t too worried about getting a bunch of controllers day 1. The game library looks very interesting with a mix of Nintendo first party and some third party support. Games vary from casual to hardcore and we are pretty excited for most of the games that were announced. On day 1 we plan on picking up Breath of the Wild and 1-2 Switch, and hopefully we’ll see some e-shop titles too.
-Peter & Erin