Nintendo has announced that the Nintendo Switch will cost Australians $469.95 when it launches on March 3.
In an email after the official presentation, Nintendo announced there would be two special Zelda: Breath of the Wild bundles available.
The first comes with the games soundtrack, an A3 poster, coin, physical map, and Master Sword figure. The second, termed the Limited Collectible bundle, has the same items sans the A3 poster.
Nintendo also revealed more details about the online infrastructure, including details about a smartphone app that would be used for messaging friends.
The console will support online Wi-Fi multiplayer gaming. Nintendo also unveiled a new online subscription service that will begin with a free trial at launch. The service includes a smart-device application available in winter 2017 that will let users invite friends to play online, set play appointments, and chat with one another as the play compatible games. The fully featured paid service will be available in spring.
Nintendo reaffirmed that the Switch would support up to 8 Switch consoles in multiplayer over Wi-Fi. They also outlined that both JoyCon controllers would ship with the HD rumble functionality, while the left JoyCon controller sports a capture button for “taking instant screenshots of gameplay”.
The release did not mention the ability to record or save gameplay on the Switch, echoing indications from the conference earlier today that the Switch would not ship with such a feature at launch.
Nintendo also outlined a range of first-party games and their localised release dates, which is as follows:
- 1-2 Switch: A series of local multiplayer party titles, 1-2 Switch would be available alongside the new Zelda on March 3.
- ARMS: a third-person brawler, ARMS will ship “this autumn”.
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: a re-release of the Wii U classic with new courses, the ability to carry two items at once, 8 player local co-op and all of the DLC, MK8 Deluxe will release on April 28.
- Splatoon 2: As announced during the presentation, Splatoon 2 will be out in the Australian winter.
- Super Mario Odyssey: The new 3D Mario, which features the ability to throw Mario’s cap and the ability to travel between worlds with Mario’s airship, is due out around the Christmas season.
- Snipperclips: A game not mentioned during the conference, Snipperclips is a solo or co-operative puzzle game that will be released on the Nintendo eShop in March.
Another thing confirmed this evening was the presence of the NBA 2K series, Minecraft, The Elder Scrolls and FIFA. The release did not mention Skyrim specifically, although the game was directly quoted by Todd Howard during the Switch presentation.
As reported before, it was also reiterated that the Switch would not be region locked, allowing consumers to import third-party titles from overseas even if they are not released in Australia. The Switch can also be charged through the USB-C slot with the provided AC Adapter; it was not outlined whether the USB-C port could be used for additional functionality, like external storage or external capture devices.
For those who buy the entire package at launch, the Switch will ship with the following: the console, left and right Joy-Con controllers, a Joy-Con grip, a set of wrist straps, a Switch dock, AC adapter and a HDMI cable.
You can also see every other game announced during today’s Switch presentation, from Nintendo’s first-party developers and the third-party offerings, in our round-up.