Make The Switch To Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch Available March 3



The Nintendo Switch will be the first hybrid gaming system. While docked it will allow you to play on your television. Slide out the Joy-Con L and R controllers from the grip and slide them into the Switch and remove it from the dock, now you can play on the go. The Switch can also be set on a table and two players can take a controller each to play with or against each other. Using the built in Wi-Fi, eight Switch units can be connected together so eight people can play games together. Players will also be able to battle each other using motion controls thanks to the Accelerator and Gyro sensors built into the the Joy-Con controllers. The Switch will be available March 3, 2017.


The main unit has a 6.2 inch capacitive touch screen with a 720 resolution (when docked, it outputs 1080 on connected TV.) The processor is powered by a Nvidia Tegra system on a chip. Two speakers are built into the bottom with a 3.5mm headphone jack on top. Storage consists of 32G on board storage. Additional storage can be added using the microSD port which supports microSDXC cards (Nintendo Treehouse used a 256 storage card).

Games will be on small cartridges (most likely using SD technology which can have much higher capacity) instead of discs. It’s not clear yet whether the games will run directly off the cards like cartridges of the past or have to be installed like current disc based games (hopefully it’s the former so you can play your game as soon as you put the card in).

Battery life is anywhere from 2 ½ hours to 6 ½ hours when unplugged from the dock depending on the game. (Games like Legend of Zelda: Breath Of the Wild will use it up quicker.)



The dock will allow the Switch to connect to a TV and to charge. Extra docks will be available to use in other rooms of the house.


Joy-Con Controllers

The Left and Right Joy-Con controllers can be used together on the Switch itself or while connected to a Joy-Con Grip. When detached wrist straps can be slid onto the sides that slide into the Switch and Grip. When connected the wrist straps allow for bigger shoulder buttons. Both controllers feature an HD Rumble that allows for greater feedback than the regular Rumble (or compatible vibration systems on other consoles.)



  • On top edge Left Shoulder button and Left Z button.
  • “-” button at top (the function of this button isn’t clear yet may be game specific like inventory or game menu)
  • Analog stick that also acts as another button
  • Direction buttons
  • Button at the bottom that allows for screenshots and later on video (similar to the PS4’s Share button)
  • Two more shoulder buttons along slide rail (only usable when detached from Switch or Grip)
  • Player indicator lights along slide rail
  • SYNC button (allows it to be synced with switch unit)


  • On top edge Right Shoulder button and Right Z button.
  • “+” button at top (The same as left, it’s function not yet clear)
  • Analog stick that also acts as another button
  • A,B,X,Y buttons
  • Home button
  • Sensor that scans Amiibo figures
  • Two more shoulder buttons along slide rail (only useable when detached from Switch or Grip)
  • Player indicator lights along slide rail
  • SYNC button (allows it to be synced with switch unit)
  • Infrared Camera on bottom edge


Online Features

Online service that will connect you to other players and download games. Using an app on your Smartphone or tablet you can chat with friends and set up game times. Will start out as free and become a pay service in the fall.

Another app will allow for parental control allowing game time and even shutting off the Switch remotely. See video for more detail.


Console and Accessories


Normal Console MSRP $299.99


Console with Neon Red and Blue Joy-Con Controllers $299.99


Pro Controller MSRP $69.99


Extra Dock MSRP $89.99


Joy-Con Wheel MSRP $14.99

For full list of Nintendo’s official accessories, check



While Dragonquest X and XI and Dragonquest Heroes I and II was mentioned, no info about that the Switch versions are available yet. Below is all the game trailers available from Nintendo’s official site (except the new Breath of the Wild that will be in an article following this one as there was a lot of new info to process.)


Mario Cart



Superbomberman Launch title

Splatoon 2

Super Mario Odyssey

Xenoblade Chronicles 2


1-2 Switch

Fireemblem Warriors


Game Release Dates

For more information on these titles go to

Launch Titles March 3

1,2,Switch (Nintendo) MSRP $49.99

Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild (Nintendo) MSRP $59.99

Master Edition $129.99

Special Edition $99.99


Super Bomberman R (Konami)


Has Been Heroes (Gametrust)

I am Setsuna (Square Enix)

Just Dance 2017 (Ubisoft)

Snipperclips – Cut it out, together! (Nintendo) $19.99


ARMS (Nintendo) $59.99

LEGO® CITY Undercover (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

Sonic Mania (SEGA)


Apr 28, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) $59.99



Splatoon 2 (Nintendo)


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® (Bethesda)



NBA 2K18 (2K Games)



Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo)



Project Sonic 2017 (SEGA)



Arcade Archives (Hamster, Co.)

Disgaea 5 Complete (NIS America)

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 (Working Title) (BANDAI NAMCO


Farming Simulator (Focus Home Interactive)

Fast RMX (Shin’en)

Fire Emblem Warriors (KOEI TECMO GAMES)

Minecraft (Mojang AB)

Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure (Telltale Games)

Puyo Puyo Tetris (SEGA)

Rayman® Legends Definitive Edition (Ubisoft)

Rime (Tequila Works / Grey Box)

Shin Megami Tensei: Brand New Title (Atlus)

Steep (Ubisoft)

Syberia 3 (Anuman Interactive)

Ultra Street Fighter II (capcom)


All Pictures copyright Nintendo.

Sources :


Gamespot (Screen size, resolution, and built in storage)



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