Nintendo has announced its new gaming console Nintendo Switch in Tokyo. It is more than just another console. The Switch is a console, a tablet, and a multiplayer tabletop gaming system all in one. The Japanese company hopes that Switch would help it recover from the poor sales of the 3DS and Wii U consoles. Priced at $299.99, Nintendo Switch will be available from March 3, 2017.
Where to pre-order Nintendo Switch?
The company has been a little vague about US pre-orders. In a tweet, Nintendo New York said a limited number of pre-orders can be placed at Nintendo World in New York City beginning January 13 at 9 a.m. Fortunately, a bunch of big brand retailers have already started taking pre-orders for the console. At this point, placing your orders online is a safer bet than trying to pre-order it at Nintendo World NYC.
You can pre-order Nintendo Switch right now by visiting:
- Target, which also offers a two-year video game hardware protection plan for $39
- Amazon, where the console is unavailable at the time of this writing
- GameStop. At GameStop, you can get up to $75 of extra credit if you trade-in your old consoles
- Best Buy
With its latest console, Nintendo promises a more interactive, immersive gaming experience, including using the controller in games that do not require you to be constantly staring at the display. Nintendo Switch will come in gray and a more colorful neon version with red and blue Joy-Con controllers.
Try out Nintendo Switch before pre-ordering
If you want to try out the new console before placing the order, Nintendo has decided to demo the Switch in:
- New York: January 13-15
- Toronto: January 27-29
- Washington, D.C.: February 10-12
- Chicago: February 17-19
- San Francisco: February 24-26
- Los Angeles: March 3-5
However, the first two days of each stop are invite-only. Your chances of trying out Nintendo Switch would be significantly higher if you show up on Sunday because it will be open to the public. Though Switch has been priced at $300, its price could shoot up if the company limits production, just like it did with the NES Classic.
What titles are coming to Nintendo Switch?
Nintendo said in a statement that online gaming services would be free for a trial period after the Switch is released. But they will become a subscription service in the fall of 2017. The Nintendo Switch package includes a console, two Joy-Con joysticks, a Joy-Con grip, two Joy-Con wrist straps, the Switch Dock, an AC adapter, and an HDMI cable. You can purchase additional Joy-Con controllers for $80.
Nintendo has partnered with more than 50 game developers including EA, Sega, Activision, Konami and Capcom to provide a wide variety of games. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be one of the launch titles. Mario Kart Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey are expected to arrive later this year. Other titles coming to Nintendo Switch include Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Fire Emblem Warriors, Project Octopath Traveler, and Dragon Quest Heroes 1 and 2.