Nintendo’s announcement also gave us plenty of details, many of which can be found on the new Switch website. Switch has already been revealed as a console system you can un-dock and play anywhere with the Joy-Con controls. Battery life will range from 2.5-6 hours, which is a sharp drop from the last handhold console, the 3DS, but this one is technically a console, after all, and, the Switch comes with an AC charger, too.
As for those Joy-Con controllers, they seem shockingly versatile. Not only can you play them attached or separate from the controller, not only can you give one to a friend and play together, but they’re also motion controllers with the Joy-Con Strap. The new rumble features are incredibly sensitive, letting you even feel what ice cubes in a glass are like. There’s also a “Capture” button, which is similar to the PS4’s “Share” button, letting you show screenshots. Video will be available “in the future.”
For you multiplayer lovers, the Switch lets up to eight consoles be connected via Wifi. No word on whether this will drain the battery faster, but it’s a fair guess that it will.
The Nintendo Switch will have a 32GB internal memory, so it’s a lot like a tablet. No word on average game file size or if expansions are possible. However, downloadable games will be available on the Nintendo e-shop, so it sounds like the darn thing will be backwards compatible with e-versions of previous games? Pleeeease?
But forget details, right? You just want to know: will Zelda: Breath of the Wild really be released on launch date or was it just trailer bait? Good news: Breath of the Wild will release on launch day, which again is March 3rd, 2017. And holy crap, the Zelda characters have VOICES! Oof, getting Zelda CDI flashbacks…
More details as they come, but so far? It seems like the Nintendo Switch will be extremely worth your time.