NINTENDO SWITCH PRESENTATION 2017 HIGHLIGHTS

Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a launch game!

Nintendo just held the long awaited Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017, which was streamed live from Tokyo. It was a presentation that aimed to, and delivered in, providing a detailed introduction to Nintendo Switch hardware and software.

There was more details on a lot of information we’ve seen before, including how the controllers work, the different ways you can play, the features of the unit and multiplayer gaming with the detachable controllers, which we now know are called Joy-Con.

Here are my personal highlights of the presentation.

Launch information

The Nintendo Switch will be available on March 3 2017 in Japan, US, Canada, Hong Kong and other territories at a suggested retail price – USD$299.99 (approx AUD$400… but we’ll probably get ripped off like we tend to always do).

They said that “generally” they will not apply region locking to Nintendo Switch software. Here’s hoping “generally” means they just won’t, but we’ll have to wait and see. This could have been just a translation difference.

As for online, you’ll be able to invite friends, set play appointments and chat online via your Smart device. Online on the Nintendo Switch will be free initially, then it will become a paid service (more info to come at a later date).

How we got here

In one of the cooler clips shown, we got to see the progression of Nintendo controllers and consoles over the years. This little part of the presentation really showed off how influential Nintendo have been in shaping the way we play today. They spoke of how the Nintendo Switch has inherited all of the past Nintendo consoles DNA. This clip isn’t yet on Nintendo’s YouTube channel, so here is Mario Kart to whet your appetite.

Hardware

Quick rundown of hardware:

  • There will be 2.5hrs to 6.5 hours battery life and you can play while charging the unit.
  • They mentioned that it has a Capacitive touch panel, but didn’t say anything about it really beyond mentioning it.
  • 8 units can be connected for local wireless play.
  • Pro controller will be available separately
  • There will be 2 versions available at launch – one with grey Joy-Cons and one with a blue and red Joy-Con, I’m guessing the different coloured ones are for those who are more interested in multiplayer gaming.
Nintendo Switch
Which will you choose?

Joy-Cons

  • The detachable controllers are called Joy-Cons and they are set in what is called a Joy-Con grip when playing off a TV.
  • Each Joy-Con has an analogue stick, each stick can be pressed like a button.
  • There is NFC on the Joy-Con controller itself.
  • There is also a capture button on the L Joy-Con to allow you to share on social media.
  • Each one allows for independent motion control
  • There are tiny small bumper buttons on each
  • They are tiny!
  • They will come in Neon blue and Neon Red
  • There will be Wii type wrist straps for each controller
  • There will be other colours sold separately
  • HD rumble in each Joy-Con. This sounds extraordinary and allows for new sensing and vibration technology.
  • Their tagline for multiplayer gaming with the two Joy-Cons is “Sharing the Joy” (it comes with two controllers right from the start).
Nintendo Switch
On the go or in the home

Games

There are over 80 games in development. The first few games particularly looked like console quality games, while others looked very much like handheld games. I know this is what a lot of people are after, but it was quite jarring going from Mario to some of the other titles.

I was very surprised by the sheer number of games shown, either in playable form, a really quick clip or just a logo.

1-2-Switch – This is a collection of minigames, including a quick draw Western style one, shaving and eating a burger (seriously). 1-2-Switch has been created to show off the features of the Joy-Con controller. It can be played without looking at the screen, you instead look into the eyes of your opponent to play the game. 1-2-Switch looks like a party game you bring with you to be played at actual parties!

Arms – Really weird looking fighting sports game where you have springs for arms and fling your punches (or other weapons) across a 3D fighting area.  You aim and fire at distance opponents by holding the Joy-Con controllers in a thumbs-up way. You move your character by tilting your controllers. Makes me wish for a podracing game with the Joy-Con controllers.

Splatoon 2 – The fun colourful competitive multiplayer game from the Wii U is getting a sequel on the Nintendo Switch. Hopefully this awesome game will have a good online presence here. This was a very cute part of the show, as it was presented by a “scientist” who has been studying the squid found in the game. Can use gyro-controllers to colour the world. Planned as a launch title. There will be stage and weapon updates down the track.

Super Mario Odyssey – Mario IRL! This looks like a fan made game (and I mean that in the best possible way). In the short trailer, there are incredibly diverse environments, cool abilities and it’s all as colourful as you’d hope. They spoke of it as a Mario sandbox world. Some of the highlights include Pimp Bowser, Mario throwing his hat, Mario riding some type of lion and real looking people in a real looking city. Holiday season later this year.

 

Travis Touchdown is back! – the actual title has not been decided yet and no footage was shown – I think there was a lot lost in translation here. What we heard did not exude confidence, but it’s Suda 51 so I’m holding out hope.

EA Sports FIFA  – Custom built FIFA for the Nintendo Switch. Because you don’t play enough FIFA already, you can now take it on the road with you! No footage shown but it sounds cool.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – MARCH 3 – IT’S A LAUNCH GAME!! Man the game world looks beautiful, the music is fantastic, the design of Link is really cool, combat looks fun and it looks like the story is quite epic. I’m not an enormous Zelda fan, but I can’t wait to play it!

Others – Some of the other games mentioned included: Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Dragon Quest 10, Dragon Quest 11,  Dragon Quest Heros 1 and 2, Project Octopath Traveller, Minecraft Story Mode, Rayman Legends, Sonic, Just Dance, Street Fighter 2, Tetris, Bomberman, Minecraft, an F-Zero type game, Mario Kart, NBA 2K17, Skyrim and more. They also showed a clip of Todd Howard gushing over the possibilities of the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch
Didn’t disappoint

The Best of the Rest

There was really cool intro music music that my 11-month old danced around to. From there it was quite formal in parts and light in others. Due to the translation being so loud, a lot of the background music was drowned out.

The now iconic “click” sound of controllers being slid into the unit was played at each transition, along with the daggy line, “Now let’s switch…” before any transition (I must say I’m a fan of daggy jokes and it would have been disappointing if they missed this terribly awesome joke).

Find out more

All the news from the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 can be found on the Nintendo website.

Check out the VERSUS PLAYER podcast over on iTunes or here on our website. We’ll be discussing the Nintendo Switch Presentation and a whole lot more on episode 7.

If you liked this, you might like to read my highlights of The PlayStation Experience or The Game Awards 2016. Send any thoughts our way in the reply box below or at podcast@versusplayer.com

Happy gaming!

Joe

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When not playing with the kids or pottering in the garden, Joe is jumping between console and PC gaming, watching anime or sci-fi, reading comics or seeking out a new addition for his R2 collection.

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