Top 5 Things to Know: The Nintendo Switch

Everything You Need to Know About the Nintendo Switch Releasing in 2017

Nintendo is the new Diva of the console market, finally releasing information on their new console the “Switch”. There has been much speculation of the new console and now we can cut out speculation and get straight to the facts. It truly is incredible to see how much hype this console is receiving which is sparking the minds of its fans in hopes to get their hands on it. Pre-orders for the switch came out today (1/13/2017) and already Amazon has needed to restock on the switch in order to supply the demand. The official release date of the Switch will be on March 3rd and everyone is very anxious to get their hands on this new innovative system. We will be tackling the top five things you need to know about the Switch (in no particular order). Keep in mind there could be some things we leave out, but we will cover the most important things to note about the Switch currently.

  • Price and Release Date

Starting off the list with some simple yet important information, the Switch will be released worldwide on March 3rd with the price tag of $300 in the U.S. The price is quite fair for a hybrid between a console and a portable electronic. As for the date, March is a little more than a month away and gives consumers enough time to save up for this revolutionary console..

  • Storage Capacity

The Switch will come with only 32 GB of internal memory. Now before you riot with torches and pitchforks, you will be able to expand the storage capacity using microSDXC cards. It's very unfortunate that the internal memory does not have a lot of storage, but this could be due to the Switch being portable.

  • Games

I'm sure by now most people are used to playing their games on disks, but the Switch is switching things up (no pun-intended) and using small game cartridges similar to the Nintendo 3DS. The Nintendo Switch will not be bundled with any games with the original purchase, therefore you will be looking for games to play at launch. Luckily there is a good assortment of titles to choose from. The list of all the games releasing at launch will be right here. Some showcased games are Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Splatoon 2. So right off the bat there are some great games to play at launch and satisfy players until more releases come out later in 2017.

  • Battery Life

Nintendo asserts that the Switch’s battery life can last over six hours, but will vary depending on the type of game you are playing. For example, a game such as Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will give you 3 hours of battery life due to the game’s need for more battery usage. The Switch utilizes a USB-C charging port, which is located at the bottom of the unit. It seems that although you have the ability to take your games on the go, players will still be resorting to TV-Mode more often. It would be nice to have more battery time and it's very easy to tell a lot of consumers will most likely be complaining about this issue.

  • Specs

The switch is made up of a 6.2-inch, 1280x720 resolution multi-touch capacitive screen. The Switch utilizes an Nvidia Tegra-based system(SOC) for its processor. The system will also support local 8-player multiplayer. In TV mode, games will be playable in 1080p but in tablet mode games will play only up to 720p. As far as audio goes, the Switch rocks two speakers located at the bottom and a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top of the device. Nintendo did a wonderful job on creating the Switch and I don’t think anyone will be complaining too much about its specs nor having difficulties running any of the games or services within the Switch.

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Julian Hernandez

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