Nintendo Switch will be priced at $299; launches worldwide this March 3

Written by: Stef Atega

Tech | Jan 14, 2017

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Nintendo finally revealed more detailed information about their newest home console during the recently held Nintendo Switch Presentation. As you've already seen, the Switch will function both as a console and as a handheld device. But the one question on all our minds was: "How the hell does it work?"

Let's talk about the actual system first. The Nintendo Switch comes in two versions: one which features the standard grey Joy-Con controllers, and the other which has one blue and one red controller (more on the controllers in a bit). Both versions are priced at $299.99.

So we have the main console and the controllers, but the package also includes a Joy-Con grip to which the two controllers can be attached in order to make it one controller. There are wrist straps and there's the dock, which holds the main console and connects it to your TV. Also included are an HDMI cable and an AC adapter.

There are different features that are built into each Joy-Con. The left Joy-Con has a capture button that lets you take screenshots of your favorite games. Meanwhile, the right Joy-Con features an NFC touchpoint that is used for Amiibo figures. It also has an IR Motion Camera that can detect nearby objects for specially designed games.

Both Joy-Cons have vibration and sound features, and have a full set of buttons, an accelerometer, and a gyro-sensor that allows each controller to achieve independent left and right motion control. The cool thing about the Joy-Cons is that you can use each as an individual controller, allowing for local co-op or competitive gameplay.

Now that we got that down, let's take a look at how you can play games on the damn thing.

The system has three play styles. In TV mode, you simply place the console in the dock to connect it to the TV. You can then combine the two Joy-Cons with the Joy-Con grip to play games with one normal-sized controller.

Then there's Handheld mode, where you attach the Joy-Cons to the main console and carry it around, playing games on the Switch like you would with a Nintendo 3DS. Console games like Skyrim on a handheld device? Hot damn!

Lastly, there's Tabletop mode, where you can prop up the main console using its built-in stand. Again, you can use the Joy-Cons as one controller or you can invite someone to play with you.

Speaking of multiplayer, you can connect up to eight systems together for local wireless play. The console also has Wi-Fi support for online multiplayer, which will be free at launch but will eventually have a price tag as the year ends.

When not connected to the Dock, the Switch's battery life can last for more than six hours, but that depends on the games you play. Nintendo says that playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Switch would probably last you three hours while disconnected. The console itself can be charged by plugging the AC adapter into the console's USB connector.

So yes, we'll admit it. The Nintendo Switch is definitely the most flexible gaming system we've ever seen. It seems too good to be true, and we're crossing our fingers in hopes that it will perform according to how Nintendo claims it will.

And guess what? Everyone will get to try this baby really soon because the worldwide release date is this March 3. Yes, it's that soon! So we all have two months to save up... unless you have rich parents who can get it for you. 
About the author: Stef Atega

GameGulp's current overlord. Stef is obsessed with cats and anything horror. She also likes shounen anime and Japanese food but refuses to be called a "weeaboo". She believes in the power of indie games.

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