The final price and specs are in for the Nintendo Switch. The system will launch on March 3rd, 2017 for $299.99 in North America. It’s about $50 more than what analysts had been expecting, but it’s not too bad. Ultimately it’s going to be slightly more expensive than some of the standard PS4 and Xbox One bundles currently available from some online outlets and brick and mortar retailers.
During the live-stream presentation from Japan, it was revealed that the $300 bundle will come with the Nintendo Switch, the docking station, an AC adapter, an HDMI cable, the Joy Dock, wrist straps and the left and right Joy-Con controllers.
They didn’t mention much about the actual launch line-up of software for the Nintendo Switch, but hopefully they iron that out in the next couple of weeks given that the console will be available on March 3rd, which is less than two months away.
Nintendo Switch Battery Life
One of the most important and asked about features of the Nintendo Switch has also been revealed: the battery life of the Nintendo Switch will last between two and six hours of play. You can charge the hybrid console on the go using a USB type-C adapter, sold separately.
The two Joy-Con controllers will also be available separately for purchase for $80 per pair. The controllers contain an analog stick on each one along with four face buttons. There are left and right buttons on the inside of the controllers where they connect to the dock, but can be used as additionally buttons when detached.
The left and right Joy-Con controllers also contain separate functionality; there’s an NFC reader on one of the controllers to read Amiibo data and a share button on the other so that gamers can snap photos of games or take video captures and quickly share them with friends or family online.
Nintendo Switch Will Be Region-Free
The Nintendo Switch will also be region free, enabling gamers to be able to play and trade games from different regions without requiring a separate Switch unit specifically from that region. This is something gamers have been begging Nintendo to include in their systems for decades.
As mentioned, the Nintendo Switch will launch on March 3rd, 2017 for $299.99 in North America, and for the respective regional price in Europe, Hong Kong, Japan and other major countries.
The new console from Nintendo is currently available for pre-order from sites like GameStop.