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Nintendo Switch Price and Release Date Announced

Posted on January 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

nintendo-switch-release-date-priceThere has been a lot of debate and a lot of rumors surrounding the Nintendo Switch, but during today’s livestream event has been set straight: the Nintendo Switch will release on March 3, 2017 and its suggested retail price in North America is $299.99. The console will also come in two different options, one that includes the standard black joy-con controllers and one that has one aqua and one red joy-con controller.

While gamers now have a date to mark on their calendars though, they’ll have to ensure that they have enough in their budget to afford the modestly priced console now that the Nintendo Switch’s price point has also been revealed. The $300 price comes with a lot of assumptions about the console’s capabilities and functionality. The price point lends credence to talk that the Nintendo Switch might be less powerful than current-gen systems, but it also means the battery life nintendo-switch-reveal-event-live-controllerwill be decent. As we later learned during the presentation, the Nintendo Switch battery life can vary between 2.5 and 6 hours depending on the game.

For many, this date will seem a lot earlier than previously believed. Despite consumers knowing that the release would occur in March 2017, the very beginning of the month didn’t strike many as a possibility. Still, Nintendo surprised everyone with the news, demonstrating that it still had a few tricks left up its sleeve for the big showcase. Of course, fans were placing their real attention on the platform’s pending Year One library.

While the system itself will be making its way to market sooner rather than later, some of the titles announced are still a little ways off. For example, the newly revealed Super Mario Odyssey isn’t slated to arrive until Holiday 2017, while Splatoon 2 is currently slated for a Summer 2017 release. Even then, the general reaction to this date seems to be positive, but whether or not this date pays dividends for Nintendo’s sales forecast will remain to be seen.

Of course, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be available on March 3rd as well, which should bode well for fans that were concerned that the title would miss launch. Admittedly, it’s a rather difficult exclusive to top for Nintendo and its new Switch console.

The Nintendo Switch will arrive in North America on March 3, 2017.

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