Nintendo Switch 101: [ICYMI] it’s released

Nintendo Switch is finally released. Here are some things-to-know if you don’t know much about it yet.

It’s basically a console that isn’t tied down to a TV. You could play with it docked and connected to a big screen, as a hand held with the remotes tagged to the side of the console, or using the console as the main screen.

The main console is a 6.2 inch HD touch screen with multi touch, and comes with left and right Joy-Con controllers, a Joy-Con grip (to which two Joy-Con are attached and used as one controller), a set of Joy-Con straps, a Nintendo Switch dock (which holds the main console and connects it to a TV), an HDMI cable and an AC adapter.


The left Joy-Con has a Capture Button that players can press to take instant screen shots of gameplay; the right Joy-Con includes an NFC touchpoint for interaction with amiibo figures, as well as an IR Motion Camera that can approximate the distance, shape and motion of nearby objects in specially designed games. Both Joy-Con include motion controls and HD Rumble.

It comes in two colour options – either with both gray Joy-Con controllers, or one that is with neon blue and neon red Joy-Con controllers. Suggested retail price is USD $299.99 (approx RM 1350)

There’s also a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, sold separately at a suggested retail price of $69.99. (approx RM 320) includes all the same features (minus the IR Motion Camera) and comes in a more traditional form factor.

“Nintendo Switch makes it easy for anyone to enjoy their games in the living room and then quickly take them on the go,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “This versatile system allows people to play in unexpected places. It’s the kind of twist in gaming that Nintendo is known for.”

Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage content their children can access.

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