JAPANESE GAMES FIRM Nintendo has revealed that the Switch will cost £279.99 in the UK, making the console the firm's most expensive to date.
Rumours had suggested that the Nintendo Switch would cost £200 at launch. One gutsy retailer even started taking pre-orders for the console at £198.50, promising that those who ordered early were guaranteed this price.
Nintendo announced the official price on Friday morning, confirming that £280 will get you the console, left and right Joy-Con controllers, wrist-straps, the Joy-Con Grip, the Switch Dock, HDMI cable and AC adapter. The Nintendo Switch Pro controller will be sold separately.
Full details of the hybrid console were also revealed, with Nintendo confirming that the Switch will charge via USB-C, will offer 32GB built-in storage expandable via microSD and won't come with region-lock. The Switch itself, a 6.2in tablet-like device that works both as a TV-connected dock and mobile handheld, will offer between 2.5 and 6.5 hours of battery life and comes with a 720p capacitive display.
The Joy-Con controllers join up to become a traditional gamepad, similar to the N64 controller, they can be used as individual motion controllers. Unlike the Wii remotes, Nintendo boasts that the Joy-Con controllers' advanced motion-sensing system is able to differentiate among rock, paper and scissors hand motions. They also come with an HD Rumble system that the firm says allows users to, er, "feel the vibration of individual ice cubes colliding inside a glass."
Nintendo also announced that it will launch a paid-for subscription service for online gaming similar to Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus alongside the Switch, which will start with a free trial before charging in the autumn. Nintendo said the service would allow users to chat online or set appointments for games, while up to eight consoles can connect together locally for multiplayer games.
Games available at launch include The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1-2 Switch, a mini-game designed to show off the new Joy-Con controllers, that involves players facing each other rather that gawking at the TV. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a DLC-loaded port of the Wii U game, will follow in April, Splatoon 2 in summer, and a new Mario title called Super Mario Odyssey (below) will land on shelves in time for Christmas.
The firm also announced that other titles including FIFA, The Elder Scrolls, NBA 2K, Minecraft and more will also be coming to the Switch.
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