The Nintendo-Switch video game console will sell for about $260 in Japan, from March 3, the same date as its worldwide rollout in the US and Europe. The Japanese company promises the device will be packed with fun features of all her past, machines and much more.
The Kyoto-based maker of Super Mario and Pokemon games announced details of the Switch release Friday at the Tokyo Big Sight event hall. It is said that the console will sell for $299.99 in the U.S., Customers in Europe should ask retailers for the prices.
Anticipation is mounting. In the teaser videos, Nintendo Co. has shown players with the help of a handheld device of which the remote controller section to be disconnected from the left-and right-hand side of the main part of the screen of the device. Players can use the Switch as a normal calculator, turn off the screen on a table, or use a TV screen as a monitor.
“Nintendo Switch is a new kind of home gaming system that offers a great variety of play modes,” Nintendo’s president Tatsumi Kimishima told reporters.
Nintendo should Switch to underpin a turnaround after the disappointing sales of the Wii U and the 3DS handheld. Nintendo is playing catch-up after the consumers have dumped older machines in favor of the use of smartphones and computers to play games. The company is also faced with a strong rival game machine offerings from Microsoft and Sony Corp. Corp.
The Switch has to win new, younger players, who may not be hard-core game fans and perhaps scared by the high price. Many had hoped that it could sell for closer to $200.
Nintendo promises a more immersive, interactive experience with the Switch, including online play and using the remote controller in games that do not require the players to be constantly staring at a monitor.
Nintendo officials demonstrated features such as the use of the detachable remote controllers, called “Joy-Con,” for the playback of a pistol-duel game. The motion sensors, players can feel virtual water is poured into a virtual cup.
In another game, the characters’ arms swung out during a fight when the players hit the air, while holding the controllers.
“It is a totally new kind of game,” said Kouichi Kawamoto, who oversaw “1-2-Switch,” a pistol-duel game that requires players to look each other in the eyes. “It is about having fun with the communication.”
Nintendo said the 50-software makers, including Electronic Arts and Sega, prepare for 80 games for the Switch. It also promised to in-house games like Legend of Zelda game, which will go on sale the same date as the Switch.
The company’s plans for a similar presentation in the united states later on Friday. It is also the creation of places where people can try the device ahead of the launch, including cities in Europe, to woo buyers.