If you’re a fan of Nintendo, then there’s a good chance you were up at 11pm EST last night with bated breath, awaiting the newest Nintendo Direct with all the latest details on the company’s new console. Or is that a handheld? Well, both.
And if you missed it? You can catch up on things here:
With that said, here are the specific details not documented in the program which concern Canadians who want to Switch it up.
Like in the U.S., the Nintendo Switch will launch here on March 3rd, 2017. The suggested retail price is $399, and included in the package is the Switch console itself, a dock which holds the console and connects it to your television, one each of the L(eft) and R(ight) Joy-Con controllers, a Joy-Con grip which connects the two to form a more traditional controller, a set of Joy-Con wrist straps for when they’re not attached to the console or the grip, an HDMI cable, and AC adapter.
While there have been different hardware bundles, colors, and configurations in the past, there will be two versions of the Nintendo Switch package at retail, and the sole difference is in the color of the two Joy-Cons included. One features both in the same grey color as the system, while the other makes Joy-Con L a neon blue and Joy-Con R a neon red. It’s anecdotal from my experience at EB Games earlier this morning, but it would seem that the neon red/blue one is the rarer of the two, so if you decide to pre-order, you might consider going for that and swapping to grey later if you change your mind.
Several game were shown off in the video above, but the ones which will be available at launch are 1-2-Switch ($64.99), Super Bomberman R (price To Be Announced), Skylanders Imaginators (price TBA), and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
For The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there is not one, not two, but three different ways to get the game (not including the likely digital download from the Nintendo eShop): standard for $79.99; Special, which includes the game, a Nintendo Switch Sheikah Slate Carrying Case, a Sheikah Eye Collectible Coin, the Relic of Hyrule: Calamity Ganon Tapestry and Weather-Worn Map, and a soundtrack CD for $99.99; and Master, which has the contents of the Special Edition, plus a “Master Sword of Resurrection” statue.
This is where things get a touch weird, however. At EB Games, they only had the standard and Master Edition in their computer, and while Nintendo of Canada’s website there says $129.99, they are charging $199.99 for it. Suffice to say, I hope it’s EB Games and not Nintendo who is wrong about the price, though I may need to find somewhere else to pre-order.
There are first-party accessories that will presumably (I say as I remember I’ve yet to get a second controller for my NES Classic Edition, having been told no more have been received since launch) be available as well, though EB Games did not have any of them in their system when I was there, so call ahead if you’re pre-ordering in-store. The traditional Pro Controller will run you $89.99, while individual L and R Joy-Cons can be had for $64.99, or you can get a pair in combinations of gray/gray, red/blue, red/red, and blue/blue for $99.99.
Then there’s the Joy-Con Charging Grip, which looks much like the grip included with the console, but charges the Joy-Cons while you play for non-stop action. Those who fondly remember Mario Kart Wii and prefer to race with a wheel can get a pair for their two Joy-Cons for $19.99. Finally, if you want to be able to play the Switch on any television in your house but don’t want to move the dock, you can pick up additional docks for a price that’s yet to be announced for us (though Polygon says that they’re $90 in the States).
If you’re interested in trying out the Switch yourself ahead of launch, you’re in luck! Well, if you’ll be in Toronto at the end of this month, that is, as the Nintendo Switch and Play event tour will hit Hall A of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front Street West) at 10am EST on Sunday, January 29th. Minors ages 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and Nintendo asks that you don’t arrive before 7am EST, as “lines will not begin forming until that time.”
I’ll be checking it out myself and I’ll see what info I can dig up, should the opportunity present itself. If nothing else, some impressions will be nice, right?
In the meantime, if you still want more Switch, then head on over to their official website, where more of the general details about online service, features, and more will be waiting for you.
Finally, here’s a video of Bowser employing parental controls for young Bowser Jr., which is possibly the greatest thing of all.
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