Nintendo Switch Price and Release Date Confirmed

Nintendo answers some of the big questions about Switch.

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The Nintendo Switch launches on March 3 for $300 in the US, Nintendo confirmed during its livestream presentation on Thursday night.

Switch will launch simultaneously in the US, Canada, Japan, "major European countries," Hong Kong, and other territories. Pricing was only shared for the US and Japan (where it'll cost 29,980 yen).

For Europe, Nintendo advised checking with local retailers for more specific prices. However Nintendo UK's Twitter confirmed it will be available for £279.99 at Nintendo's official store. It's likely most other UK retailers will sell the console for around this price too.

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Rumors had previously suggested Switch would cost in the neighborhood of $250. Nintendo has said for some time that the system would debut in March.

For more on Switch, follow along with the livestream and our liveblog of the event. Another livestream focused on the games from tonight's presentation is scheduled for Friday morning.

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Marky360

Hey does the Switch have a gyrometer in it for motion or only the Joycons?

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silentrambo

The life (and possible death) of the switch will be determined by the games, the price is a bit high for me, here in Canada it's $400, so I will wait for more games and maybe a sale or price drop. But having said that, I kind of like it, to me the switch seems more of a regular console since the gamecube days. I know there is some limited motion stuff with the joycon but it looks optional in most games, aside from the games built to use those features. Time will tell, for the moment the launch looks a bit rough with a high price and few games, good luck Nintendo, I hope you have a successful launch

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Mirimon78

This product should be in the 150 to 180 range at best, with all it doesn't do or come with.... oh

That old Nintendon't slogan just made a big comeback, which is sad.

I knew already the hardware would be underwhelming, but this lineup, pricing, memory, format, and accessories... no, just no.

Charging more for less product?

Why couldn't they learn from MSFT's mistakes with the xb1??

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TitanG1

@Mirimon78: $150-$180 range?

What's your drug of choice that makes that make sense?

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Oni

The games they have shown just aren't doing it for me. The Mario game looks awesome, that got me excited but that not coming out for a year or longer. People are going gaga for this system, just like Wii U, but what Nintendo has shown for games is pretty "meh". Why is this system in such high demand? You would think after the Wii U, consumers would be cautious of the Switch, especially since the games, as of now, are just 'okay'. I guess the appeal of playing the new Zelda for 2 hours on the go is early adopter worthy.

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loudroom

Yeah. Ok.

I was going to get this for the kids until i see the price.

Guys you are on a sinking ship. You should be pricing this thing so i sells to masses.

Really there is nothing special about this switch. Looks like the controllers will have a short life.

Its only the games that make this this worthwhile. Who needs to play mario again.

Ok everybody lets get ready to say bye bye to Nintendo. Bye bye

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NaturallyEvil

@loudroom: Same here. I was willing to take a chance with the limited launch line-up when I assumed that this would be the lower-priced alternative to letting your kids destroy a PS4 or X1. Now after seeing the price, I don't see why I would buy this over a PS4, which already has several good exclusives I've been telling myself I can live without.

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@NaturallyEvil: I got a PS4 next to my PC. It was a waste of money. I only have Unharted 4, FFXV and Bloodborne on it. The only good game out of those 3 was Bloodborne but was it 350EUROS worth of a good game? hmm, not really. For me the WiiU was a lot more worth then a PS4 .

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Marky360

@mathi4s:

That's crazy talk Uncharted 4 was better then every game I played on the Wii U that game is a masterpiece.

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Blueresident87

Regardless of how successful it turns out to be, it's a good price point.

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Mirimon78

@Blueresident87: er.. good pricepoint? It has a worse screen than a gen 1 ipad, comes with no games, barely enough memory to hold all 3 titles it launches with, and hardware barely capable of playing mobile games at 720p.

Most families already have a few devices that do all of these things better, we call them phones. Could get an ipad with better specs for 1/3 the price.

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@Mirimon78: Mobiles and Tablets have only touchcontolls which suck for core gaming. hard.

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RS13

@Blueresident87: If it struggles early, the price point will be the reason.

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jack00

I just can't get over how the controller(s) looks awful to play with...

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Mirimon78

@jack00: it's not completely umcomfortable, until you break them up..

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Croxus

In Europe, it's price will be 350 euros, roughly 400$, outrageous price tag for a secondary console. This is too weak to become the primary living room console and apparently 3rd party support is not there. 400$ is too much for a dedicated small children toy, it's seems that Nintendo has learnt nothing from past mistakes, or maybe the US children market is enough to sustain it...

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blowtrees

Yeah, I'm in the overpriced camp, even the accessories are absurd (40$x2 controllers,70$ classic controller,90$ dock), no backwards compatibility and subscription online is a practice that just wont die.

Definitely not a 'launch' buy, and watch Nintendo pull a ''New' Switch' Elite Pro' in a year or two.

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5tu88sy

I'd rather just buy an iPad.

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lilhurk1985187

Overpriced piece of total shit and a waste of time.Why cant they just make a normal competing console?

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TitanG1

@lilhurk1985187: because that's not their market, hasn't been for the last 10-15 years.

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Mirimon78

@titang1: that's thwir problem, qhen you limit your market you limit your potential.

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TitanG1

@Mirimon78: Nintendo doesn't care, if they wanted to compete with Sony and MS in terms of hardware they would. It's obvious they prefer to do their own thing, pass or fail.

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wallacom

$300 is PS4/Xbox One price. No thanks.

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ecurl143

I'm not feeling good about this one. This is just another under powered brick from Nintendo who seem hell bent on launching consoles that make the Megadrive look next gen.

And that Zelda game isn't anything to write home about.

Nah, there's just too much cool shit out there that more powerful with better games and costing less. Seriously, who in their right mind really needs to get this thing?

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ecurl143

Sony must be laughing all the way to the bank when they saw this.

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thecman25

Nintendo fans are finally starting to realize just how bad Nintendo is getting. In the comments you got the ones that realize it and you got the ones who are still delusional to Nintendo

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TitanG1

@thecman25: I haven't been a fan of Nintendo since the Nintendo 64, and in my opinion the Switch looks great, way better than the Wii or Wii-U in terms of simplicity, functionality, and even aesthetics.

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Mirimon78

@titang1: I don't think those words you used mean what you think they mean.... any of them.

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TitanG1

@Mirimon78: Poor you and your limited vocabulary. I didn't misuse any of those words, if you weren't an idiot you'd know that.

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Mirimon78

@titang1: "switch looks great"- in what way? The physical body or the displayed graphical ability? By themselves it would be subjective to asthetics, but compaired to other platforms, or even an ipad, no, it looks worde in both regards.

"Better than the wii and wii u in terms of simplicity, functionality etc."

Simplicity and functionality.. it has more accessories need to fully function (that don't even come with it).. a charging dock, needed to unrestrict its output and upscale to 720p+, it on its own breaks apart into 3 umcorfortable pieces, wii u did that without having to break apart. If you had kids you would know all these little pieces will break, go missing, get food crammed into them. It comes with the same memory of last gen, and the gen before in size. Simplicity on the inside perhaps, with an underpowered, underclocked old gen tegra/arm that seems simple compaired to the last gens, except now developers have to get used to different architwcture that is already severely limited and dated when everybody else has long since moved on. There is a reason the shield focuses more on streaming redistribution.

Yup, it's clear you didn't understand the words you were using, as stated above.

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RS13

@titang1: Simplicity? They've got 27 different ways to control the damn thing.

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TitanG1

@RS13: And you can probably choose one to play most all games.

I bet the majority of the variations depend on specific circumstances.

Either way, it's still a fairly simple design and probably easier to use and set up than say a Kinect or PSVR.

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flexappeal

For all my diehard Nintendo fans out there try to be realistic. The switch is essentially a portable device pretending to be a home console. There's nothing in this device that makes it in any way that innovative. It's just a handheld that happens to have an HDMI output to connect to your television. A price point of US $300 (approx $400 Cdn for me) really is a pretty steep price to pay for this console. Now the question is will it be a great portable system in terms of delivering the games? Given the big N's track record, I'm sure it will be. But this thing is also being promoted as a hybrid and in the long run will fragment it's users. At some point in time and I am willing to bet money on this, the Switch will be promoted as a handheld device first and foremost with the option of gaming on a big screen. Nintendo truly screwed up with the Switch IMHO. I was actually considering buying one out of the gate but this reveal did nothing for me but put a dark cloud over this system. I was initially excited with the prospect of it and the rumoured Tegra X2 chip on board made me somewhat optimistic. But as it stands now, this thing will be a geriatric of a system on release date given how fast technology moves forward. Also what is up with all the over priced accessories? It's as if the big N is willing to dig their own grave already by nickel and diming it's most loyal fanbase. There's seriously something wrong with the higher ups from Nintendo because they are so out of touch with todays market. It's like the great unflinching Yamauchi never left the building. Nintendo is that old Japanese fella who can't and won't breakaway from it's roots. The disconnect is unbelievable. I mean just looking at the big N's current stock market, optimism is quite low. Such a lacklustre reveal. Seriously lacking games and third party support. Nintendo sustainability don't go hand in hand these days. The Wii was a fluke but everything else they have touched since the SNES days have been on the decline. Say what you will but this will be the last Nintendo home hardware. They may continue on the portable market for another cycle but again this too will eventually collapse. In 5-6 years time Nintendo will either be a mobile only or third party software provider. Truth.

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@flexappeal: How will the switch fragment their userbase exactly? If it does anything at all then unify the 3DS and the WIIU users and exclusives on one system. Sure it's not very powerfull but neither was the 3DS compared to the ps vita and the vita is dead now so at least on the handheld market there is practically no oppositon for nintendo. Also the admitedly not many people who stood with the weakhardwared wiiu will still stand with the switch and are not concerned at all. None of what you wrote except for the overpriced accesories makes any sense.

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Mirimon78

@mathi4s: that dead vita is more powerful...

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@Mirimon78: Then what? the switch? No, it's not

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flexappeal

@mathi4s: Also the whole point of launching a brand new console is to potentially attract more users am I right? If your reading through major online threads like I am, the majority of reception for the switch is quite negative. Am I blowing smoke? No. As a matter of fact Nintendo's stock has been on the slide after the Switch reveal. So what does that tell you? People are not even sure what to make of this thing. Again fragmentation/ mixed messages. What's the message that Nintendo is putting out there? The message is "hey what we have here is an under-powered home console with portable functionality hampered by poor battery life". So is the Switch really an innovative gaming device when as far as we all know a majority of their line up consists of old gen games? I'm not totally ruling out Nintendo though as I did mention that in regards to portable gaming they do have a good track record and I do believe that Switch will better serve them as a portable device in the end.

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flexappeal

@mathi4s: It will fragment the user base because in the long run who would Nintendo market this system for? Fine you have your diehard Nintendo fans that will praise its hybrid functionality. But for the average user would they stick with a console system in the long run that can't keep up with current state of gaming? How will that bode in the future?In regards to portability battery life is a huge issue. So what happens? Do you use it as a home console that can barely keep up or do you ignore the whole point of having a portable device? If you end up playing the switch exclusively as a home device or the other doesn't that constitute fragmentation?

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@flexappeal: Both. You use the device as both - a home console and a portable device.

I asume you never held a 3ds in your life because when fully under load the battery was wasted in 3hours as well but in the end it was a success anyway.

So what if the HW is old, the games look good. There are well known IPs among them. Who cares what is under the hood if it does what I want it to do. The PS4 is trash compared to a good PC. Did it die while I wasn't looking?

There is no catch. There is no fragmentation. The stock goes up and down every day. A lot of speculants that don't know jack about games. I'm not gonna predict how the world is going to react or how well the switch is going to be received but all I see are people who predict that the switch is doomed just because people predict its doomed. It's just the good old selffulfilling profecy fallacy.

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flexappeal

@mathi4s: As a matter of fact I do own a 3DS and have owned most of Nintendo's potable systems. But that's beside the point. I totally agree that Nintendo has a strong line up of first party games. Your correct in pointing out that the portable market is practically dominated by them. The fact that they are combining the home console market along with the portable market was a great selling point for me. I was even considering buying one at launch. BUT the problem is that graphically the Switch is a slouch compared to X1 and PS4 and those are 5 year old consoles!! So one would wonder how will Nintendo attract big 3rd party software developers into their camp when you can almost surmise that the Switch would barely be able to run games in the calibre of let's say Cyberpunk 2077, RDR 2, ME Andromeda to name a few. These are games built from the bottom up to be played in front of the couch and not on the go. These are your system sellers do to speak aside from your Mario's and Zelda's. These are the games that would attract the hardcore gamers on your side and increase attachment to your system because your console is able to compete. With Nintendo doing away with a future proof console, they have once again isolated themselves as a niche type of gaming system. So as a consumer what am I to think? Was I swindled into buying a device that can barely compete as a home console but has the potential to be a great portable gaming device? So in a way the machine is fragmented because it can't really compete as an alternative home console and it doesn't have the great portability of a 3DS or even a mobile phone. What is the sustainability of the Switch as a home console? Without 3rd party support its DOA and we have seen what happens when you don't get that support. You end up with the WIIU. Nintendo's idea of a mediocre hybrid would eventually be its own undoing. They in a way will end up fragmenting their user base because your not buying the Switch as a hybrid anymore. Your buying it as an alternative to or replacement of a portable device. You get what I'm saying?

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@flexappeal:You keep saying that the console is fragmented or that it will fragment the userbase but I don't think it means what you think it means. You are using the phrase incorrectly. If someone releases a paid map DLC for their multiplayer game some people bought the DLC and some not - thats when the userbase is fragmented. Between the users who use the switch as home console and those who use it as a handheld is no barrier at all. What you are trying to say is that those people who buy it as a home console are being fooled because in your oppinion as a console it has no future with which I don't agree.

Have you even checked the lineup of the games announced for the witch? There are plenty of 3rd party games there.

Nintendo sold 57.94million units of the 3DS not counting the new 3ds. All of the people who bought it either had another home console/PC to play the hardware demanding AAA titles like RDR Witcher 3(or as you call them systemsellers) or they just simply did not give a ****. I'm one of them and I allways wanted to plug my screen in the 3ds and wuala, suddenly I'm a home console player. It would be that easy. Maybe your world revolves around cyberpunk and RDR2 and life without it you consider impossible but the world is considerably bigger then you think.

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flexappeal

@mathi4s: lol. Let's just agree to disagree.

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RS13

@mathi4s: First, there's no "self-fulfilling prophecy fallacy." Second, if everyone's saying bad things about it, that's a sign that it's not going to do well. Maybe this is a self-fulfilling prophecy--people say it will do bad, so no one's excited, so no one buys it, so it does bad (still not a fallacy)--but if it is, then you can be pretty sure that it's true. Third, you may think the games look good, but it's become pretty apparent that Nintendo games just don't have the appeal they used to: with the exception of the wii, they've had fewer console sells every generation.

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hoard_moard

@flexappeal:Absolutely agree with what you said. Seems like Nintendo just said "^$%# it" and crammed every gimmick from everything they've made in the last decade into one console.

The casual market doesn't care enough about Nintendo to drop $300+tax on this thing. Not when the PS4/XB1 is sitting right there for $250 bundled with some games.

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Guy_Brohski

More expensive than Xbone. Less powerful than Xbone. Wow Nintendo, I expected nothing less from you.

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punisher2k8

$460 tax included here in Canada.... O_0 NO WAY! Maybe next winter :P

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blprater

I have been a Nintendo fan since the original. While this is an innovative product, I think Nintendo really should focus on what they do best and that is the handheld market. They need to drop out of the console market. Price point or not, they are competing against other systems that are more powerful, have better graphics, more games, ect. Just from a parents perspective alone, I would look at the value and longevity of the system. I own both the PS4 and Xbox One. My last Nintendo console was the Wii and Nintendo DS. I skipped on the Wii U.

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thecman25

@blprater: plus with their consoles they lack third party support so thats a big lost