Nintendo Switch looks awesome. And according to rumours, it’s cheaper than anticipated.
If you haven’t already heard, Nintendo are primed to release their Nintendo Switch in March 2017.
Expanding on the Wii U concept, the Switch features a ‘second screen’, whereby you can transform your home-based console into a handheld device, and visa-versa. Funky.The Nintendo Switch can be used as a handheld or a home-based console. Source: Nintendo.
The system also appears to use memory cards instead of discs, making this the first major home-gaming console to return to solid-state media since the Nintendo 64. And let’s be real, the 64 was basically the best thing to happen ever.
It’s fair to say that the 2017 release is highly anticipated. But what makes it all the more exciting is the suggested price.
According to a leaked report by ‘Let’s Play Video Games’, the Nintendo Switch may hit the shelves at 199.99 pounds (200, enough games), which equates to about 330 Aussie dollars. To put this into perspective, rival consoles Playstation 4 and Xbox One tend to fall in the bracket of $400-$600 (although it’s nearly Christmas, so sales are really yummy).
Given Nintendo’s desires to market this console towards families and more casual gamers, this pricing makes sense. Casual gamers would see less reason to justify huge spending on a device they only really want to play a couple of games on, and don’t desire huge power and state-of-the-art graphics.
It could also attract more serious gamers, who would be tempted by the cheap price to add the Switch to their collection.
Still, queries remain.
In respect to graphics, many doubt a handheld console will emulate itself perfectly on a larger television screen. Nintendo has voiced its intentions to rival PS4 and Xbox One, yet when push comes to shove, technically, will the Switch be able to?
You have to say, if Nintendo can compete with the powerful big boys in terms of pixelation on a device essentially constructed as a handheld, it would be might impressive.
Whatever the outcome, I’m pumped. If these prices are correct, I can definitely say Christmas is coming early. Or late. I’ve never been good at maths.
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