The Nintendo Switch will launch March 3rd in Ireland, as well as the US, Japan, Canada, Hong Kong and “major EU countries”, Nintendo announced at the Switch event this morning.
Pricing is $200.00 in North America and £279.99 in the UK and while no Euro price has been revealed yet, I would expect €299.99-349.99. Of course this price is for the console and two Joy-Con controllers (along with the Dock, necessary cables and a Joy-Con grip), so the price rises quickly when you begin to add games or other Joy-Con controllers.
It may be a hard sell for Nintendo, compared to the low price of an Xbox One or PS4, both of which can be found for roughly the same price sometimes including a game or two.
The Nintendo Switch is a home console that can be played through your TV at home or undocked and taken with you, to play games on the go using the 6.2-inch touch screen.
Nintendo claim the system will have up to six hours of battery life when removed from the dock, but depends on the game.
For example, the flagship title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played for roughly three hours on a single charge. It’s possible to charge the system while using it.
An online service for the Switch will be free to use until autumn, when it will change to require a paid subscription and the system will allow up to eight Switch consoles to synch for local multiplayer. Thankfully there will be no region locking, meaning you can buy Japanese or American games and they’ll work on your Irish Switch.
Launching with the system are big first-party Nintendo titles including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, 1-2-Switch and ARMS. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches April 28th, Splatoon 2 this summer and Super Mario Odyssey will launch “during the 2017 holiday season”.