Nintendo Switch Launch Date Announced

Allan Goodman
January 14, 2017

Well, Nintendo nearly has a brand new video game console - the Nintendo Switch (as it's called) is getting a big unveil on Thursday night.

The Nintendo Switch comes five years after the company's release of the underwhelming Wii U. The console was first teased in a video this past October, but more in-depth details were revealed Friday morning in Tokyo.

Subscribers to the Nintendo Switch online service will also get one "monthly game download" of a Virtual Console title for either the NES or SNES (those SNES titles will come with "newly-added online play" as well). "I think it will sell well to Nintendo fans, but it will be a second console for a lot of people", he said to GamingBolt.

It's got no big, original third-party exclusives and even games that we saw in its demo trailer, such as Skyrim and National Basketball Association 2K18, haven't been given launch dates. Online play will be free for Nintendo Account holders until our paid online service launches in fall 2017. Thursday night, we got our first extended look at the new Mario game, Super Mario Odyssey. The service will be required to access online multiplayer mode for most games, according to Nintendo's website.

The one big problem with the Nintendo Switch - arguably big enough to potentially sink the system - is the price.

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Keep the focus on fun by using parental controls to manage how your family interacts with Nintendo Switch.

- Follow CNBC International on Twitter and Facebook. The two-part device provides HD haptic feedback, has IR and motion sensors and can be slotted together to form a more traditional controller, or to the device itself to make it portable.

Nintendo Switch will launch on March 3rd, along with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

In order to keep these Virtual Console games for yourself, players on the Nintendo Switch's network will actually have to buy the games themselves in order to continue playing them.

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