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Nintendo unveils Switch release date, price, launch line-up

The Nintendo Switch will be released March 3 worldwide for $299, Nintendo announced today during a press briefing in Tokyo.

Nintendo will sell the Switch for 29,980 yen in Japan. In Europe, the price will vary by retailer. The Switch will be available in two configurations: one with gray Joy-Con controllers, and the other with neon red and blue Joy-Con devices. Otherwise, the hardware will be the same: 32 GB of internal storage with a 720p touchscreen.

I’m somewhat curious about the hardware, somewhat interested in the new Zelda they showed off, but I’m appalled at the pricing in Europe (you’ll be plonking down around â?¬400 for the console and a game), and disappointed in the weak launch line-up and pretty meagre collection of games they showed off for the coming year.

The Mario and Zelda franchises have basically become like Call of Duty – every year, we get pots, remakes, of a new game with a few new mechanics, and that’s it. There’s nothing wrong with that – if people enjoy them, they enjoy them, and that’s great – but I feel like Nintendo could be doing so much more than this.

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