It’s a tablet, a console and a portable multiplayer tabletop game system all in one… and it’s pretty darn awesome. The Nintendo Switch console follows the and Super Mario Run in a line of products from the Japanese giant that have titillated gamers over the past year.
You’re probably dying to get your hands on one. Well, hold up — it’s hard to come by. Here’s what you need to know about snagging the magically versatile gaming system, which has a suggested retail price of $300, £280 or AU$470.
Update, May 16: Here’s the latest.
New shipments are being sent out every now and then. So your best bet is to call your local stores — such as Best Buy, Walmart, GameStop and Target in the US — to find out when their next shipment will be. If you just can’t wait, here are some places that are still selling the Switch and its goodies online. Many of them have much higher prices than you might find at your local store, though.
GameStop is offering two different Switch bundles online:
Amazon UK has the system available for £279 with free shipping to buyers in the UK. Amazon US has units available through third-party sellers, starting at around $400 new with varying shipping charges, depending on the seller.
Third-party sellers also have units at Walmart’s site, too. Switch consoles start at around $499 (about £385 or AU$670 converted) with various shipping charges.
We’ll be updating this piece as the Switch is restocked or when new information is released, so stay tuned!
What it costs
The Nintendo Switch has a list price of $300, AU$470 or £280. There’s only one color option for the console itself, but the attached Joy-Con controllers come in gray, or a more colorful option with one neon blue and one neon red.
Nintendo says online gaming services will be free for a trial period, but will become a subscription service later in the year. The service will reportedly cost between 2,000 and 3,000 yen in Japan, which converts to about $18-$26, £14-£21 or AU$23-AU$35 per year. Prices for other countries have yet to be announced. On Nintendo’s site, the company says almost all of the games will need a paid service subscription to play online.
The unit comes with a Switch console, two Joy-Con joysticks, two Joy-Con wrist straps, a Joy-Con Grip, the Nintendo Switch Dock, an HDMI cable and an AC adapter.
The Nintendo Pro Controller is sold separately for $70, AU$95 or £60. Additional Joy-Con controllers are sold for $80, AU$105 or £65.
Nintendo has partnered with the industry’s biggest names, such as Activision, EA, Capcom, Sega and Konami, in the hopes of providing a great selection of games for the Switch, but they’re thin on the ground at launch. The highly anticipated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the biggest launch title, greeted with near universal acclaim. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a version of the Wii U hit, was also enthusiastically received. will be released toward the end of 2017.
More than 80 third-party games are currently in development, such as Dragon Quest Heroes 1 and 2 and Project Octopath Traveler. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, FIFA, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Fire Emblem Warriors are also coming to the Switch.
There are two new games that highlight the HD Rumble feature in the Joy-Con controllers., while ARMS is a boxing game. 1-2-Switch is out now and ARMS is coming soon.
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