Since there is so much gossip going on about upcoming Nintendo Switch and also there are so many questions and rumors about the Nintendo Switch we thought of sorting out some questions to answer with the information until now provided by Nintendo and reliable insider sources. This is a Nintendo FAQ detailing everything officially announced so far by Nintendo and additional details from anonymous but trusted insider sources.
Nintendo Switch FAQ: What All of You Need To Know About Nintendo’s New Console
What is the Nintendo Switch?
The Nintendo Switch is console that looks like a tablet with two controllers on the right and left which can be detachable. The controllers are pretty flexible, which are called as Joy-Con, you can use them by attaching to a special grip controller to make it more convenient. In order to run the games on television, you need to put the console into the dock.
How will be the controller?
The controllers are very flexible to use, the Joy-Con can be put into the Joy-Con grip to play by holding in both hands separately like Wii Remote and Nunchuck. Or you can simply put into the side of the screen to play like Wii U gamepad. You can also make it flexible for two players by turning both Joy-Cons sideways like traditional SNES controllers but joysticks instead of D-Pads. There is also one more option like Nintendo Switch Pro controller.
How powerful will be the Nintendo Switch if compared to other game consoles?
According to the information provided by Nintendo until now, the Switch will be using a custom Tegra processor made by NVIDIA and an NVIDIA Graphical processing unit. There is a possibility that unreal engine only requires support from the engine not the power.
If we were to make out something from physical feature, the two controllers feature a Left and Right analogue stick, a set of ABXY buttons on the right above the right analogue stick, plus and minus button, two shoulder buttons, two trigger buttons, home button and square button (functionality unknown) with a circle indentation inside.
The Pro controller features D-Pad under the left analogue stick, Joy-Con controller replaced with four arrow buttons reminiscent of the C buttons on the Nintendo 64 controller. Two Joy-Con controllers are featuring an extra set of shoulder buttons if held sideways for two player games. Joy-Cons are flexible to split between players.
The system look like tablet shaped device to slide into the dock for charging. The device is having the top slot and cover for game cartridges, called game cards, 3.5mm audio port and vent for heat. There is a stand folds on the back of device to make is stand up if placed on table. With the small release button in the back of the Joy-Con, it releases each controller from the console or grip unit.
Side of the dock, there are two unknown ports which looks like USB ports. There is an horizontal indentation on the back for cords like as power and video/audio output or possibly for ventilation into the console. There might seem to be two ports are available downside, one of them might be for charging the console. However these are just assumptions.
Can I take the detachable screen and play my games anywhere?
Yes, you can play games anywhere, since the screen of the device is a console and is not attached to any internet or other devices so it is very flexible for playing while traveling.
If Switch is undocked, can the Pro controller be used?
- Yes, we can. According to the trailer.
Will you be able to download games via Nintendo eShop?
We still have to wait for that information, if Nintendo Switch can be flexible with downloading games via eshop or other Store from online.
Will the Switch have Amiibo support?
- Yes, the game supports Amiibo of Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch home system both.
When will be Nintendo Switch releasing?
According to the March 2016 investors meeting at E3 2016, the official announcement was March 2017 but sadly there is no particular date is announced yet.
How much be the cost of the console?
- We still have to wait for the details on cost of the console as there is no official announcement yet.
What will be the games for the Nintendo Switch?
At the time of writing this, the confirmed list of games for Nintendo Switch are:
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Just Dance 2017
- Project Sonic 2017
- Steamworld game
- Nobunaga’s Ambition
- Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
- Second FDG Entertainment title
- Unannounced Tantalus games
- Constructor HD
Why isn’t Skyrim Special Edition confirmed? It was showcased in the preview trailer of Nintendo Switch.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is not officially announced for the Nintendo Switch according to the Bethesda’s statement
Isn’t there any bunch of third party support for the Switch?
Yes, but there is no official announcement for any games yet. Full list of the developers that have confirmed their support for Nintendo Switch are:
Will the console have any form of backwards compatibility with the Wii U or 3DS?
No, the Nintendo Switch is not going to have any backwards compatibility with the Wii U or 3DS. And the digital media also not yet confirmed for Nintendo Switch.
Does the Switch stream games like the NVIDIA Shield?
No, when the Nintendo Switch is docked, mostly it works on streaming to output video and audio on the television or monitor.
What will be the battery life of the Nintendo Switch?
The information on battery life is also not yet confirmed, all they said was, “We will announce more hardware details later, but we are developing Nintendo Switch so that consumers can comfortably enjoy games away from home.” According to a trusted insider, Nintendo Switch battery life is Mediocre, maximum life is just 3 hours.
Will the console feature a touch screen?
There is no information on the touch screen as well, as they said about it was, “We have nothing to announce on this topic. We will make additional announcements about the Nintendo Switch hardware later, before the launch of the product.”
Can the Switch display dual screen displays like the Wii U?
- No, it cannot do dual screen displays like the Wii U.
What about Nintendo Switch glasses: 3D like the 3DS?
The information is not yet confirmed on this but it seems because of the lack of 3D slider and more battery consuming, there might be a possibility, it might not. However it is just an assumption.
Will the Switch replace the Wii U or 3DS?
Before Nintendo Switch was named officially and used to known as code named the NX, they have confirmed that it won’t be replacing neither Wii U not 3DS but there might be a possibility of changes. However according to some rumors people have been thinking, it might replace 3DS possibly.
Will the games have FPS issues? it looked like some of them did in the trailer.
The released trailer (October 20th 2016) can’t be compared with final product. The final product might perform well with the framerate. We just have to wait and see. It seems to be one of the actors in the commercial said that the game footage was indeed superimposed during post (The video has been removed unfortunately).
How does the Switch upscale or improve its graphics while connected to the TV? Does the dock have an extra processor to help it render a better resolution?
According to the information we have until now, “The dock is not the main console unit of Nintendo Switch, The main unit of Nintendo Switch is the unit that has the LCD screen, which the two Joy-Con controllers can be attached to and detached from. The main function of the Nintendo Switch Dock is to provide an output to the TV, as well as charging and providing power to the system.” the Nintendo Switch Dock’s main function is to charge the Nintendo Switch and allow for output for television.
According to the above words people might often mistaken that dock gives added processing power to The Nintendo Switch. As Nintendo has filed a patent with the concept, we don’t have proper confirmation on it. The Nintendo still need to confirm the information about an additional unit to hook up to the dock, or an alternate dock for extra processing power. Some people are assuming that upscale and graphical output might same as laptops. However these are just assumptions.
Will the Nintendo Switch have any online features?
The access to internet is not yet confirmed, but the Nintendo Switch allows you to access local wireless features to connect to other devices to play with other Nintendo Switch users like multiplayer games etc. However it is just an assumption.
Will there be any Bluetooth support?
We are not having any information regarding Bluetooth support yet but even if it doesn’t have any Bluetooth feature, we can buy Bluetooth transmitter for 3.5mm audio jack online or store to use.
What happens if I lose one or both of my Joy-Con controllers?
We are not having confirmed information on it but there is a possibility for Nintendo to provide replacement set by purchasing like the Wii U gamepad, if it is damaged.
How much internal storage will the Switch have? Will it also support external storage?
We are not having confirmed information regarding internal storage and support external storage yet.
I heard we won’t be hearing any more news until January of next year. Is this true? If not when will we hear more news?
Yes, it is true as Nintendo made an announcement regarding streaming a live presentation of The Nintendo Switch on January 12th, 2017.
Do you have to keep the stand upright? Can you lay it down sideways like you could with the Wii and Wii U?
The information is not yet confirmed but we assume that there might be a possibility according to the picture of the dock and console.
Will there be any form of screen protector or case for the Switch? Will it still fit in the dock?
This information is also not yet confirmed and also even the availability of third party screen protectors and cases are also not yet confirmed.
What kind of operating system will the Nintendo Switch have? How main menu looks like?
There is no information regarding the operating system and menu but as Nintendo always had specific operating systems for its console, we can assume that it might be the same case for this console as well.