Nintendo is set to reveal new details about the Switch on Thursday (11 pm EST Thursday in North America). While the big N has got most people on their side with the initial Switch reveal, its time to peel back the curtain and give us the real details.

Dollars and Cents

This is big issue number one, and hopefully Nintendo will give us this info upfront. Will this be a monstrous PlayStation 3 launch price ($499USD), or a Wii launch price ($250USD)? Rumours have it pinned around $250, which would be a massive boon to the incoming system. $250 is a very competitive price when compared to the cheapest Xbox 1 and PlayStation 4 at $300 a piece. At the rumoured price point, the Switch even edges out the cheapest iPad available at $270.


Will there be one Switch or multiple versions with different price points? The Wii U had a handful of different models, which targeted different demographics. Will there be a Switch with more memory or functionalities, such as 3G along the line of the iPad? While offering consumers choice can allow more consumers to purchase the console, it can also cause barriers within the player base and consumer confusion if not properly communicated.

Launch Games

Launch games can make or break a system. Having a killer app at launch is what Nintendo needs to re-establish itself as a brand worth paying attention to for most gamers. People want their Mario Karts and Smash Bros., but the promise of something innovative and attention-grabbing could be what pushes players back into the fold.

A Concrete Release Date

When will we have this? When can we pre-order? Will there finally be enough stock on shelves day one? Put our minds to rest and give us the details. Anyone who has tried to buy a Nintendo console close to launch in recent years knows how difficult it can be. If interested buyers know all these details now, it might be easier to snag one as soon as possible. Also, Nintendo needs to come out and promise that they have manufactured enough consoles to reasonably meet demand. This is a console launch, not a limited edition golden egg. It should not be hard to pay money to get a Switch.

Virtual Console

Nintendo’s back catalogue is full of timeless gems. Having access to parts of it since the Wii has been a good move from Nintendo. What many found, however, was that the obtuse store and difficulty to transfer these virtually purchases is frustrating. The Switch needs a better online store, as well as the ability to buy a game once and be able to carry it forward onto future consoles. Buying the same ancient games over and over, even at a low price, is inexcusable. The system should introduce a unified account system, like PSN and Xbox Live, that ties purchases together for all future consoles. This would also be a great way to allow people who loose their Switch to re-download their purchased games onto a new Switch or future console.

Battery Life

This is a small detail that can make or break the portable experience. Nintendo should be upfront and give a nailed down number of hours we can expect on the road. For such a huge component of the console, anything below 5 hours of playtime would be devastating, with expectations likely hanging a little higher.


The sooner we know the answer to these questions the better. With only a few weeks until March, there are a lot of question marks surrounding Nintendo’s flagship console that one can only hope will be answered on Thursday.

Justinas Staskevicius is a freelance writer based in Montreal, Canada. His stories about antifascists, eSports and benefit concerts have graced publications including Goomba Stomp, GigSoup and CULT MTL

Leave a comment below.

Latest Posts

MGM and Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc. have released the first trailer for Tomb Raider, which features Alicia Vikander as the iconic video game heroine.

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 110: How to Get a Job Writing About Video Games, Animal...

This week on the NXpress Nintendo podcast, a few of the editors from Goomba Stomp offer some advice for aspiring writers who are trying...
Mom and Dad

TIFF 2017: ‘Mom and Dad’ Reflects On Youth Through Brutality

It's easy to just enjoy the ride of 'Mom and Dad,' but there's an uneasy feeling at the center of the film that makes it occasionally difficult to wrestle with.

TIFF 2017: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Questions The Necessity Of Violence

'Three Billboards' takes itself to Hell and back in order to present a textured portrayal of grief and culpability in a small community.
super hydorah

‘Super Hydorah’: One of the Greatest Shoot-Em-Ups Ever Made

Locomalito has once again created an unforgettable experience that stands head and shoulders above the competition.

Walking Within Visions of Gothic and Cosmic Horror in ‘Bloodborne’

Via visual storytelling, Bloodborne writes the perfect epitaph for the world in which you now hunt; a world that is not yet dead but is instead in the process of dying.

AMC Releases ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Key Art, Synopsis and a Special Featurette...

AMC has released the official key art for the highly anticipated eighth season of The Walking Dead, which returns Sunday, October 22 at 9:00 p.m....
light fall

‘Light Fall’ Coming to Nintendo Switch

Light fall has been announced for the Nintendo Switch, having previously been announced for Windows, Mac, PlayStation, and Xbox.
Final Fantasy IX

‘Final Fantasy IX’ is an Often Overlooked Classic

It seems like Final Fantasy IX was destined to be overlooked right from the outset. The game was released for the original PlayStation after the PlayStation 2 was out and selling like warm buns, and the high fantasy setting was in stark contrast to the popular cyber-punk and more realistic settings of FFVII and VIII (two of the best selling entries in the whole series).