More Nintendo Switch Rumours Surface


There is just two weeks until the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017, but that hasn’t meant that Nintendo Switch rumours have had a chance to subside.

Laura Kate Dale joined YouTuber OBE1plays for a 30-minute discussion in which she shared some more tidbits about the home gaming system, directly responding to viewer questions.

We have broken down the main points that were covered below:

Nintendo Switch Console

  • The Nintendo Switch Console will have a 3-hour battery life when running at full clock speed in portable mode.
  • Nintendo is relying on the fact that the Console uses a USB-C connection will reassure consumers that it can be recharged quickly when needed.
  • The Console supports Bluetooth connections, although it is unclear how this will be used.
  • The Nintendo Switch entry bundle will have 32GB built-in storage, but Micro SD Memory Cards will let you expand this to 128GB.
  • The left Joy-Con Controller has a Share button that will allow players to share screenshots and gameplay footage on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

Nintendo Switch Games

  • Splatoon will have the same content seen in the Wii U version, but will add more local multiplayer elements to encourage sessions across multiple Nintendo Switch systems.
  • Mass Effect Andromeda will not see release on Nintendo Switch, as EA were disappointed at how poorly Mass Effect 3: Special Edition sold on Wii U.
  • Rockstar Games are not confident in releasing titles on Nintendo Switch, so don’t expect that Red Dead Redemption 2 is in development for the platform.
  • Due to the game’s heavy online focus, don’t expect that Overwatch will release on Nintendo Switch – at least not in time for the console’s launch.

Nintendo Switch User Interface

  • The Nintendo Switch user interface is similar to Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in that it will be tile-based.

Nintendo Network

  • Friend Codes are gone, the “business and capital alliance” with DeNA seeing the company work with Nintendo to improve online connectivity options.

Virtual Console

  • GameCube games will be available on the Nintendo Switch Virtual Console service at launch, with three games likely to be available – Eurogamer reported that these will be Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion, and Super Smash Bros. Melee.
  • These can be played at their original resolution.
  • Players will be able to create Restore Points as on the Wii U Virtual Console service, letting them return to a save state.

Nintendo Switch Accessories

  • There will only be grey Joy-Con Controllers available at launch, but there is an expectation that more colours will be released over time to allow consumers to personalise the Console.
  • The right Joy-Con Controller has an IR Sensor which can be used to replicate touch screen functionality when the Nintendo Switch Console is placed in the Nintendo Switch Dock. Think along the same lines as the Wii Remote.
  • Joy-Con Controllers will be available to purchase separately from launch.
  • The Nintendo Switch Dock will be available to purchase separately six months from launch.

Switch Pro Controller

  • The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller will not be included in any Nintendo Switch Console bundles – although retailer’s may do so themselves.

Nintendo Switch will release worldwide in March 2017.

Written by
After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.


  1. 3 hour battery life = PITIFUL. Unlocked mode = GIMMICK
    A handheld is meant to be portable
    No robust online at launch? Have they not learned anything?
    I guess not, the system won’t even be as powerful as the XBONE
    The interface will be similar to the Wii U? Back to the 90s we go
    The microscopic Joy-Cons will be forced upon us unless we buy Pro Controllers? Why not bundle them?

    The more rumours I hear bout the Switch the more likely it is that I’ll just buy a Lenovo IdeaCentre Y900 RE.

  2. Based on this: The right Joy-Con Controller has an IR Sensor which can be used to replicate touch screen functionality when the Nintendo Switch Console is placed in the Nintendo Switch Dock. Think along the same lines as the Wii Remote.

    I gather the switch screen will be a touch screen? Like WiiU? I didn’t hear this being either confirmed or denied as of yet.


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