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($417.99 at Amazon.com) 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, June 30: 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.
ThinkGeek has 10 different Switch bundles that you can preorder, the cheapest of which is $420, and of all of which include Zelda. The store told CNET it has “thousands” of consoles available, but wouldn’t be more specific. The bundles are slated to ship in late July, but are limited to the US.
Third-party sellers also have units at Walmart’s site, too. Switch consoles start at around $450 (about £350 or AU$600) with various shipping charges.
Jet has the Switch for varying prices, depending on how many you buy, and free shipping. You can also find it at Chunk Toys. Its prices change from week to week, but typically the console goes for around $450. Chuck offers various shipping options.
In Australia, EB Games is selling the Switch for AU$470, with AU$8 shipping, but it does not ship overseas. It also has several different bundle options to choose from. It also has the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for AU$100.
Amazon UK had the system available for £279 with free shipping to buyers in the UK, but is currently out of stock. Amazon US has units available through third-party sellers, starting at around $380 new with varying shipping charges, depending on the seller.
Once you have the console, there’s no problem getting hold of games. You can order several of them through Walmart’s website, and GameStop, for example, has a wide range of Switch games and accessories you can purchase online.
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’s online gaming services is currently free for a trial period, but will become a subscription service in 2018. Nintendo says almost all of the games will need a paid service subscription to play online.in the US (about £15 or AU$30). Prices for other countries have yet to be announced.
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. 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.
Additional games include, Dragon Quest Heroes 1 and 2, Project Octopath Traveler, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, FIFA, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Fire Emblem Warriors.
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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