Nintendo's Switch Pro controller is refined, but not ideal

Owen Stevens
Января 20, 2017

Not only was the Wii U the worst-selling major home console in history, Nintendo also shunned the smartphone market for years.

Much like PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live, you'll need the Nintendo Switch Online Service to play multiplayer games online.

It's unclear whether we'll get local Australia pricing and release details today or at a local hands-on event (that we're attending) that's happening tomorrow. For the most part, it's for fun, but it's what we're hoping to see and expect to see with a few surprises along the way.

The Japanese firm said it will launch the Switch, a hybrid home console and handheld device, on March 3.

How does the Switch work?

The former will launch simultaneously on the Nintendo Wii U, while the latter appears to be the usual Nintendo launch title meant to showcase an intriguing new controller via mini-games.

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All of the processing power in the Switch lies within the tablet portion, with an HDMI-connected charging dock, and a pair of Joy-Con controllers that can be removed from the sides of the console. The days of having to pause a game so someone else can watch TV are over - you can just grab the tablet and carry on playing.

Nintendo also showed off the Nintendo Switch "Pro" controller during its official unveiling of the system.

The entry-level package will come with the Switch console, Switch dock, two Joy-Con controllers (one for each hand) including wrist straps, and a grip that combines the two Joy-Cons in a traditional controller form factor. The Pro controller, on its own, weighs in at $70. The Joy-Con controllers will also feature a "Share" button which will - at launch - allow users to share screenshots with the touch of a button. And Splatoon 2 will land "this summer" looking, well, nearly identical to its solid Wii U version (and won't include any overblown Joy Con-related control tweaks, other than the same gyro-based control options that the Wii U version already has).

The Switch's portable display will pull double-duty as a multi-touch screen, borrowing from the DNA of the Nintendo DS.

Nintendo previously said it expects to ship 2 million Switch consoles by the end of March.

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