Nintendo Switch Retail Specs, Packaging & Battery Life Revealed

Nintendo finally answered some of the questions about the Nintendo Switch that we had been asking since last Fall’s reveal trailer. We know how the console will charge, how long the battery life will last and finally what exactly awaits owners of the new Tablet hybrid console once they unpack the box on March 3rd.

Charging – Nintendo Switch will charge using a standard USB Type C cable and wall-plug adapter.

Battery Life will last between 3 hours and 6 hours depending on the game being played and other factors.

Up to 8 Nintendo Switch consoles can be linked for local play via Wireless.

The $299.99 USD retail package going on sale on March 3rd includes:

  • Nintendo Switch Tablet
  • Joy-Con (in either color)
  • Joycon Grip
  • Two Joycon Wrist Straps
  • AC Adaptor
  • HDMI Cable

Those looking to buy some of these accessories are in for a heck of a surprise including the fact that the Joycons aren’t sold as a set but rather individually. The Verge had an excellent rundown of just how out of touch Nintendo’s accessory pricing is – and a reminder that these prices are in USD, so for those of us in Canada these prices are going to be even worse. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Joycons are sold separately for $49.99 USD each – meaning for a complete set you need to buy both a left and right Joycon. Seriously Nintendo $100 USD for an extra set of controllers? Why are these not packaged together?
  • The Nintendo Switch Dock, which is just a powered HDMI box that provides no additional CPU processing power or memory to the console, will be priced at $90 USD… Ninty dollars for a plastic dock that acts as a pass through for your television…
  • Pro controllers will cost $69.99 USD.

What do you think of these pricey accessories, less than stellar battery life figures and sparse launch line-up? Let us know in the comments section!

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