What’s In The Box
The Nintendo Switch will come in two bundles that are exactly the same, expect that one comes with red and blue neon Joy-Con controllers instead of the traditional greyish-black ones. In addition to the console itself, the Switch will come with a left and right Joy-Con, the Nintendo Switch Dock, a Joy-Con Grip, an AC adapter, HDMI cable, and Joy-Con straps, which add a L and R button for increased functionality.
The Online Service
While light on actual details, Nintendo did confirm that the Switch will have an all-new online service. At launch, the service will be free (a trial period, if you will) but come Fall 2017, it will transition to a paid service. Similarly to PS Plus and Xbox Live, Nintendo’s service will give subscribers at least one free NES or SNES game each month and some of these games will even have newly-added online features. Additionally, it looks like Nintendo will finally make it easier to interact with friends online, as they’ve confirmed game invites, the ability to set play appointments, and chat, but it remains to be seen how it will compare to online services offered on other consoles.
One of the big concerns people have had with the Switch ever since it was first announced back in October has been the screen’s battery life and on that front, things admittedly aren’t great. Nintendo claims that the Switch can achieve up to 6 hours of battery life on one charge, but results will vary wildly depending on how it is being used. For instance, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, arguably the console’s most anticipated game, can only be played for 3 hours on a single charge. Fortunately, the screen can be charged on the go by plugging in the included AC adapter.