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The Nintendo Switch is, without question, a family oriented console. Part of this is based on Nintendo’s sparkling reputation and history. The other part comes from their upcoming Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app.

Nintendo announced at their Switch reveal event that they would be releasing an app alongside the Nintendo Switch that would give parents a significant level of control over the games their children play.

The app gives parents enhanced control over their children’s gameplay in three primary ways.

Age Limits/Social Media Access

Parents have the ability to limit the content that their children can access based on ESRB ratings. They can also limit what types of sharing they can do on social media channels that may be linked to their Switch.

Time Limits

First, it gives parents the ability to set a time limit on their children’s playtime. This timer can be set on a per day basis and changed at any time. For example, you could give your child more time to play on Saturdays and you can manually adjust the game time if you want to reward them for good behavior.

The timer just pops a message up on the screen by default. But, parents will have the option to have the game system go into a sleep mode when the timer goes off. That puts an end to the kid’s gaming session immediately.

Reporting

The app will also provide parents with reports about the Switch’s usage. This way you’ll know what games and apps were accessed during a given period of time. This may be somewhat less helpful if multiple people share the same Switch. But, families with only one user will be able to enjoy detailed reports. Knowing the games that your kids enjoy is a great way to help pick new games and to help discuss the games they love.

The fact that Nintendo has gone out of their way to create a legitimate app to help provide more control over children’s gaming is impressive. This puts them head and shoulders above the other gaming companies when it comes to providing a gaming experience parents can feel comfortable about.

Stay tuned to EFG for more info about the Nintendo Switch as we get closer to launch!

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Nintendo held a reveal event for the Nintendo Switch on January 12th, 2017. During the event they revealed the prices for several of the accessories that would be sold separately from the Switch console itself. This includes things like the Switch Pro Controller, extra Joy-Cons, and the Switch dock.

The prices revealed are:

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller — $69.99

 

Joy-Con Controller Sets — $79.99

Individual Left (L) or Right (R) Joy-Con Controllers — $49.99

Joy-Con Charging Grip — $29.99

Nintendo Switch Dock Set — $89.99

Joy-Con Wheel (Set of 2) — $19.99

These prices are pretty high, and I am sure that this will be a pain point for families. Here’s hoping that third parties come through with generic versions of some of these products sooner rather than later.

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Nintendo held a press event in Tokyo on January 12th, 2017 where they announced all of the pertinent details for their upcoming console, the Nintendo Switch. We learned several of the broad strokes about the console in a video that Nintendo released in the fall.

We knew that the Switch hardware consisted of a tablet that could be played on the go using a pair of detachable Joy-Con controllers or docked using a special cradle and played on a TV. They left a lot out of the initial video, and while we still don’t know everything, we now know a heck of a lot more.

Here is what we know now:

The Release Date

The Nintendo Switch will launch on March 3rd, 2017. It was available for preorder at several retailers initially, but quickly sold out.

The Price

The Nintendo Switch will sell, in North America, for a suggested retail price of $299.99. Nintendo will also sell a suite of accessories like additional controllers, cords, and docks separately.

The Modes of Play

The Nintendo Switch can be played in three different ways.

First, you can play in home console mode. This is where the console is docked and you play the game using either the Joy-Cons in the special Joy-Con grip or with a Switch Pro Controller.

Second, you can play in tabletop mode. This is where the console is not docked by is propped up using a built in kickstand. Players can then play games using the Joy-Cons or the Pro controller.

Lastly, you can play in handheld mode. This is where the console is not docked and players attach the two Joy-Cons to either side of the tablet and play it similarly to a 3DS or a PlayStation Vita.

The Battery Life

The console will charge while docked, but while being used undocked in either tabletop mode or in handheld mode the battery will last between two and a half to six hours depending on the game being played and its hardware requirements. (Put simply, that means that more graphically intense games like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Skyrim will drain the battery faster than simple puzzle games.)

Online Multiplayer

Nintendo will be offering a premium service for online play in its games. The service will work using a separate smart-phone or tablet device and will allow for friend-finding, matchmaking, and voice chat. The premium service will also grant players access to one virtual console game per month from either the NES or the SNES. We do not know the price for this premium service at this time, but it is worth noting that the service will be free initially.

Joy-Cons

The two controllers that come with the console are far more advanced than we thought they would be when the console was first announced.

They include a feature called HD Rumble which is intended to help players feel more specific sensations than just shaking. For example, you will be able to feel ice cubes rattling around in a glass, or the pressure of objects as your grip them. Each Joy-Con also functions as a game controller that can be used for multiplayer games as well. They even come with a wrist strap that slides on and not only helps with motion controls, but also makes the Joy-Con larger and easier to wrap your hands around.

 

Stay tuned for more coverage of the Nintendo Switch as we get closer to launch!

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Nintendo held a special event at 11pm EST in Tokyo to help announce all of the details for their upcoming console the Nintendo Switch.

They posted a brief YouTube video in the Fall that gave some of the high level details of the device, namely that it is a hybrid between a handheld device and a home console. But, it was light on specifics.

Below you can see the livestream of the event (that has obviously concluded) that is now posted on YouTube.

Stay tuned for more coverage of the Nintendo Switch here on EFG as we get closer to launch day!

 

 

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