Nintendo Switch Release Date and Price

The Nintendo Switch live stream is over, and we finally know more details about the console, like the price and date. The console will hit the shelves on March 3rd worldwide, and the retail price is $299. The price in Japan is ¥29.980, and the price in Europe will vary from retailer to retailer.

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Nintendo Switch Release Date and Price
Nintendo Switch Release Date and Price

Here are some other pricings that we know about so far:

  • U.K.: £279.99
  • Australia: AU$469.95
  • Canada: CA$399.99
  • France: €349.99
  • Italy: €329.99

You can check out the snippet from the live stream discussing the prices in the video below.

The press conference didn’t mention any of the hardware specs. However, we know that it comes with 32 GB of internal storage, and the touchscreen is 720p. The console’s battery life is between two and six hours, depending on the game that you’re playing. There are two versions of the console available: one with gray Joy Con controllers, and one with neon Joy Cons, red and blue. If this seems a little underwhelming to you, I can’t fault you at all.

You can pre-order Nintendo Switch in Nintendo NY, starting at 9 AM ET on January 13th. The store is located in New York’s Rockefeller Plaza. The store will be accepting only a limited amount of pre-order reservations, so if you’re not there already, you’re probably too late.

That’s not the only major Switch event in New York, however. There’s an upcoming public hands-on event on January 15th. It’s a good time to be a Nintendo fan in the Big Apple this week. If you’re not there this weekend, don’t worry. A nationwide tour will follow. There will also be two preview events on Thursday and Friday, but those two are press-only and invitation-only, respectively.

Nintendo first announced the Switch back in October 2016. The promotional video showcased the console’s portable-and-docked hybrid abilities. Before that, the console was known as the Nintendo NX.

What do you think about the Nintendo Switch? Any plans to get your hands on it? Do you think it’s worth the $300 price tag? Tell us in the comments!

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A language teacher and video game enthusiast turned rogue, Joe is on a quest to become the ultimate gaming journalist. This is somewhat hampered by his belief that the golden age of gaming ended with the PlayStation One, but he doesn't let that stop him. His favorite games include Soul Reaver and Undertale. Other interests are D'n'D, dad rock, complaining about movies, and being the self-appointed office funny man, which nobody else agrees with.



  1. O

    Wow, “one to sic hours” someone spell check this dude!

    1. O

      “two to sic hours” even I miss quoted, lol someone spot me too.

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