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Nintendo Switch to launch March 17, according to leaks

Nintendo Switch's release date has been pinpointed thanks to an apparent leaked presentation sheet
By: Derek Strickland | Gaming News | Posted: Jan 9, 2017 9:27 am

A copy of the Nintendo Switch Presentation's schedule sheet has apparently been leaked onto the internet, revealing that Nintendo's new handheld-and-console Switch hybrid may release on March 17--and that Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be a launch game.

 

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If authentic, the presentation sheet also shows off which games will be available on the Switch's launch, and throughout 2017. We have no way of confirming this information, so take it with a grain of salt.

 

While the sheet doesn't explicitly say the Switch will launch on March 17, 2017, it does have many games listed for said date, and I highly doubt the games would release before the actual system. It's likely that the games listed for March 17 will compliment the system's official launch, and include games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a special port of Mario Kart 8, a Splatoon port called "Counterattack," and a new Super Mario RPRG spliced with Ubisoft's Rabbids.

 

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The launch games include:

 

  • Mario Kart 8: Switch It
  • Splatoon: Counterattack
  • Super Mario RPG: Rabbids Invasion
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

 

We expect the Nintendo Switch to launch March 17, 2017 in a possible $199 basic SKU and a $249 premium SKU.

 

Here at TweakTown we've been covering the Switch extensively, so you can check below for a huge list of everything we know about the console including possible specs and performance, hardware features, games and more.

 

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Expected Nintendo Switch specs and performance

 

(Note: most of this information has not been officially confirmed)

 

Console Mode

 

  • Chip type: highly-customized, revamped Tegra, possbily 20nm Maxwell or 16nm Pascal
  • Power: USB Type-C, charged docked
  • Video out: HDMI
  • GPU clock: 768MHz (max, could be variable based on game/app/program, won't always hit max perf)
  • CPU clock: 1020MHz (consistent perf)
  • System RAM: 4GB unified memory (unified VRAM and DRAM)
  • Resolution output: native 1080p switched over from handheld's 720p resolution
  • Unreal Engine 4 GFX display settings: High

 

Handheld Mode

 

  • Chip type: highly-customized, revamped Tegra, possbily 20nm Maxwell or 16nm Pascal
  • Power: USB Type-C, external charger
  • Video out: N/A
  • GPU clock: downclocked to 302MHz (maximum based on game/app/program, won't always hit max perf)
  • CPU clock: 1020MHz (consistent perf)
  • System RAM: 4GB unified memory (unified VRAM and DRAM)
  • Battery Life: ~3 Hours?
  • Resolution output: 720p resolution in 6.2-inch tablet handheld
  • Unreal Engine 4 GFX display settings: Medium

 

Nintendo Switch Info and Specs

 

  • Nintendo Switch handheld tablet uses non-removable, rechargable 3.7V Li-Ion battery
  • Both 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11ac MIMO Wi-Fi supported
  • No LTE/cellular internet support
  • USB Type-C confirmed
  • No Ethernet port in the Switch cradle/dock, requires USB-to-ethernet adapter, compatible with Wii's LAN adapter
  • Switch handheld supports MicroSD for expanded memory
  • Laptops can be hooked directly to the cradle
  • Detachable JoyPad controllers are connected via Bluetooth
  • Low-power Bluetooth, likely Bluetooth 4.0 +
  • AC Adapter output (from dock to handheld) DC 5 V - DC 15 V, 2.6 A - Switch has max power draw of 39W while charging on cradle, supports Type-C quick-charge*
  • AC Adapter input (from wall to dock) AC 100 - 240 V, 50 / 60 Hz, 1 A - standardized power, hinting the Switch may be region-free (the Wii U's adapter, however, is similarly rated and isn't region-free)

 

*Basic formula to convert volts to watts is Watts = Volts x Amps, so we plug in the Switch's 15V times the 2.6A to get 39W, meaning the Switch will draw a max of 39W while docked.

 

 

Everything we know about Nintendo Switch so far:

 

NEWS SOURCES:Twitter.com

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