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New Zelda will reportedly be Nintendo Switch launch game

Sources at Nintendo affirm the new Zelda will be a launch title on the Nintendo Switch
By: Derek Strickland | Gaming News | Posted: Jan 5, 2017 11:24 am

Nintendo has apparently had a change of heart, realizing that its new handheld and console Switch hybrid needs the strongest possible launch game lineup. As such the Japanese console-maker has chosen to accelerate its game plan for the new Zelda adventure on the Switch platform.

 

 

Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be a Nintendo Switch day one launch game in North America and Japan when the system releases in March 2017, sources at Nintendo have told Eurogamer. We originally reported that the new Zelda game wouldn't meet the Switch's March 2017 launch due to Nintendo needing extra time to optimize the game on yesteryear Wii U consoles.

 

Although the game is expected to release alongside the Switch's march debut, there's a chance that Zelda: Breath of the Wild could be delayed on the Switch in Europe. I'm also curious whether or not Breath of the Wild will launch on Wii U simultaneously in JP and NA, or if that version will be delayed along with the European Switch version.

 

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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.

 

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As always, nothing has been confirmed, so take this with a grain of salt. Nintendo will set the record straight and reveal full Switch specs, pricing, and launch games lineup during its special event planned on January 13, so keep a look out in the coming days for our in-depth coverage.

 

The Nintendo Switch will release in March 2017, likely for a $199 and $249 price point.

 

At TweakTown we've extensively covered all Switch reports and news, and you can find a full catalog of our content here. You can also scroll down below for a bullet list of all the pertinent details.

 

The Nintendo Switch launches in March 2017, possibly at a $249 and $299 price point, with a major reveal including full specs, launch lineup and more being held on January 13-15, 2017. Check below for everything we know about the Nintendo Switch so far, including confirmed details, analyses, rumors, specs and more.

 

 

Everything we know about Nintendo Switch so far:

 

NEWS SOURCES:Eurogamer.net

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