The curtain on Nintendo Switch has finally been raised.
And while someone like me, who has really no other reason for living besides Nintendo, can sit and watch the presentation, others may just want to know the highlights.
1. $300 console
The Nintendo Switch will be released on March 3rd, 2017, and the price set for it (in North America) is $299.99.
Its predecessor, the Wii U was also sold for $299.99 for Basic, and the Deluxe was sold at $349.99
2. You can play it on your smart phone
Online multiplayer will be accessible through smart phones, and will be given a free trial period. Once the trial period is over, Nintendo's online services will be paid, starting Fall 2017. They haven't decided on a price yet.
3. Region Locking
For the first time ever on a Nintendo console, there will be no region locking!
This is very exciting, because when it comes to Nintendo, we've usually had a major decision, Pal (UK version) or NTSC (American version).
It doesn't seem like a big deal, but the games that are released on these different versions come out at different times, and sometimes are very hard to find.
So, I'm very happy that they've removed this (almost) archaic region locking, and are moving into the future.
4. Nintendo's Past coming into play
The leading developer of Nintendo software, Shinya Takahashi, explained that for the Nintendo Switch, they've used a part of Nintendo DNA from each and every past console.
Takahashi explains every little part that goes to the Switch, from the two controllers in the NES, the analog stick from the N64, to the gamepad in the Wii U.
All these little things that make Nintendo different from the usual crowd have been integrated into one system.
5. Three different game styles
The Switch has been described as, "A home console gaming system that gives you the freedom to change your play style"
Why is that? Because it has 3 different gaming styles:
A. TV Mode
B. Tabletop Mode:
C. Handheld Mode:
The first way is the most conventional, which obviously is just playing on the TV.
But what makes the Switch interesting are the other styles it has, being the tabletop mode, where you can take the game outside, and share with a friend, or the handheld mode where this at home console becomes like Nintendo's previous handhelds, such as the Gameboy or the DS.
The screen that allows you to switch (get it?) from TV mode to the other modes is reported to have from 2.5 to 6 hours of battery life.
In terms of multiplayer, the handheld Switches can connect over wifi and there may be up to 8 connections.
6. The Joy-Con
As always, Nintendo is always trying to create new things, be a leading example, especially in the controller world.
That's where the Joy-Con comes in, which is what you attach to the Switch to make it portable.
The Joy-Con controllers are very advanced with rumble packs and cameras (as seen in the photo above), and can also become two fully functioning independent controllers.
When you start using them that way, you can "Share the Joy" and play with other people, as seen in Tabletop mode.
7. An awesome line-up of games
Games are obviously the most important part of any console, and the Nintendo Switch has a very good line up.
Let's start with the one everyone is most excited about.
The Legend of Zelda - Breath of the Wild (March 3rd)
The latest installment of the Zelda series has been long awaited, and is finally coming to the Switch (and the Wii U) on the same day it's being launched.
1-2-Switch (March 3rd)
As was the case with Wii Sports on the Wii, a game is usually featured where it shows you how the console's uniqueness can be used to the fullest.
That is what 1-2-Switch is about, it's a game where you don't even need the screen, all you need is an opponent and the Joy-Con controller.
Super Mario Odyssey
Here in our Nintendo fangirl HQ, we have been dying for a new Nintendo game, and Nintendo delivers!
Super Mario Odyssey shows Mario, not in his usual Mushroom Kingdom, but in the streets of New York and other really weird places.
I can't wait to try it out with that new special hat of his!.
Among other games mentioned, we have a fighting-sports game named ARMS, Splatoon 2 (based off the widely popular online game Splatoon on the Wii U), Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Fire Emblem Warriors.
In addition to the games being developed by Nintendo, third party developers, such as Square Enix (Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest) and EA Sports (Fifa) have also jumped on the Switch bandwagon, and there are over 80 games in development.
All in all, the presentation was thrilling, exciting, and I have this overwhelming sense of pride.
If you'd like to know more, and in detail, you should take some time out of your day and watch the Nintendo presentation.
It's quite impressive. Watch it down below.