Yes, Nintendo Switch lets you browse other regions' eShops

Lucy Hill
March 3, 2017

At the time of writing, if we search Nintendo Switch, console pre-orders are being sold from $450 to $750. With games themselves retailing at $60, you can expect to spend a minimum of $400 on a new Switch setup.

There's a lot of excitement in the air for tonight's launch of the Nintendo Switch - but just how successful will it be this year? More specifically, those in possession of a Switch and games are tasting the game cartridges.

The launch is Nintendo's first new console since the Wii U was released in 2012 and has widely received positive reviews ahead of its debut. "Hidden costs" Prior to Nintendo's official announcement, analysts had expected the Switch to retail somewhere between $250 and $280, making it competitive with Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4. Turns out, that's for a very good reason. However, the key to a console's success is what kind of third-party support it has - numerous industry's biggest sellers are created by companies like Electronic Arts ("Madden" franchise) and Activision ("Call of Duty" franchise), who aren't beholden to one system. One of the most endearing aspects of the Switch has been Nintendo's laser focus on pure gaming experiences, without the desire to act as a media hub or a web browser. "Soda Shaker" for instance will destroy friendships, and I love it.

Nevertheless, the Switch's 5 million figure will likely be crushed before spring is out, assuming Nintendo has proper supply for the demand. Even though "Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" is one of them and is fantastic, gamers are still hoping for more game titles. As far back as Game Gear, or the original Game Boy, we've been kicking it mobile long before phones received anything more enticing than a game of Snake (and no, I don't mean MGS).

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For some unknown reason, one of the reviewers chose to lick the game cartridge to see what it tasted like.

Customers are also encouraged to visit their local ToysRus stores physically and place orders for the launch. This is a game that will get tons of replay value, and will be an instant fan favourite at any party. That should give you six months before having to shell out at least.

The Joy-Con controllers can also be split in half to enable two players to compete against each other.

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