The Nintendo Switch will definitely be coming without pack-in games, according to new confirmation from Nintendo briefing correspondent Takashi Mochizuki
Fans who are looking to pick up a Nintendo Switch when it releases next month might be disappointed to learn that the newest console on the market will be sold without any games included – even so much as a demo.
While the console boasts a reasonable entry price into the market, it seems that Nintendo have decided not to include a pack-in game for those who want to get their hands on the newest technology. This latest Nintendo Switch news comes courtesy of briefing correspondent Takashi Mochizuki of the Wall Street Journal who confirmed the Japanese company’s announcement on Twitter.
Nintendo confirmed Switch comes with no software at all, even demo or trials games.
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) January 31, 2017
This announcement is particularly surprising when considering that both the Nintendo Wii and the Wii U came bundled with games upon their respective releases. Considering the popularity of the pack-in title Wii Sports, it seems that the newly-revealed 1-2 Switch would make an ideal game to launch alongside the company’s new hardware. It’ll be interesting to see whether the party game has enough substance to hold player interest now that it’s confirmed to be a separate purchase for the consumer.
Of course, this likely won’t stop retailers from creating their own offers, allowing fans to get their hands on one of the console’s relatively few launch titles when purchasing their own Switch. As well as this, the highly-anticipated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is sure to bring more than just a few fans on board with buying the setup at launch, as well as one or two of its games.
Although the console won’t be coming alongside titles of any kind, Nintendo fans will be able to get their hands on a free classic game every month as part of the new subscription-based online service. However, those games will only be free and available for that month, meaning that there’s no way to keep your freebie once it has been taken down. Players who are looking to pick up only one or two titles at launch should still enjoy the service however, as it will add some variety to the software usable with their new Switch.
In other Nintendo Switch related news, one Game Rant editor had the chance to go hands-on with the upcoming console, and our review of the new hardware leaves us cautiously optimistic about the future of the hardware. Only time will tell whether the Switch will be worth the purchase, especially since it seems that fans will have to fork out a little more cash for their games.
The Nintendo Switch arrives in stores on March 3, 2017.