It’s surprising that Nintendo’s iconic mascot hasn’t received a console of its own yet, but better late than never with the arrival of this limited edition bundle alongside the release of a new platformer next month. Nintendo has spent the last few months unveiling a whole host of Mario goodies to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. coming to the NES.
Now, they’re capping off the celebrations with two final announcements: a brand new Switch edition and an extended trailer for Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury.
Overview of Nintendo Switch Mario Edition
Nintendo has unveiled a new Nintendo Switch Mario Edition Red and Blue Edition console, and it’s as fetching as you might expect.
The special edition hardware will be available at select retailers on February 12, and will be sold for a suggested retail price of $299.99 (£279.99/AU$399).
While no games are included, you do get a snazzy carrying case to protect your console while you’re on the move.
Strangely, the console itself is actually exclusively red, with black face buttons.
The Nintendo Switch dock is also red, with the blue element only being found on one side of the carrying case, on the Joy-Con controller straps, and when using the Joy-Con Grip.
The bundle was unveiled earlier today alongside a new trailer for Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, and will be launching with it on February 12.
Chances are it will be available in small quantities with collector’s keen to snap it up very quickly.
Sadly, it doesn’t come with a copy of 3D World, you’ll need to pick that up alongside Mario’s other games separately if you’re hoping for something to play on the new hardware.
The upcoming port will feature the beloved Wii U platformer in all its glory, while also introducing new content built in the Super Mario Odyssey engine.
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Nintendo Switch: Price and Availability
The standard Nintendo Switch was originally launched in March 2017, with the revised version debuting in July 2019.
It’s available with either Neon Red and Neon Blue or gray Joy-Con controllers, and has a list price of $299.99 (£279.99).
There never tend to be huge discounts on Switch consoles, even during big sales, but you can sometimes find it with a few dollars or pounds off when it’s bundled with one or more games.
For comparison, the Switch Lite costs $199.99 (£199.99), and comes in a choice of more pastel color options for the whole console.
You can buy the Switch from many popular retailers, including Amazon U.S., Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Walmart in the United States; or Argos, and Currys, or the Nintendo Store in the United Kingdom.
Nintendo also offers some limited edition Switches with special designs, for example, the Animal Crossing: New Horizons-themed one below.
Nintendo Switch: Specs
With the Joy-Cons attached, the Switch measures 4 x 9.4 x 0.55 inches (10.1 x 23.8 x 1.3 centimeters) and weighs 0.88 pounds (around 400 grams), making it the smallest and lightest main console of this generation.
The built-in display is a 720p LCD screen and is also a touch screen, with the processing handled by an Nvidia custom Tegra CPU.
Both Joy-Con controllers use rechargeable batteries, estimated to have a 20-hour life and to charge to full capacity in around 3.5 hours.
You can power up the Joy-Cons by either plugging them into the side rails in the main Switch console or into various specially designed accessories, most of which are sold separately.
(The system comes with a single Joy-Con holder, which approximates the look and feel of a traditional controller.)
The Nintendo Switch is not as powerful as the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One, let alone the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X.
However, thanks to its popular exclusive franchises and unique play opportunities, the Switch doesn’t have to match the competition’s graphical abilities to draw in players.
Nintendo Switch Mario Edition: Is There More to Come?
The new console ties in with Nintendo’s ongoing Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary celebrations, which have seen the company release Super Mario 3D All-Stars.
That collection includes Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy, but it’s only available until March 31st.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, a re-release of the Wii U game with additional content, continues the plumbing hero’s anniversary shindig, and you can check out a new trailer below.
The game arrives on Nintendo Switch on February 12, the same day as the new Nintendo Switch Mario Red and Blue console.
Nintendo Switch continues to be one of the most popular devices, and with games such as Breath of the Wild 2 and Metroid Prime 4 still to come, there’s plenty of life left in Nintendo’s hybrid console.
But will we see a Nintendo Switch 2 now that the PS5 and Xbox Series X are here? Nintendo is pretty good at keeping things under wraps, but we’ll be on the lookout for any new details.