Important PSA: DON'T skin your Nintendo Switch

Important PSA: DON'T skin your Nintendo Switch

Pre-orders came flooding in when the Japanese company announced its US release.

Nintendo Switch has officially launched today worldwide and retails at $299 for the standard edition.

The initial online pre-order of the Nintendo Switch has sold out and launch day is the best option to get a Switch in stores or online. That incorporates more titles that don't appear other places, especially games that haven't already been on other consoles for years. The company is refunding anyone who bought a skin for the Nintendo Switch and for the Joy-Cons.

The Nintendo Switch will allow fans to play their digital games on other units under certain conditions. With what gamers are used to at this point, this seemed like it was a necessity, rather than a unique selling point; the last few editions of the Xbox and PlayStation have had fantastic online functionality, and Nintendo even tried to integrate it into the Wii U, to no avail. They say that it will be enough to "move these devices three to four feet away from the Nintendo Switch console and/or Joy-Con controllers". We've traveled a long way from the days of patiently and carefully navigating save menus and caring for memory cards so as not to overwrite or corrupt the endless ours poured into our favorite games, but somehow the Switch makes that past feel closer than it should be. Despite promises of 80 impending titles and strong support from third-party games makers, the launch line-up was thin with just two titles: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and 1-2 Switch.

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On Friday, hundreds of people gathered outside stores in Tokyo to buy the new console, which went out of stock in some shops shortly after sales began, according to media reports.

Other Nintendo franchises are also coming to the Switch in the near future, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (a port of the Wii-U game coming in April), Splatoon 2 (this summer), and Mario (Super Mario Odyssey is scheduled for this Christmas).

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Nintendo was coy on when these alternatives will be rolled out, and whether the Friend Code system might be removed from Switch altogether. It's a fun collection of mini games that for the most part do a really good job to show off the potential of Nintendo's new Joy-Cons.