Nintendo Switch: SA launch date, pricing announced

Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Switch

Johannesburg - The highly anticipated hybrid console, the Nintendo Switch, will be available in South Africa from March 3 with a R5 599 price tag. 

The Switch is the seventh console from Nintendo and can be connected to a television, but its controllers can also be detached and connected to a handheld tablet, which can then be used as the primary gaming display. 

The SA launch coincides with Nintendo’s global launch of the console.  

READ: Nintendo offers sneak peek of its 'Switch' console

The Nintendo Switch will be distributed locally by Core Group Africa. 

“Nintendo Switch offers a completely new gaming experience that South Africans will love - we are thrilled to introduce this unique gaming console locally at the same time as the rest of the world,” said Matthew Grose, general manager for Core Gaming Systems. 

A pre-launch event for the console will be held at Sandton City, Johannesburg where local fans will have the opportunity to get a hands-on experience with Nintendo Switch from February 17-19. 

The Switch will be available from and .

“Takealot is so excited about being a preferred partner to launch the Nintendo Switch online to South African shoppers,” said Julie-Anne Walsh, Chief Marketing Officer at Takealot. 

READ: Nintendo hint at bigger plans for Switch console

“We love how versatile this new console is and to celebrate the launch - we’re offering R300 off the recommended retail price to our first 50 customers who pre-order before the release day. This will give gamers the chance to snap up their Nintendo Switch at great value before anyone else,” she added

The Switch package will include the main console, Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R) controllers, a Joy-Con grip (to which the Joy-Con are attached and used as one controller), a set of Joy-Con wrist straps, a Nintendo Switch dock (which holds the main console and connects it to a TV), a HDMI cable and an AC adapter. 

The console will be available in two colour options: a version with a set of grey Joy-Con and a version with one neon blue and one neon red Joy-Con.

Fans can expect to pay R999 for 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild' video game.

“Whether you want to play at home, on-the-go, single player or with friends - Nintendo Switch offers something for everyone. We encourage eager fans to attend our pre-launch event at Sandton City to see and experience the product prior launch,” Grose said.

Nintendo previously said that the company had bigger plans for the Switch which could see more components and accessories introduced. 

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