Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Gets New Colour, Battery Pack; Arms, Minecraft, Splatoon 2 Get Release Dates

 
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Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Gets New Colour, Battery Pack; Arms, Minecraft, Splatoon 2 Get Release Dates

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Highlights

  • Joy-Con gets AA battery pack grip
  • Arms launches June 16
  • Splatoon 2 will be available July 21

A ton of Nintendo Switch news has come our way – thanks to a new Nintendo Direct broadcast – with a new accessory and colour for the Joy-Con controllers, and release dates for multiple anticipated titles.

The accessory in question is the Joy-Con AA battery pack, which are essentially a pair of detachable grips that attach onto your Joy-Con controllers, and extend their battery life. By default, the Joy-Con last 20 hours, so if you need even more playing time, and don’t want to spend $30 (about Rs. 1,900) on the optional charging grip, this might interest you.

Nintendo has also made a Neon Yellow variant of the Joy-Con, to add to the existing options of Grey, Blue, and Red. The controllers should cost $80 (about Rs. 5,000) for a pair as usual, but there’s no word on the pricing of the battery pack. Both launch on June 16.

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The three big games that now have fixed release dates include Arms, Minecraft, and Splatoon 2. Arms is an original Nintendo title, which features cartoonish characters with a variety of weapons on their, well, extendable arms. It’s a 1-v-1 fighting game, and it’s coming out June 16, the same day as above.

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, meanwhile, will arrive in less than a month, on May 11. It’ll have support for eight players online, four over local split-screen, and the Pro controller.

That leaves the third and final one – Splatoon 2. After a beta event last month, the game will be available to everyone worldwide on July 21, which is indicative of the ‘summer’ date Nintendo had hinted at. It’ll have a single-player mode that we don’t know anything about, a new PvE multiplayer arena, and support for three new Amiibo figures.

Nintendo also provided release dates on other titles, such as Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers (May 26), Disgaea 5 Complete (May 23), and Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star (July 25).

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