While Nintendo announced the price of the Nintendo Switch to be $299.99 / £279.99 / ¥29,980, they stopped short of directly highlighting the fact there is so much more you should buy. Just like any console, the Switch has an assortment of optional extras although you tend to find that option dwindles significantly as you use the machine.
The Nintendo Switch comes with ZERO games included. Not even their tech demo that could show off features of the new machine, 1-2 Switch. So if you have a pre-order for the Switch and intend to give it to one or more of your children, be sure you pre-order a game as well otherwise you’ll have some pretty disappointed faces.
When the Joy-Con is plugged into the tablet section of the system, they will be charging. However, if you have the Joy-Con connected to the dog-faced controller they won’t be charging. If you want the convenience of charging without being connected to the screen then you’ll need to add this $30 Joy-Con grip to your shopping cart. Otherwise get used to connecting your Joy-Cons to the screen after play.
$70 for Pro Controller
We are all pro gamers, right? Well to really show that off with the Nintendo Switch you’ll need to add another controller to your system. Ideal for gaming when the Switch is docked and playing through your TV.
While the Nintendo Switch includes 32GB of internal storage, that isn’t going to last long for those wanting a digital experience on the move. When games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild come in at almost half of that internal storage, you’ll be looking for improved storage options pretty quickly.
That is where the Switch’s support for up to 2TB SD Cards come in. 2TB SD cards aren’t even a thing yet so there is some wiggle room.
Additional or Replacement Joy-Con Controllers (starting at $49.99)
When you have the Switch in hand, be sure to take care of your Joy-Con controllers because replacing them isn’t cheap. Starting at $49.99 for a Left or Right Joy-Con and going up to $79.99 for both, you’ll be bubble wrapping your controllers and putting them in a safe place as soon as you get them.
$90 for a replacement Switch Dock
You know that part of the Switch which doesn’t do anything other than providing power via USB-C to the tablet section of the console? Well if you want another of those for another room, or yours simply breaks and you need to replace it, well Nintendo has you covered for a price.
We have a feeling Nintendo has figured out that a what that means you can’t just use your mobile phone USB-C charger cable to run the Switch. Although, we do expect 3rd party peripheral makers to come up with something.
Like Sony’s PlayStation Plus and Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold, Nintendo is looking to charge for its online service. To be able to play games multiplayer online, you’ll need to subscribe to this service which will be free until August. After that, there will be a subscription fee which Nintendo is still to discuss.
Sony and Microsoft charge up to $60 per year unless you grab a discount and both of those services offer more than what Nintendo is promising. However, we don’t expect Nintendo to go much under that especially since they are so late to the online game that they have massive upfront costs for online infrastructure to pay for.