Nintendo’s launch of its next-generation Switch console is just around the corner. It’s a hybrid device that blurs the line between the typical living room-anchored gaming center and a dedicated handheld unit for gaming on-the-go. Nintendo bills it as a “home gaming system,” but the latest accessories listed on EB Games appear to target the handheld crowd.
For starters, pulling up GameStop (the parent company of EB Games) here in the United States and entering “Switch” in the search field brings up the game retailer’s information page about the upcoming console hybrid and a form for getting Nintendo Switch updates via email. That said, looking for Switch-related accessory listings can be highly difficult if not impossible.
However, one customer eager for the Nintendo Switch discovered one listing on EB Games’ website in Australia. Customers can now pre-order an extra-long charging cable measuring just under 10 feet in length. While the listing doesn’t have a big ‘Oh my God!’ factor, it does confirm the Switch will include a USB Type-C port. The accessory is actually a Type-C to Type-A cable for roughly $15.
The second listing found on EB Games Australia is no longer online. It previously revealed a case for the handheld portion of Nintendo’s Switch that appeared to be a cross between PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS cases. The Switch case included slots for storing games, and screen protectors, given the Switch doesn’t sport a clamshell design. Nintendo Life managed to salvage the product image here.
The Australian website does provide listings for the Nintendo Switch and a Nintendo Switch Pro controller with placeholder prices. There’s no information provided on the controller’s product page, but merely a small image revealing what looks to be an upgraded version of the Wii U Pro controller. Honestly, it’s more akin to Sony’s DualShock 4 controller for the PlayStation 4, but sports a larger face for the buttons and analog sticks.
The three listings are just a sample of what is to come for the Nintendo Switch console in March. The Australian EB Games listing for the console provides a full alphabetical rundown of the publishers, developers, game engine creators, and more that are supporting the device. The biggest names include Activision, Bethesda, Capcom, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Konami, Sega, Take-Two Interactive, THQ Nordic, Ubisoft, and many more.
The Australian Nintendo Switch listings appear after THQ Nordic said on Monday that it just acquired three brands: Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy from Mobile Gaming Studios, and both War Leaders: Clash of Nations and Legends of War from Enigma Software. These brands will likely appear on the Nintendo Switch, as the company stated in its announcement that “more information regarding the Nintendo Switch development projects will be released at a later stage.”
For the uninitiated, THQ Nordic opened its doors in 2011 as Nordic Games. The studio grabbed the THQ trademark and logo in 2014 after the publisher when bankrupt, and reincorporated itself as THQ Nordic in 2016. Its game portfolio is comprised mostly of brands acquired from DreamCatcher Interactive (Painkiller, Dungeon Lords), JoWood Entertainment (Torchlight, Gothic), and THQ (Titan Quest, Darksiders).
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