Nintendo says Switch video game console will be available in March

President of Nintendo Tatsumi Kimishima reacts after his speech during a presentation event of Nintendo Switch in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.

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TOKYO -- Nintendo Co. said Friday that its Nintendo Switch video game console will sell for 29,980 yen (about $260) in Japan, starting March 3.

The Kyoto-based maker of Super Mario and Pokemon games made the announcement in Tokyo.

It said the console will sell for $299.99 in North America. The company said customers would need to ask retailers in Europe for prices there. 

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Anticipation has been growing ahead of the release of the Switch. Nintendo has shown players with a handheld whose remote controller section with buttons detaches from the left and right sides of the main part of the display. 


Players can play the device as a regular handheld, place the display on a table, or use the screen of a TV set, connecting by wireless.

Nintendo will be hoping the Switch will buttress a turnaround after disappointing sales of the Wii U and the 3DS handheld.