[Updated at 9:52pm CT on 10/26/16]:
Well, wouldn’t you know it – Nintendo issued a formal press release shortly after I posted this news story. It confirms what I mentioned in the article below – that we will get official date, pricing, and information on games. Here is the press release in full:
In a presentation to financial analysts today in Tokyo, Nintendo Co., Ltd. president Tatsumi Kimishima announced that major details regarding the company’s new Nintendo Switch home gaming system will be shared at the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017. This will be an event for invited media, financial analysts and trade partners in Tokyo that will be globally livestreamed on Jan. 12, U.S. time. The presentation will include the launch date and pricing for Nintendo Switch, as well as a look at the lineup of games currently in development.
Kimishima also announced that Nintendo Switch sampling events for invited media, partners, and consumers will take place in the U.S. and Europe after the presentation at later dates. There will be opportunities for the public to participate in other hands-on events around the same time, details of which will be announced later.
The exact time of the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 will be announced through Nintendo’s social media channels in the coming weeks. Last week, Nintendo Switch was first revealed in a video, available at http://www.nintendo.com/switch.
Nintendo just announced via Twitter that it will hold a live Nintendo Switch Presentation on January 12, 2017. While we don’t know the full details of what will be shown, given that it will only be roughly two months from launch by then we should learn finalized details of release date, price, and if there are any bundle configurations. In addition, we expect a full rundown of launch games from first and third party developers.
If it’s like the Wii U presentation that happened two months before it launched, then we should also see details of the operating system and perhaps some unique features of the console. We wouldn’t be surprised to see third parties get some airtime so that they can show off some of the cool games they have in store. At the Wii U conference, companies like Activision showed off their games in development.
It the grand scheme of things it makes sense for Nintendo to hold this information until after the holidays to avoid taking away any sales from its current games and machines on the market. It’s advertising should be solely focused on games like Pokémon Sun & Moon.
We will keep you updated with more details as the live stream approaches, including when and where you can watch it. I’m excited to see more on the Switch and I hope they go all-in and show off some more of that 3D Mario game that we saw a few seconds of in the preview trailer.