Nintendo Switch Hands-On Experiences Begin In January

Mr. Kimishima announced today that Nintendo’s upcoming home console, the Nintendo Switch, will be playable for media on January 13, 2017. This is the same day as the live presentation that will be streamed worldwide. Keep in mind that due to the time difference, in North America it will actually be aired on January 12. The exact time of the presentation will be announced closer to the date.


The following two days will be open to the public at Tokyo Big Sight on January 14 and 15. Around the same time there will be hands-on experiences for media and business partners in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. No word yet on public hands-on events for gamers in North America, but hopefully there will be something on tap. Since the new gaming system launches in March, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see demo kiosks begin showing up in mid-February to drive interest.


If you’re reading this article, then you’re no doubt a Nintendo fan and have seen the Nintendo Switch preview trailer that aired last week. You’re not alone! In fact, the video announcements has over 23 million views and over 95% of the reactions were positive.


As we reported earlier, Nintendo plans to ship 2 million Nintendo Switch systems for the month of launch. This is about a million less than they shipped for Wii U, but remember that this time it’s not launching in November. Since we don’t know the exact launch date yet, it’s difficult to ascertain if this is a conservative number or a bullish one. As we hear details about pricing, hardware configurations, and launch titles the picture will become much clearer.



[Source: Nintendo Results Briefing]

Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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