In exactly two weeks from today Nintendo will finally take the wraps off of its upcoming new system, the Nintendo Switch. During its live presentation we will finally learn the release date, price, and games in development. The system will be playable for press and public the following three days both in Japan and around the world at select locations. We expect a flood of hands-on impressions from journalists as well as those gamers lucky enough to be able to attend the events.
It’s been a long road since the Switch (then codenamed NX) was first hinted at almost two years ago. Since then it’s been veiled in secrecy with rumors punctuating most of what we know about the device. In October Nintendo showed off a teaser video that finally gave us definitive proof of concept and what the device will look like. A few weeks ago we saw the system in action on The Tonight Show where Reggie let Jimmy Fallon try The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Switch – showing off how the game can seamlessly move from the television set to the Switch handheld just by lifting it out of the dock.
Our next official look at the Switch is scheduled for January 12, 2017 at 8 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. CT / 11 p.m. ET. This will be the official kickoff to the Switch reveal with a video stream from Japan and much more information the following day as the press gets its first chance to try the new system. There’s a lot of details we have yet to learn, such as:
- Price Point
- Release Date
- Configurations (will there be more than one?)
- Launch Games
- Accessories (more JoyCons?)
- Switch Operating System (voice chat/friend system/achievements/share function/etc.)
- Virtual Console Support
- Region Free?
- Account System?
- Battery Life
- System Specs (Nintendo has historically not shown these, but there’s a chance)
- Third Party Support
- Game Prices
- Game Boxes
- System Box
No matter what’s shown, we’re as excited as can be. We will have complete coverage of all the news as it breaks. What do you hope is shown? Let us know in the comments below!