Last Updated on December 23, 2019 by Danielle
Nintendo reveals information on its new portable hybrid console called Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo fans are eagerly awaiting the big reveal of the Nintendo Switch on January 12, 2017 at 8 PM PST and 11 PM EST. Tune in to catch all the details.
At the Nintendo Switch Presentation, we expect Nintendo to reveal pricing information, launch date, launch titles, among other details.
We anticipate to see some of the launch titles that have been in development for months now – though this has not yet been confirmed by Nintendo.
We all now know that the Nintendo Switch is a hybrid home console-mobile gaming platform powered by nVidia. That means you can play it on the go or at home while it is docked. It’s an innovation in hardware that nobody expected. Nintendo nor its competitors have ever delivered such a device in the industry. So, in essence, Nintendo will be creating a blue ocean and be competing with itself in its own space with the Nintendo Switch. That will allow Sony and Microsoft to duke it out in the next-generation console wars with the PS4 Pro and the upcoming Project Scorpio.
We also expect to hear some details regarding the actual launch date for the system, which is due sometime in March 2017.
Nintendo has plenty of popular IPs that could appear on the Switch, including Mario, Pokémon, Zelda, Mario Kart, Smash Bros., Donkey Kong, Star Fox, Kirby, Metroid, Pikmin, Punch-Out!!, Splatoon, Wave Race, and much more. It’s a stellar lineup no doubt. We’ll have to wait and see which games make the launch window.
Many people are wondering whether Nintendo will be able to build a large enough customer base to maintain the support of third parties this time around. That certainly will be key to their long term success with the system. Nintendo believes it can succeed this time around and has learned several lessons from the Wii U’s failure.
Gamers will also want to know whether The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be a launch title along with the next Super Mario game. Expect to hear more about some of the Switch launch titles.
The other primary concern is whether Nintendo will be able to maintain a strong pipeline of AAA games long after launch. The company knows it will need a solid launch lineup in order to get gamers to jump onboard. Many loyal Nintendo fans experienced long bouts of drought – with there being several months between games with the Wii U.
We may hear details of various models of the Switch or it could turn out that there is only one version. This is where we could hear about multiple price points for the Switch. Analysts expect it to be around $200-$350. Anything more would not be mass market, which appears to be what Nintendo is targeting with the Switch. If Nintendo can price this system under $200 that certainly would surprise many.
Many people will be expecting to hear details about battery life since not much has been revealed in that regard. This will be an important dimension, as it will most likely determine the Switch’s success or failure.
We hope to hear details about VR capabilities for the Switch because Nintendo games in VR would be awesome to experience. Also, it will be interesting to see how this release will impact 3DS sales, if at all.