Nintendo Switch price and date coming in January

You'll be toasting 2017 before you know how much to save for the Nintendo Switch.

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The Nintendo Switch reveal trailer outlined the system's core hook, but left a lot unknown. Now the company has announced when a few of its most pressing questions will be answered. Next year.

The "Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017" will take place on January 12. It will be hosted from Tokyo, and details will include the launch date, price, and a line-up of games in development. Between the event and release date, Nintendo will be hosting hands-on events for media and consumers. As reaffirmed in the reveal trailer, the company is stil targeting a March release.

Nintendo didn't give a specific time for the Switch Presentation 2017, but promised that will be detailed in the coming weeks.

The company is expecting to sell 2 million units of the Switch within its first month. For more details on its financial plans for the coming year, check out our in-depth analysis of its recent financial earnings statement.

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    October 26, 2016 8:03 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Nintendo Switch price and date coming in January

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      October 26, 2016 8:07 PM

      hyped.

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      October 26, 2016 8:24 PM

      My guess is $349 for the basic unit+ base

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      October 26, 2016 8:27 PM

      but I want to know now!

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      October 26, 2016 9:33 PM

      Ok, first i wanted...then i thought, i dont need the screen, just sell me the dock... now im thinking...why the hell do they block the screen when its docked?!

      THe more i think about it, the more i dislike it

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        October 26, 2016 9:50 PM

        It's not a two screen experience, the dock will surely turn off the handheld screen.

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        October 27, 2016 4:40 AM

        You want a dock with zero processing power in it?

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          October 27, 2016 5:41 AM

          Yes exactly, all the brains are in the tablet, the dock is just a charging station and HDMI out.

          It's the world's most powerful handheld or a slightly crappy console, depending on your POV.

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            October 27, 2016 6:29 AM

            I thought the dock added to the processing power...

            i want

            1) the entire system without the screen
            2) to be able to play on the screen they give when its docked

            Can you charge it while you play on the small screen?

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              October 27, 2016 6:35 AM

              The dock just provides power and other cable connections. The system might possibly increase its speed when on power, but we have no idea. Also I am going to guess they will allow you to play on the system while plugged into a normal cable like their other handhelds.

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              October 27, 2016 6:38 AM

              The dock lets the tablet run in high-power mode, since it no longer has to rely on the tiny battery.

              1. Sorry, the screen has all of the electronics in, no screen-less mode. I suppose they might launch a supercheap no-screen model in a few years, but I wouldn't count on it.

              2. Screen play + charge: don't know, perhaps it has a USB port you can also charge from? It seems like a feature they'd have to have.

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                October 27, 2016 7:20 AM

                So having the screen blocked should be triggering me then :P i wanted to keep the system, docked, standing, fully charged with the most power so i can have the entire thing up and running next to my pc and i can sit back and play it... now i have to undock it and plug it in...then wtf do i need the dock for.

                The more i think about the switch, the more i dislike it.

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                  October 27, 2016 8:19 AM

                  It has a kickstand, and Ixd guess that there will be an option to power it without the dock. The Wii U tablet power supply cable can be used with the dock or plugged directly into the tablet, so this might too.

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                  October 27, 2016 4:02 PM

                  You want to be able to kick back and play games on a phone-sized screen that's sitting on a desk and not in your hands? Yeah I don't think they're too worried about your use case.

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                    October 27, 2016 4:07 PM

                    They show people doing just that throughout the video.

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                      October 27, 2016 4:18 PM

                      I thought that was momentary stuff on a plane or around a table with friends, not a permanent installation at home. That's the whole point of the dock, to get it on your TV when you can play at home.

                      You could still plug it in and use the kick stand if you wanted, though.

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              October 27, 2016 7:26 AM

              So in short you want them to keep 2 different ecosystems. One a handeheld and one a console?

              Also, wtf you want to sit at a dock and play games on the screen when the dock is plugged into a TV? I must be misunderstanding what you're saying because that sounds bonkers.

              You can likely charge it via some cable while using the screen in bed or what have you, but we won't know anything concrete until January (http://www.shacknews.com/article/97421/nintendo-switch-price-and-date-coming-in-january).

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              October 27, 2016 7:43 AM

              They should have had the screen view unblocked while docked so they could just show a gif of Mario docking with Luigi while the game's on the big screen.

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                October 27, 2016 8:13 AM

                or this! ^^^ Yup, will have to wait till january for more info

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      October 26, 2016 11:29 PM

      Cool, man they are cutting it close. The hardware and games must be insane & epic and they are confident as a pimp to leave it to a two month window after basically showing of a new MEGA new product to be launched in March 2017.

      Or crazy... I will go with EPIC and I am hyped. Please be good!

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      October 27, 2016 2:00 AM

      If only they can confirm any backward compatibility, I'm still on the edge of selling my wii u for this

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        October 27, 2016 2:20 AM

        I would hold on to that Wii U, I'm never selling another Nintendo system of mine again.

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        October 27, 2016 2:32 AM

        Going from nvidia to ati and x86 to PowerPC made emulation basically poop on 360. I wouldn't count on a reliable wii u emu

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          October 27, 2016 2:39 AM

          What would be cool is if you could stream it from an existing Wii-U on your network. Easy get around for Backwards Compatibility and may lend a new life to the Wii-U.

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      October 27, 2016 2:48 AM

      Day one purchase. Because being a grown-up gamer with a decent job fucking rocks except you have less time to play all these consoles you can now afford.

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        October 27, 2016 4:41 AM

        Yup, I love Nintendo games, so I have to buy it pretty much whatever,

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          October 27, 2016 4:58 AM

          I was a Sega kid and still am <3 Mega Drive, Saturn and Dreamcast shit, but Nintendo has grown on me recently and this just looks so damn convenient and versatile.

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        October 27, 2016 5:56 AM

        Agreed. Except I have my PS4 , Xbox One, and Wii U collecting dust while I play on my PC with gtx 1080. I think I need to stop buying consoles lol.

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          October 27, 2016 7:27 AM

          Yea, PC + Nintendo console was always my go-to. Just built a PC with a 1080 that destroys any game I throw at it. There's just too much overlap between PC and PS4/XBox One to make it worth it and the exclusives on either console don't appeal to me as much as Nintendo's (which is less of an issue with the XBox Play Anywhere stuff anyway). Persona 5 is the only reason i'm getting a PS4.