Nintendo Switch gets first hands-on showing in mid-January

A streaming webcast from Tokyo will precede the private New York event.

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Nintendo's new console-handheld hybrid Switch will have its coming out party in New York on January 13. But if you plan to be in the area and want some hands-on time, don't bother. It will be a private event.

Details on the Switch have been scarce since it was unveiled in October, but Nintendo promised more details on January 12, including a price and launch date. Those details will come via a webcast from Tokyo, which is mainly for media and Nintendo investors. After that, the hands-on party in New York will commence, presumably for media and investors as well.

There are no other details about the NY event, but Nintendo told Polygon that the event “will further emphasize some of the details that Nintendo plans to announce.” 

Hopefully, we will also get a list of some of the games that will be available at launch in March, one of which may NOT be The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

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    November 29, 2016 10:42 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Nintendo Switch gets first hands-on showing in mid-January

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      November 29, 2016 10:54 AM

      So hyped. Sure hope they don't screw the pooch on preorders.

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      November 29, 2016 10:57 AM

      It feels more-and-more that Nintendo is botching the marketing finesse on this. I'm starting to wonder if the Switch will have the marketing budget behind that it needs to have. I get that the March launch is do-or-die because of the fiscal calendar. But, it's feeling more and more that Nintendo just isn't ready.

      I really hope I'm wrong. For some reason I'm really itching for a new Nintendo console. Maybe because I skipped the Wii U, and I've got kids that are just about old enough to play games with me now. Come on Nintendo! Don't screw this up.

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        November 29, 2016 12:47 PM

        Even without advertising the Switch is going to sell out of the initial launch allotment (1-2 million units). So there really isn't a huge reason to start the full advertising push right now. Instead they are going to show the thing off in January, then kick off the mainstream advertising with the Superbowl. And then in February roll out the Best Buy demo units.

        And as long as they do what is rumored and basically release a new big title every 2-3 months for the first year there will be plenty of press for it. And E3 will be a perfect time for them as well because they can start teasing the 2nd year games, right as the initial launch furor dies down.

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      November 29, 2016 11:12 AM

      I'm so dubious about this now. Somehow that Classic cord issue really irked me. Also, didn't they say no WiiU backwards compatibility?

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        November 29, 2016 11:24 AM

        No bc. It's the first Nintendo console not built on gekko or the powerpc platform in like 15 years. I'm sure they will "remaster" some stuff but no bc.

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        November 29, 2016 11:27 AM

        Well yeah, completely different chip architecture and no optical drive.

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          November 29, 2016 12:37 PM

          Who cares? But a damn Wii U.

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            November 29, 2016 12:59 PM

            Buy*

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            November 29, 2016 4:32 PM

            or, wait maybe 2 more years and just emulate them. games will be like 10 bucks on amazon auctions then too probably.

            nintendo games post N64 are at their worst on the actual hardware, it seems. NSMB wii was such a travesty on the actual hardware, but wonderful with an actual controller. hell, it plays really great on just a keyboard!

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        November 29, 2016 12:38 PM

        Hah, it's Nintendo so expect something to be retarded. But it'll have Mario and Zelda so...

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          November 29, 2016 12:51 PM

          Day One Purchase

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            November 29, 2016 12:58 PM

            Yup, forever and ever.

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              November 29, 2016 12:59 PM

              I don't care how much it costs. I don't care if it "sucks." I need Nintender.

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                November 29, 2016 1:08 PM

                They've got me hooked. The only Nintendo console I never owned was the Virtual Boy because I was too young to have a job when it came out. I just hope that it does well and we see a good Metroid and possibly F-Zero game on it, as everything else is pretty much a given.

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                November 29, 2016 1:36 PM

                Same boat here pretty much. I am loyal to Nintendo's games though, not their consoles. Unfortunately need the consoles to play the games though.