Nintendo Switch Presentation One Month Away

[Updated 12/13/16]:

Just a few hours after I wrote the original article, Nintendo announced the exact time of its upcoming Nintendo Switch Presentation. It will take place on January 12, 2017 at 8 p.m. PT | 10 p.m. CT | 11 p.m. ET. You will be able to watch it live at www.nintendo.com/switch to find out all of the new Nintendo Switch details. We can’t wait to learn more!

 

[Original Article]:

It has taken a long time to get to this point. It’s difficult to believe that in just one month from today we will begin to have all of our unanswered questions answered. Nintendo of Japan is set to host a presentation on January 13, 2017 Japan time, which is sometime in the evening of January 12, 2017 in North America. We are still awaiting exact timing, but we have been promised some exciting details. Little things, like launch date, price, what comes in the box, and launch games should be among the questions answered.

It’s difficult to say whether we will get some of the other techy questions answered at this event. Will Nintendo deviate from its latest system launches and actually announce the specs of the Switch? What about details like screen resolution, storage space, and region-free gaming? What kind of presentation are we to expect on January 12? Will it simply be a Japanese press conference with subtitles in English, or will Nintendo have something more extravagant in mind, like a Nintendo Direct? Polygon has said that Nintendo of America is referring to the presentation as the “Tokyo webcast”, which to me sounds like we might be getting a subtitled livestream.

If that’s the case, then the next day, on January 13, is when more exciting information will no doubt surface. That’s because the press event in New York is taking place on that day, which means a bunch of media will get a chance to try the Switch. The potential for lots of new video, close-up shots of the system and dock, and impressions from multiple sources will answer many of our questions. I’m sure folks like Reggie will be on-hand for interviews, so expect any questions that were still lingering from the night before to hopefully be answered.

In addition to the aforementioned information we’re bound to learn about the Switch, I’m hopeful we will get to see the operating system and learn of any hidden features. So far Nintendo has yet to acknowledge whether or not the Switch has a touchscreen, and if so, if it’s multi-touch or not. Will this system have the usual multimedia capabilities for streaming services like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime? Are there pointer controls hidden away in the JoyCon controllers like rumors have hinted? All of this should hopefully be answered in about a month. It should be an exciting couple of days! What do you hope to see? Let us know in the comments below!

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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