Nintendo Switch hands-on debut to take place at New York event on January 13

By midian182
Nov 29, 2016
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  1. In the time since Nintendo unveiled the Switch back in October, the company has been pretty quiet when it comes to revealing the hybrid console’s details. But on January 12, we’ll find out more about the machine at a livestreamed event in Tokyo, which will be followed by a hands-on presentation in New York the day after.

    Nintendo’s president, Tatsumi Kimishima, said that the Switch’s exact release date and price will be revealed at the Japan event, along with highlights from some games currently in development. On January 13, the device will get its hands-on debut in the US.

    Polygon reports that the five-hour event “will further emphasize some of the details that Nintendo plans to announce.” The company hasn’t said exactly where in New York it will be held or whether it will be open to the public – it could be restricted to press and select invitees only.

    One of the few Switch details Nintendo has talked about is its custom Nvidia Tegra chip. The news that it will feature 4GB RAM and a 6.2-inch, 10-point multitouch capacitive screen comes from other sources.

    While the launch price of the Switch will be confirmed in January, wholesale prices given to international retailers suggest it will be around $250 for the base model and $300 for the version with extra internal storage and a bundled game.

    As the Switch’s March launch date approaches, expect to see more of these hands-on events taking place. While many people have already pre-ordered, it may be best to wait until January, when Nintendo reveals the console's launch details, before committing .

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  2. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Maniac Posts: 423   +221

    Why couldn't they just build a solid device?

    A Nintendo 3DS and 3DS:XL (for dual sizes, just like iPhone) that have dual analog sticks, rather than a left stick and a ridiculous analog *nub* - and then add a remote play base charging station that plugs to the TV for 1080p gaming (or better).

    This thing looks ridiculous and the third party is going to ignore it.

    The most you'll have is classic 1st party titles.
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,561   +862

    literally dozens of third party developers have already pledged support.
    Kotters likes this.
  4. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Enthusiast Posts: 97   +38

    Realistically those 3rd party supporters will probably create underwhelming ports of those games compared to the more hardcore consoles. I fear this will not be treated like a full console and rather a more powerful handheld console. On another note, I love the 1st party Nintendo games and will still buy the device for those games. I have a New 3DS XL and I love it. If they can continue creating good games like I've experienced with that, then I'm sold.
  5. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Maniac Posts: 423   +221


    Have we learned nothing since the abysmal failure of Wii:U?

    3rd party developers do not want to be tasked with developing for an underpowered platform. They want to develop for a desktop environment and then scale down for the consoles which are weaker versions of desktop PC's running proprietary interfaces.

    How many developers are gonna wanna port "Battlefield 5" down to that little display and make it playable with a controller set with a couple buttons?
  6. Invizibleyez

    Invizibleyez TS Enthusiast Posts: 35   +6

    What's the last good fps anyone has played on Nintendo? Goldeneye? Perfect Dark? I am pretty convinced Nintendo doesn't care about the mess of Fps games out there. They have been a company about doing "something different" since the wii. I don't expect them to care about your lack of desire to play because you can't play call of duty xyz or battlefield 123.
  7. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Maniac Posts: 423   +221

    This is what bothers me: about SONY and Nintendo.

    The PSP and DS/XL were in a perfect position to have decent FPS and 3rdPS gameplay, but they refused to put a second analog stick on the devices.

    Sony didn't do it till Vita.

    Nintendo gave you an ugly, bulky add on, and then added a half-assed nub on the newer model.

    Why are they so stupid?

    And they wonder why the 3rd party is going to forget them this coming generation.
  8. Invizibleyez

    Invizibleyez TS Enthusiast Posts: 35   +6

    Nintendo has been criticized in the past for the Wii, which they did very well with without fps games playing a significant role. Nintendo doesn't want to be what everyone else is. Nintendo wants to be an enticing other option, especially for families with younger kids who don't need to grow up shooting and killing everyone they consider friends.

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