Everything You Need To Know About Tomorrow’s Nintendo Switch Reveal – Forbes

The official unveiling of the Nintendo Switch is almost upon us after months of waiting, hand-wringing and speculation. Here’s a brief guide to help you prepare for the announcement.

The Nintendo Switch is about to be officially revealed. (Credit: Nintendo)

The Nintendo Switch is about to be officially revealed. (Credit: Nintendo)

What Is It? Nintendo unveils its latest console, the Switch, which it partially unveiled already late last year.

The new video game console blends the portable with the stationary, streamlining Nintendo’s two biggest segments into one machine that can be played at home or on the go. So far we’ve only seen the barest of details about the Switch. Hopefully Nintendo can tell us a lot more about the quirky new machine.

When Is It Airing? January 12th at 11 pm EST / 8 pm PST. Why so late? Because it’s being broadcast live from Tokyo, Japan. That means that if you live in London, you’ll have to get up at 4 am to watch the event…or just wait until the next morning (Sorry UK friends!) That’s okay, we’ll have everything broken down and pieced back together for you by then…

Where to Watch: Tune into Ninteno’s Twitch or YouTube channels, or visit the company’s official website. Of course, we’ll have the stream here at Forbes as well, and other coverage including a live-blog from our own Paul Tassi, and various other bits of news, analysis and opinion.

What to Expect: Since this is Nintendo, it’s kind of hard to say what’s going to happen. The Japanese game maker is notorious for head-scratching live-streams and bizarre marketing, though so far they’ve done a reasonably good job with the Switch. Here are some things we hope to find out in tomorrow’s presentation:

  • The release date of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This is the most important game in Nintendo’s pocket right now, and really needs to be a Switch launch title. A big delay will be bad for the console, while a launch release could drive serious hype to Nintendo’s new system.
  • The price! Everyone is speculating that the Switch will cost $250. Some say that’s too much, other say it’s just right. I’m leaning toward “just right” but so much depends on a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens.
  • Just kidding! So much depends on the games, the hardware and various other unknowns. It’s hard to say what the “right” price is just yet.
  • A new Mario game. This one seems all but certain, and would make a great addition to the launch line-up for the Switch. Maybe Mario doesn’t have the same draw as Zelda, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to have a brand new, 3D Mario game coming out.
  • Which games will port over from the Wii U, and how they’ll be different. For instance, it seems all but certain there will be a new version of Mario Kart 8 for the Switch. The question is, will it be pretty much the same exact game or will there be new content to make it more appealing to those who already own it on Wii U?
  • What kind of early third-party support Nintendo will have for the Switch. We’ve seen footage of Skyrim being played on the Switch, but there’s been no official confirmation from either Bethesda or Nintendo as to whether that game will actually be coming to the console. That’s kind of weird. Hopefully we find out that lots of third parties have signed on to make games for the console—something that didn’t happen for the Wii U.
  • Possibly a Pokemon game. There have been rumors of a Pokemon Star coming out for the Switch. How that would compare to the 3DS games (Pokemon Sun and Moon) and what it would mean for the franchise is an open question. It may be nothing.
  • Probably a Ubisoft game. Ubisoft was one of the major supporters of the Wii U at launch, with titles like Rayman Legends and ZombiU that were quite good releasing with the console. I expect we’ll see something like that for the Switch as well. Hopefully the partnership won’t end so quickly this time around.
  • Something nobody expected. Nintendo is just…random enough and unique enough to pull some surprises on us at every turn, for better and for worse.

In any case, stay tuned tomorrow evening for more coverage of the Switch reveal here at Forbes Games. I’m rooting for Nintendo on this one, even as I harbor various concerns about the viability of yet another largely gimmick-centered gaming console.

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