We Will Finally Find Out More About The Nintendo Switch Early Next Year – Forbes

(Photo credit: Nintendo)

(Photo credit: Nintendo)

On Jan. 13 next year there will be a big event for the Nintendo Switch in Tokyo, where hopefully many of our questions about the upcoming console will be answered.

One of the biggest problems with the Nintendo Switch has been the fact Nintendo has decided to keep details on the new console to a minimum.

This is turn has fueled a great amount of hearsay about the Nintendo Switch and the games that will be released on it.

While some of these leaks appear credible and will likely turn out to be true, this kind of hands off approach on the part of Nintendo is not a particularly wise one.

Considering that the Nintendo Switch is inspired by the Wii U, you’d think Nintendo would do its utmost to explain more about the new console if only to assuage fears on how it will be different.

Personally, I think the Wii U is a great console but neither the hardware nor its games have managed to make the kind of impact its precursor did.

What with the markets frothing at the mouth over Nintendo’s cautious approach to mobile, the launch of an all-new but steadfastly traditional games console is something that is already being criticized in certain quarters.

My only hope is that Nintendo reveal everything at this event and continue to keep us updated with a steady stream of official and thus credible information thereafter.

The good news is that in terms of the latter it seems that Nintendo may do just that. Specifically, after this invite only event in Tokyo, Nintendo will have an ongoing exhibition of sorts that will be open to the public so they can check out the new console for themselves. While this event is occurring in Tokyo, it sounds like a similar hands-on public exhibition will also occur in New York.

The steady stream of updates for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, which took the Pokémon series in a bold new direction, greatly helped bolster the game’s launch and with any luck Nintendo will learn from that and build a similar campaign next year for the Nintendo Switch.

Due to the time difference, you can watch this Nintendo Switch event on Thursday Jan.12 at 8 p.m. (PT) or 11 p.m. (ET). You will also be able to see the event live via the official Nintendo Switch site.

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