‘Nintendo Switch’ News, Release Date, Price; Exclusive Invites Issued for January New York Unveiling

By Abigail Briones , Updated Dec 01, 2016 09:34 AM EST
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The "Nintendo Switch" console official presentation will be Jan. 12, 2017, a Thursday night, through Nintendo's Tokyo webcast, reports say. But only an exclusive group of press members have been chosen and invited to try out the console-portable gadget at a special presentation on Jan. 13, the next day.

The webcast will give out specific information regarding the console-handheld's price, specific date of release, and game lineup to analysts, investors, and media alike. In contrast, the by-invitation only, five-hour event hands-on in New York shall be more illuminating and exhaustive, and according to IGN, which has received an invitation, will "further emphasize some of the details that Nintendo plans to announce the prior evening during its Nintendo Switch Presentation in Tokyo."

The "Nintendo Switch" was earlier revealed to have a launch window of March 2017 although nothing more specific prior the unveiling has been confirmed. Its abilities to run both as a handheld device as well as a console attached to a television screen was also initially discussed.

Possible game lineup in the "Nintendo Switch" may include Bethesda's Skyrim and Fallout 4, Bandai Namco's Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm, Tekken 7, and One Piece Burning Blood, as well as Activision's Call of Duty Infinite Warfare. These were gleaned by IGN from the list of collaborating companies that will work on the upcoming console with Nintendo.

Meantime, the price of the next Nintendo device could start from $250, an unwittingly made revelation by a toy retail store in Canada. Official channels have not confirmed this information, but may finally be answered during the Tokyo event.

Speaking at the San Francisco UBS conference earlier last month, Electronic Arts chief executive Blake Jorgensen said he was excited for the gaming console company. Of the "Nintendo Switch" he shares that "It's an interesting device. But I can't yet predict how broad it's going to be."

He further confirmed that his company is one of those that will be working on the games for the console. Jorgensen though did not elaborate on exactly which game it was going to be, only that it would be one of EA's "bigger" games.

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