GameStop made an earnings briefing with investors this Tuesday with the retailer’s CEO, Paul Reines, speaking about the Nintendo Switch. Reines told investors that he was already able to play the upcoming console and claimed that it was going to be a “game-changer.”
“The Nintendo Switch, which I played at Nintendo a few weeks ago—we believe could be another game-changer that will expand the audience for gaming,” the GameStop CEO told investors, as per GameSpot. This is perhaps a way for Reines to set everyone’s minds at ease since Nintendo’s Wii U underperformed in sales back in 2012.
GameStop management also reported that early metrics show that its PowerUp Rewards members are already aware and interested in the Nintendo Switch. The company said that 27 percent of its PowerUp Rewards members that are aware of the new console plan on buying the Nintendo Switch. Reines said that this figure is almost the same with the Xbox One before it was released, according to ShackNews.
Nintendo will be holding a special event this coming January to reveal more details about the console, such as its specific launch date, pricing and launch titles. GameStop said that its figure on PowerUp Rewards members planning on buying the Nintendo Switch could still go up after the event.
Nintendo has been really quiet about the specifics of the Switch hybrid console. The most popular rumor going around is that the Nintendo Switch will sell for around $250 USD. The price, listed as $329.99 CAD, was first spotted last week when a Canadian branch of Toys R Us prematurely published an online ad for the upcoming console.
The Nintendo Switch will go on sale in March 2017. “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” and a new “Super Mario” are the top two launch titles rumored to be available alongside the new console.