Nintendo previously disclosed it would only be releasing further details on its new gaming console in 2017. Now, the gaming firm just announced that it will be holding a special Nintendo Switch Event in Tokyo, Japan on January 12, 2017.
“In a presentation to financial analysts today in Tokyo, Nintendo Co., Ltd. president Tatsumi Kimishima announced that major details regarding the company’s new Nintendo Switch home gaming system will be shared at the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017,” Nintendo revealed on its website. “This will be an event for invited media, financial analysts and trade partners in Tokyo that will be globally livestreamed on Jan. 12, U.S. time [Jan. 13 in Japan].” The exact time of the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 event will be published on the company’s social media channels.
Nintendo also confirmed that it will finally reveal pricing, launch date and lineup of games currently in development for the Nintendo Switch. Kimishima said that Nintendo will be holding several “sampling events” in the United States and Europe, where members of the media and consumers will be able to try out the Switch console for themselves.
The sampling events will take place sometime after the Jan. 12 presentation at later dates. Nintendo also said that there will be other opportunities for the public to get hands-on access to the console at other events prior to launch, according to The Verge. Details on these other events will be disclosed at a later date.
Last week, the Nintendo Switch was first unveiled to the public through a teaser trailer. The upcoming gaming device combines the experience of playing on a home console and playing on the go through the Nintendo Switch’s detachable LCD screen and Joy-Con controllers.
Nintendo also revealed recently that it will only ship 2 million units of the Nintendo Switch to retailers when it launches in March 2017, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Takashi Mochizuki (via IGN). This is significantly fewer than the Wii U’s 3.06 million unit shipment back in 2012. This might suggest that Nintendo is being cautious, especially with the Switch console being released during the spring season (March) rather than around the winter/holiday season (November-December).