In October, Nintendo took its first official step towards introducing its next home console to the world by unveiling the Nintendo Switch - a platform which doubles as a portable handheld and a more traditional home console which plugs into a television. Their marketing video depicted the unit as a cartridge-based tablet which features detachable "Joy-Con" controllers and the tablet itself would sit in a dock when used as a console.
There was no word on pricing, the power of the unit, online features, and how storage will be handled. This all changes in a matter of minutes with the official Nintendo Switch live stream presentation where the console will be fully unveiled alongside 2017 game announcements. In the coming weeks, we'll learn even more as Nintendo hosts media events around the world for press to get hands-on with the Switch for the very first time so it's going to be an exciting month for Wii U and 3DS players looking for the next big thing from Nintendo.
The Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 will begin streaming tonight at 8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET. You can watch above or tune in at the following link: www.nintendo.com/switch.
Nintendo also announced that Treehouse Live will return for an in-depth look at upcoming games featured in the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 starting Friday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 a.m. PT / 9:30 a.m. ET.
And for the eager fans, the pre-order page for the Nintendo Switch is already up on Amazon. It's unclear if it'll go live tonight during or after the presentation but we do know the Nintendo Switch releases in March.
Updates on release date and price:
- March 3, in Japan, North America and other territories.
- Suggested retail price: 29890 yen in Japan, $399.99 in Canada, and $299.99 in United States.
- Nintendo Switch online services: online multiplayer is supported. Set play appointments, chat live, and invite friends from smart device connected to Switch.
- Nintendo's online services now require paid subscription beginning fall 2017.
- Nintendo Switch is region free.