Nintendo Switch to be officially unveiled in January

Nintendo announced on their website that they will be officially present to the world their next console, the Nintendo Switch, in January.

To be more precise, the live broadcast from Tokyo will take place on January 12th at 8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET.

We can expect the full specifications, console price, launch titles as well as a firm release date.  The successor to the Wii U is set to launch in March 2017.

The press has also been invited to a hands-on press event in New York on January 13th.

What we know so far about the Switch

The first information and images for the new hardware were released a few months ago.

From there, the public learned that the console would be a 7-inch screen hybrid.  The player will be able to dock the tablet-like console in a television hub to play on the big screen.  Then, when the player unplugs the Switch from the dock, it will become a fully-fledged handheld console.

The Switch’s new wireless controller, the Joy-Con, will include two detachable parts which players can use in both hands.  You will also be able to share one part with a friend when playing two-player games.

It is also rumored that Nintendo will be using cartridges or memory cards instead of DVDs for their games.

Speaking of games, a new Zelda has been presented and will be available in 2017 but probably not as a launch title.  Images from a new Mario game were seen as well as Mario Kart, Splatoon and Skyrim.

Nintendo’s virtual console is also making a jump to the Switch with the addition of Gamecube’s titles.

No specifications were given yet except that Nvidia would be creating a custom Tegra processor for the new Nintendo system.

Be sure to bookmark the Switch‘s page to be sure not to miss the big event.