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Part tablet, part handheld, part game console: the Nintendo Switch aspires to be all three. Nintendo first announced the Switch last fall, but tonight will be a deeper announcement in advance of hands-on events in London and New York — both of which CNET will be attending.
Nintendo.com will be live-streaming the announcement from Tokyo at 1 p.m. Friday local time. That translates to:
- 11 p.m. ET Thursday
- 8 p.m. PT Thursday
- 3 p.m. AEST Friday
- 4 a.m. GMT Friday
- See other local times here
The YouTube stream is embedded above, so you can watch it right here.
22 Nintendo Switch: The first pictures
For Nintendo, the stakes couldn't be higher. The company's most recent home console, 2012's Wii U, never came close to the megahit success of the original Wii, released back in 2006. In the meantime, the company has continued to build a solid business on its 3DS portable platform, even as it's experimented with releasing games like Pokemon Go, Miitomo and Super Mario Run on iOS and Android mobile devices.
Based on Nintendo's original online reveal back in October, we know the Switch is a portable gaming tablet with detachable wireless controllers that can also be docked for play on a big TV screen. And we know it is slated to go on sale in March. Beyond that, though, it's a series of big unanswered questions.
- Games: What will the Switch launch titles be? What new Mario game is arriving? And, will the Switch be cross-compatible with any Wii, 3DS or Virtual Console titles, or be a fresh reboot? Nintendo's already confirmed the next Zelda game, and a few games like Splatoon have been teased along with a long list of developers.
- Price: We don't know anything about what the Switch or its accessories will cost…but we should get an answer at this event.
- A specific release date: We already know it's coming "March 2017," but with only two months left till March, expect actual release dates by region at this event, as well as some sort of possible preordering option.
- International release details. Which countries will the Switch hit, and when? We're hoping for more details on international specifics.
- How it aims to fit in with phones, tablets, and even the Nintendo 3DS: We know Switch plays games with modular accessories, in tablet or TV-connected mode. But does that mean the Switch will be a full tablet with apps? Will it share similarities with the Wii or the 3DS in any way? And, how does the system all work?
We'll know soon. Until then, you can watch our best guesses below.
Nintendo Switch: What we want from the new console
Jeff and Scott, two of CNET's resident gaming experts go over what we saw, what we know so far, and speculate what is still to come for Nintendo's newest gaming experience.
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