Can Nintendo make its next console as successful as the Wii and DS?
That's surely the hope as the Nintendo Switch, a device that can switch between home and portable modes, is prepared for a March 2017 launch.
North American, European and Asian branches of Nintendo are co-ordinating to provide a variety of ways to follow the Jan 12 (US) and Jan 13 (EU and JP) event.
The presentation is expected to take place in Japanese with either voiceovers or subtitles in other languages, and is likely to clock in at less than an hour.
It's to start at 8pm PST and 11pm EST on January 12 (North America), 4am BST and 5am CET on Jan 13 (Europe), and 1pm JST on January 13 (Japan) and 12pm Malaysian time on Jan 13 (Malaysia).
Regional official websites such as nintendo.com/switch, nintendo.co.uk/switch, nintendo.fr/switch, and nintendo.co.jp/switch remain the obvious stopping-off points for live video as wellas galleries and follow-up material.
The Treehouse Live community team has also scheduled in a separate slot via YouTube and Twitch starting at 9:30 EST on Jan 13 (US,) which is equivalent to 3:30pm Europe 11:30pm Japan and 10:30pm in Malaysia on Jan 14.
As for context, much has changed since the heady days of the DS and Wii.
Smartphones are de rigueur, broadening and changing the gaming landscape in a way that Nintendo used to.
The Nintendo DS's successor, the 3DS, launched in 2011 and sold about half as much as the DS.
Considering how well the DS did – it's the best-selling dedicated gaming handheld of all time – that's still pretty good. Not so encouraging was 2012's Wii U. A dozen excellent games didn't help it take off; Sega's last two home consoles, the Saturn and the Dreamcast, both sold nine million each. With Nintendo's Wii U on a comparable 13 million, a repeat performance could be cause for concern.
But with Nintendo now on smartphones, the success of mobile hit Pokémon Go thought to have boosted sales of the 3DS's Pokémon Sun & Moon, the Japanese console giant just might have rediscovered its x-factor.
Successive rumours have placed its introductory price at around US$250 (RM1,120), provided battery life estimations, and identified differences in graphical power when plugged into a TV at home or played on the go.
Nintendo is now expected to confirm those details, provide a list of launch titles, and confirm the status of banner release The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at its Nintendo Switch Presentation ahead of launch two months later. — AFP Relaxnews
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