Stay on target
We’re just days away from the big Nintendo Switch presentation. The Japanese livestream on Thursday night should tell us all we need to know about Nintendo’s console/handheld hybrid. The Treehouse stream the following morning will highlight some of the games, and that afternoon Geek.com will be trying out the Switch for ourselves at an event here in New York City.
The time for Nintendo Switch speculation will soon be over. So before that happens we just wanted to make some final predictions about the device based on facts, rumors, wishes, and gut feelings. Some are safe, others are bold. But no matter what happens, later this week we can all laugh about how wrong we were.
The right price point can make all the difference for a new video game console. Remember when the PlayStation 3 launched at $600? Or when Nintendo had to give away free games to make up for slashing the 3DS’s price? Since the Switch will most likely be less powerful than the competition, it needs a price point that reflects that in order to sway consumers.
Safe Guess: $250-$300.
I’m Feeling Lucky: $199 with a pack-in game and a Pro Controller.
The Switch’s standout feature is its ability to function as both a handheld and a home console. But there are still features about the device that have yet to be revealed outside of rumors and patents. The right features could take the Switch from cool concept to actual cool product.
Safe Guesses: A 6.2-inch multitouch screen. IR pointer, rumble, and motion control functionality in the Joy-Cons. USB-C ports. Unified online accounts.
I’m Feeling Lucky: Virtual Reality headset. Battery life over five hours. 4K video streaming in the dock. Mobile integration with apps like Miitomo and Miiverse. A vitality sensor.
Gimmicks are underrated, but what really makes gaming hardware worth owning is the software. Nintendo is arguably the best developer in the business, and the idea of the company putting all of its development resources toward one platform instead of two is one of the most exciting things about the Switch. Now we just need to see what those games are, and what third parties are coming along for the ride.
Safe Guesses: The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, Mario, Splatoon, Skyrim, Mario Rabbids RPG, Pokemon Stars, Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart, 2K Sports games, GameCube Virtual Console games.
I’m Feeling Lucky: Beyond Good and Evil 2, Mother 3, Xenoblade Chronicles Something or Other, Diddy Kong Racing 2, the next project from Retro Studios.
We already know the Switch is coming in March, right before the end of the fiscal year, but waiting until March 1st is a lot easier than waiting until March 31st.
Safe Guess: March 17th
I’m Feeling Lucky: March 10th, or MAR10
Nintendo reveals the Switch is just one part of the NX platform, announces a dedicated home console more powerful than the Xbox Scorpio. So many teraflops! YouTubers everywhere lose their minds. Microsoft and Sony execs kill themselves onstage. NES Classics flood store shelves for good measure.