Nintendo Switch goes on tour in North America starting January 13
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The Switch in its handheld mode. Photo Credit: Nintendo

The Switch in its handheld mode. Photo Credit: Nintendo

More details will be released the day before in Tokyo, followed by the first NYC demo

Nintendo revealed today that after its Presentation 2017 debut of the Switch console on January 12 in Tokyo, the Switch will go on tour in several cities for three days at a time, Fridays through Sundays, for which the last day will be open to the public. (The first two days are by invite only for MyNintendo members.)

The cities and dates are as follows: New York (January 13-15), Toronto (January 27-29), Washington, D.C. (February 10-12), Chicago (February 17-19), San Francisco (February 24-26), and lastly, Los Angeles (March 3-5).

Prior to this, the company had announced showings of the console system at PAX South, PAX East, and SXSW Austin in the US. Gamers got their first live look at the system on The Tonight Show earlier this month, showcasing the newest The Legend of Zelda franchise installment: “Breath of the Wind.”

The worldwide launch date hasn’t been formally set, but journalist Laura Kate Dale reported last month that it will be on March 17, 2017, for an as yet-undisclosed price. Data flagged by PC Advisor UK suggests a price anywhere between $200 and $500, depending on the bundle and specific geographical market, but that prices on the lower end of that spectrum are more likely between $200 and $300, as that is in keeping with Nintendo’s past releases.

A key selling point for the system is that it can be used as a regular in-home console and as a handheld. Performance won’t be entirely identical though, as Let’s Play Video Games reports that, “When the system is connected to the dock by USB-C, the system’s components will run at a higher clock speed to facilitate 1080p resolutions on the TV.” Obviously, it won’t have that option in handheld mode, since the dock gives it extra fan capacity to preventing overheating. The extra boost from the dock won’t put it in the same standing as the Sony PS4, but will still offer gamers a respectably powerful option at home and on the go that can handle the likes of Skyrim and NBA 2K among other big-name offerings, for less.

Unfortunately for Wii U owners, the Switch is basically going to switch off the former’s lights for good. “Breath of the Wind” may not even be developed for the Wii U due to hardware limitations, reports Gamer Revolution, and the Wii U itself is no longer in production.

Making up for that, though, may be virtual reality and touch screen options for the Switch. A patent filed by Nintendo earlier this year was recently disclosed to the public, hints at these features, the former via an HMD of yet-unknown specifications.

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