Nintendo's mega-reveal of their upcoming console/handheld hybrid, the Nintendo Switch, on January 12th just got bigger. On January 13th, Nintendo's #Treehouse is going to have an in-depth look at the games that will be revealed during the January 12th webcast.
After refusing to talk about the Switch for months outside of one three and a half minute trailer, Nintendo is finally ready to talk in-depth about their new system. It's one of the most heavily rumored systems ever, with new rumors about the hardware and games swirling almost daily at this point.
The Switch is scheduled to come out in March, and hype for the system is already high. After next week's reveal, it will likely be the talk of the industry.
This is going to be the equivalent of a major E3 console reveal. Hold on to your butts!
Let's take a quick look at some of the rumors and some of what is expected to be talked about at the reveal:
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Of all the Switch software rumors, this one has the greatest chance of becoming a reality, since Skyrim was showcased in the actual Switch trailer Nintendo released in October. Of course, both Nintendo and Bethesda were dodgy and non-committal about confirming whether Skyrim is actually coming to Switch, but it's obviously being worked on. It would be an excellent game for Zelda fans to try their hand at for those new to the series.
Not only was Skyrim in the Switch trailer, Nintendo listed #Bethesda as an official third-party developer for one of their systems for the first time ever with the Switch. If #Skyrim doesn't make it to Switch, it would be one of the biggest teases from a console manufacturer ever seen.
Beyond Good & Evil 2
A Beyond Good & Evil sequel has been rumored to be coming exclusively to the Switch. Although reports early on were that Nintendo was funding the game themselves, and it would be a permanent Switch exclusive, recent rumors are saying it would likely be a timed, one-year exclusive.
Super Mario/Rabbids Crossover
A #SuperMario/Rabbids RPG-crossover from #UbiSoft has been another strong rumor. It's reported to be a strategy-RPG game of some sort that UbiSoft and Nintendo have been making together. This game is rumored to be already finished, localized, and ready to launch.
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
We know that #Zelda: Breath Of The Wild is scheduled to come out sometime in 2017, but recent reports have suggested that it might actually make launch. This contradicts earlier reports that suggested it would come out sometime in Q2 2017 and the Super Mario 3D platformer briefly seen in the Switch trailer would release at launch. Whenever Zelda launches, it's going to be big.
Pokemon Sun & Moon/Wii U Remasters
A Switch port of Pokemon Sun & Moon, codenamed "Pokémon Stars", has been another hot rumor. Also, Wii U remasters and ports have been rumored for Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Splatoon, #MarioKart8, and Xenoblade Chronicles X.
Pokemon Snap 2
One of the early software rumors for Switch was that Nintendo would have some sort of Pokemon game within six months of Switch's launch. That game could be the aforementioned "Pokemon Stars", but given that Pokemon Sun & Moon just released in November, that seems unlikely.
A rumor floating around is that Nintendo has been quietly teasing a sequel to the beloved Pokemon Snap for the Nintendo 64. Anything Pokemon will sell, and Nintendo getting something like a #PokemonSnap game on Switch close to launch would be a huge boon for the system.
System Hardware & Specs
There have been tons of hardware rumors about #Switch over the last six months, but one of the most consistent is that Switch games will run games better when the unit is docked and playing games on a TV than it will when it is in portable mode. Higher clock speed and 1080p screen resolution when played on a TV have been touted.
For as many Switch #rumors as there has been, #Nintendo is sure to have some surprises coming our way next week. It's always an exciting time when a new Nintendo system is revealed and talked about, so mark your calendars for January 12th!
What games do you want to see at the reveal? What hardware functions are a priority for you? What price point should Nintendo launch the Switch at? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!