At 3:00pm AEDT today, Nintendo will finally start to answer some of the questions everyone has been asking about the Nintendo Switch. The day after that, I'll be able to get hands on with the Switch in Melbourne.
We've got a bunch of hopes and dreams for the consoles, as well as plenty of concerns. And so ahead of the official trailer, I asked my colleagues from various walks of the technology world: what did you want to see from the Nintendo Switch today?
Mark Serrels, Kotaku/Gizmodo/Lifehacker managing editor
At base level I want what I expect we'll get: a release date and a reasonable Australian price point.
I want a list of launch titles I find compelling. I want to know when that Mario game is coming or — at the very least — see it in action.
(I suspect we won't get the Mario thing.)
The launch titles thing is most important. I'm already sold on the hardware and I couldn't give a shit about the specs. Seriously. The Wii U held its own last generation and not once did I find myself screaming about processing power.
That's never been the issue with Nintendo. The issue has always been the games.
Drip feed scheduling has always relegated Nintendo to 'second console' status, and that's okay, but I'd like to see more commitment to bringing indie games to its platform at a reasonable price. I'd like to see a definitive idea of what Nintendo itself is developing for the console. Many will wonder about third party support. I don't think that's as important as you might expect. People buy Nintendo consoles for Nintendo video games. Nothing will change that.
But if you're asking me for pie-in-the-sky dreams? How about a Switch subscription service that gives me access to everything in the Virtual Console? I'd pay for that. I'd pay a lot of money for that.
Campbell Simpson, Gizmodo editor
I want one of those horrible plastic steering wheel controllers that the Wiimote had.
Tegan Jones, Kotaku/Gizmodo/Lifehacker commercial editor
I’m hoping that Breath of the Wild will turn me into a Zelda fan. I didn’t grow up on the franchise, so I’ve never understood the hype. But I want to. I have always laboured under the assumption that without the nostalgia I just wouldn’t feel it. Perhaps the Switch will prove me wrong.
I also have all of my appendages crossed for a Super Mario Galaxy 3 announcement. That would make me incredibly happy.
There’s also a strong chance that we’ll be seeing Stardew Valley come to the Switch as a third party title. I would absolutely buy that for a third time.
Lastly, I’m still holding out for digital backwards compatibility. I think the insane popularity of the Mini NES is evidence enough that fans place a tonne of importance on retro titles. Goldeneye forever!
Chris Jager, Lifehacker editor
All I really want to see is an Aussie price tag. We already know what the Switch does and have a pretty good idea of how powerful it will be. Most prospective buyers are going to view this as either a secondary console or a suped-up DS - hopefully the RRP will reflect that.
Also, I reckon there could be a big retro announcement. Imagine if all first-party NES/SNES titles were downloadable for free. Just do it Nintendo.
Alex Walker, Kotaku editor
Tomorrow will have a fair amount of basics. I'm not expecting Nintendo to turn their presentation into a AMD/NVIDIA style tech breakdown, but I do expect some clarity on the technical details. What's the difference between the Switch on the go and when it's docked? Is the screen a touch screen or not? What storage options are available, and for how much? What's the battery life like?
And for God's sake, the price. Put us out of our misery.
But more importantly, what's the online infrastructure going to be like? Having all of the virtual console games available - if not immediately, then hopefully not before too long - would be a huge plus. Being able to play Nintendo's back catalogue has always been a huge help in getting over the lack of third-party titles.
That's especially true if Nintendo wants to get into esports. They can't just allow the Switch to stream to Twitch/YouTube/Facebook - presuming its capable of all three at launch - and leave it at that. There has to be a community, a way for people to find this content, a better ecosystem.
I want Nintendo to show me that they understand the internet, and how gaming communities function online. It's possible all of this filters through the Miiverse, although it'll need a substantial upgrade to handle a world with Twitch/YouTube/Facebook Live.
Hell, can you imagine Miiverse having to deal with Twitch chat?
In terms of actual games, I remember an interview with Miyamoto once where he said Nintendo likes to use Mario to headline their major releases. But if you look back at the Wii, it didn't ship with a Mario title at launch. Twilight Princess was there, Wii Sports was a big drawcard, and Iwata originally wanted Super Smash Bros. Brawl to be a launch title.
And that's the situation I think we might get today: Zelda confirmed as a launch title, with a second launch or a bundling with the new 3D Mario later in the year (possibly around September/October). A Zelda/Smash Bros. port would make for a decent launch, but Mario Kart (or some form of Mario Kart) is a much safer option.
Everyone on Kotaku is keen as mustard for Zelda. But families turn out in droves for Mario Kart, and Easter isn't far away.
Xander Addington, Allure Media research and insight analyst
I just bought a 3DS a few months ago, which I am thrilled with, so I’m am slowly turning into a Nintendo fanboy. If there are some great RPGs for the Switch, I will certainly be in line to buy one. But tell us the price, Nintendo!
What do you want to see from the Switch presentation today?