Analyzing Our Nintendo Switch Presentation Predictions

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The Switch Presentation has come and gone, and with it comes the time to fact check ourselves. We published a predictions piece prior to the event on January 12th, and in looking back, it was mostly accurate. Here’s how the whole event stacks up to our modest expectations, with the Switch Presentation embedded below for a refresher.


The Switch will launch on March 17th for $249.99 USD, or $299.99 with a pack-in: Incorrect

Wrong on both counts in good and bad ways. The Nintendo Switch will launch much earlier than anticipated, topping off the month of March rather than dragging the wait out. The price for the Switch is much higher than expected, however, and that $300 USD is without a pack-in game (not even 1-2-Switch).

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will launch day-and-date with the Switch: Correct

There was little chance of this not happening. After humorously dragging out the inevitable release date news, a new Zelda trailer was shown, and at the very end came the pivotal release date of March 3rd, 2017. Good to see Breath of the Wild was not delayed to the summer after all, and will launch worldwide on the same day.

Mario Kart, Splatoon, and the new Super Mario will be given titles and release windows/dates: Correct

While Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was not given a title or release date until after the presentation, both Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey were formally announced last night. We don’t have to wonder when they’ll come out, either. While Mario Kart 8 Deluxe leads on April 28th, Splatoon 2 will be a summer game, and Super Mario Odyssey headlines the holiday season.

The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Just Dance 2017, LEGO City Undercover, and RIVE will be among the third party games shown during the presentation: Correct

This was a pretty safe bet, but third party games and select developers did show during Nintendo’s presentation. Todd Howard of Bethesda himself confirmed that Skyrim will come to the Switch later this year, while the other games were seen in a montage. Just Dance 2017 itself will be a launch day release.

The Switch’s motion controls, IR pointer, and touch screen capabilities will be formally confirmed: Correct

These features had all but been given away through rumors and leaked patents, but it was nice of Nintendo to formally confirm this additional features of the Switch. The IR pointer is actually an IR Camera that senses the distance of objects, the touch screen is capacitive, and to top it off, the Switch’s rumble effect is being termed “HD Rumble” that can simulate specific tactile sensations (like the motions of ice cubes in a cup).

Nintendo GameCube for Virtual Console will be announced: Incorrect

It was not surprising, but Virtual Console talk wasn’t in the cards during the presentation, let alone GameCube. Nintendo says it will talk about Virtual Console later, but we do know that paid subscribers to their upcoming online service will get a free NES or Super NES game a month to “rent”. And hey, Japan has confirmed that Neo Geo games are coming to the Switch, so that’s something.

Mother 3 will be announced for a western release: Incorrect

Not a whisper about the Game Boy Advance cult classic Mother 3 coming to the Switch last night. Oh well, maybe next time…


So, that makes 4 correct and 3 incorrect. That can’t be all that bad. Hopefully your own predictions and hopes for Nintendo’s Switch presentation went just as well or better than our own.

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When he's not writing about or playing all the great Nintendo games, Alex Irish works by day at a local book emporium, and the rest of the time, he illustrates and writes online. His favorite video game franchise is Pokemon, but his favorite video game is Resident Evil 4. He also can tell you everything about animation history, from past to present.