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Final Switch Predictions Before the Big Reveal

Edited: 01/11/17 to reflect Jeremy’s expectations of price

With just a few short days before the full unveiling of the Nintendo Switch (admittedly, it will feel like an eternity), there are still plenty of unanswered questions regarding the Switch. Though there have been plenty of leaks regarding just about every facet of the device, nothing has been officially confirmed by Nintendo since the October 20th video of the “First Look at Nintendo Switch.”

With all that being said, here is a list of Switch predictions, expectations and desires that Switchcore’s contributors and editors would like to see during the January 12th-13th blowout.

Jeremy’s Take

Nintendo has been making great consoles for the past 30+ years, and I don’t see that trend stopping with the Switch. Though I do not expect the Switch to compete at a level of sheer horsepower with devices like the PS4 Pro, I do expect it to be a significant upgrade over what the Wii U has to offer in terms of power. That’s a given. Nintendo has always been a company that has been very good at squeezing a lot out of a little. Let’s face it; they basically get lemons and make profound story driven, visually polished, gameplay altering lemonade. It’s nothing short of amazing.

As for predictions?

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will make the Switch launch, globally. The rumors floating around about a delay in the EU, in my opinion, have been greatly exaggerated. Though I have historically defended that Nintendo has never actually stated BotW would be a Switch launch title, it has been heavily insinuated. What better way to kick off the release of a brand new device than with one of the most beloved game franchises of all time?

At this point, I expect Nintendo to have a full-blown, system-wide achievement/trophy system. My thoughts on this have been outlined in a recent article, but I find it important to differentiate between desires and expectations, and I definitely expect this to be there. I know the majority of the folks over at r/NintendoSwitch disagree with me on the value achievements add to a device or service, but Nintendo has a way of taking ideas, expanding on them, and making them completely unique to the Nintendo way of doing things. I expect this to be no different.

Nintendo fans and Switch-watchers undoubtedly know Obe1. Yes, that Obe1. The hype train of a man whose personality and love of Nintendo has seen his YouTube channel grow to north of 37,000 subscribers. Why do I bring him up? Well, he has been “leaking” Switch information for a little over a week now with more “leaks” coming in the days leading into the big Switch blowout. One of those leaks is in regards to the possibility of Nintendo Switch VR. We covered a Nintendo Switch patent a few weeks back, which discussed details such as Virtual Reality. I expect Obe1 to have hit the nail on the head with this leak. I predict, once again, that Nintendo Switch VR (or whatever they decide to call it) will be outlined during the Switch event on the 12th/13th, but will not make launch. Maybe VR could be the killer app that gets Nintendo through holiday 2017?

Switch Patent Image 21

Admittedly, I have not spent a ton of time dabbling with Virtual Console games on any platform. However, that won’t stop me from getting fanboyishly excited about the possibility of Gamecube Virtual Console support on Nintendo Switch. Eurogamer ran an article in December stating that Gamecube VC support is in. I have been clamoring for the past 18+ months of the inclusion of Gamecube Virtual Console on the Switch. Please, Nintendo, do this. Also, consider releasing the Switch with the largest catalog of VC titles available for a new system at launch. The idea of playing Gamecube games and the rest of Nintendo’s back catalog of amazing games at home on the TV, as well as on the go, is nothing short of euphoric.

How could I forget about price!? Nintendo has historically been very price conscious, attempting to strike the perfect balance between profitability and what the market dictates. Over the past decade or so, Nintendo has opted out of the arms race for sheer power, theoretically keeping the costs of their devices down.  The Wii U was an outlier in that regard and cost Nintendo dearly. Many seem to think that a $250 price point is the sweet spot, and I will not argue. The question really becomes “Will it come with a game,” and “Will there be multiple SKUs?” My guess is the Switch will feature a pack-in title, though I’m not entirely sure which game they intend to feature. If Mario does make launch, this would arguably be the best game for the job.  I firmly believe, in accordance to make the Switch’s launch as simple and complication-free as possible, Nintendo will release just one SKU.

Charlie’s Take

Personally, I think we are going to get an hour-long info-packed presentation. There is a ton of information to be divulged such as hardware, the operating system and software. I fully expect more surprises than we can predict.

I think most hardware feature rumors will be true. I do think we will see motion controls, haptic feedback, multi-touch and support for headsets with mics for voice input. Personally, I also think we will see some form of customization for the hardware, such as interchangeable backplates or custom joycons.

Virtual reality has been rumored, and while I would love Nintendo to tackle it, I don’t think it is likely that we see it at this week’s event. If we do see virtual reality, it would make sense to show it off at E3 and launch it this holiday season.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The battery life will probably be controversial, lasting around three hours while running Breath of the Wild. I don’t expect much in the way of specs to be revealed, but I don’t expect the Switch to be a Pascal powerhouse in terms of base specs. I assume we are going to get something with less than 1 TFLOPS of raw power when docked. However, I think the Switch will surprise people with what it is capable of due to custom APIs and other software enhancements that the PS4 and Xbox One do not have.

In terms of price, I expect the base Switch unit to be $250 and a $300 bundle that includes a pack-in of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Considering this event is (reportedly) only going to be an hour long, I don’t think we will get an in-depth look at the operating system. Most of what we will learn might come from the Treehouse as they navigate between games or give a little more depth. That being said, I think it’s safe to say that the Switch won’t be running Android or have any sort of Android app store. Apps will be native to the Nintendo Switch. I do think we will see a browser and common media apps like Netflix and Hulu.

Nintendo Treehouse Live Nintendo Switch

I don’t expect to see any in-depth looks at software during the first event. All in-depth looks will be at the Treehouse Live event the next day. I assume we are going to get a surprising list of launch games, upcoming games, virtual console games, and Nindie titles in the form of short video clips. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be a launch title and I don’t think Mario is going to be a launch title despite rumors. Splatoon and Mario Kart will probably be launch games at $40. Gamecube Virtual Console with Super Smash Brothers Melee and Super Mario Sunshine will be available at launch with a $15 price tag. I do think Mother 3 will be revealed for $9.99 on the Virtual Console. Unfortunately, I do expect Nintendo to charge $1 per game to carry virtual titles over from the Wii U to the Switch. We will definitely see Ubisoft’s new games. The Rabbids game will be real, and I expect it to be strange, however not terrible. If Beyond Good and Evil 2 is shown at all, then it will only be a cinematic reveal that and won’t be released in 2017. I fully expect Skyrim: Remastered to be a launch title.

Drew’s Take

I fully expect Breath of the Wild to be revealed as a launch title along the likes of Splatoon and Mario Kart and even possibly a new 3D Mario game.  However, I also expect us to get quite a bit more 3rd party support than people are expecting, even if it’s just game teases, I do expect people to be satisfied with the amount of 3rd party support.  I also expect another hard hitting title to be shown by Nintendo for release in late 2017 or early 2018.  We’re likely due for a lot of surprises when it comes to software.  I expect a fully fleshed out virtual console with support up to even the Wii U.  I do expect a Mother 3 release within the first 6 months.

User interface I expect to have voice chat, party, a good social and friend system (finally) evolving on Miiverse, integration with MyNintendo and a clean, customizable UI with theme integration.

Mario on Nintendo Switch

As for hardware, I expect the Nintendo Switch to come in at least near an Xbox One level of power when docked, and slightly less when undocked.  I think Nintendo and Nvidia are great fits for technology together and that they will surprise us with how much potential the system has despite some of the negative rumors and speculation that have been floating around recently.  I do expect the Switch to have a touch screen and the device to have gyro/motion controls.  I expect the switch to have a large capacity for external storage, while keeping the internal storage around 32-64 gigabytes. I do not think they will have any “special edition” Nintendo Switch bundles until at least 6+ months after launch (No Breath of the Wild themed hardware, though I’m not saying 3rd parties won’t have skins, Nintendo just won’t ship anything designed that way).

For pricing, I’m going to say I predict it to launch for $200 flat, and $250 bundled with a game. I don’t see the games costing more than $50.  Launch date, I’m going to say mid March, the week of the 13th for all regions.  I’m a little worried that many people are going to have a hard time obtaining a Switch because of low quantity, though I think they will definitely handle this a lot better than the NES Classic Edition.

Overall I think we’re in for a big surprise on the 12th. My gut tells me Nintendo has learned from past presentations and that this is the one that’s going to show us Nintendo understands the console business better than anyone.

Scott’s Take

For the Switch, I’ve got some high hopes. It’s been a long while since I’ve had friends that felt excited about a Nintendo console, and it would feel great to have those friends feel good about coming over for some rounds in the latest Mario Kart or whatever other Nintendo title we loved together in the past. The games we play on our Playstations, XBoxes and PCs just don’t feel the same to me as they have through Nintendo’s charm, and I’m pretty excited to have the opportunity to bring that back into the living room once again for the first time in over 15 years.

I don’t worry too much about the hardware, as I don’t believe it’s strong hardware alone that makes a console. Sure, the hardware doesn’t hurt, but for a gamer like myself it isn’t a necessity or a focus. I would rather have a sub-par system with a crap ton of great games (Nintendo 3DS for example) than a super machine that only wows me on occasion with a game worth playing more than once. It’s a hard balance to find, but I think Nintendo is moving in the right direction this time around. Here’s what I think/hope/want to see:


  • $250 price by itself
  • A few surprise features for the system we haven’t seen in patents
  • A few surprise first party new IPs
  • Launch date of March 17th in the US


  • Presentation to near an hour and a half
  • Good skits involving Reggie, Bill, and the Treehouse crew; the Japanese teams
  • Remasters of Wii U games to broaden the audience and create more content with longer support
  • Many more fresh, new games that have not been on anyone’s leak list (1st and 3rd party)
  • A super surprise announcement after we think it’s all said and done.


  • Skyward Sword remaster
  • A Link to the Past remake (in the vein of A Link Between World’s engine)
  • F-Zero in any capacity. I’ll even take a visual novel about love between Samurai Goroh and Jody Summer
  • Star Fox 0 remaster with more traditional controls
  • Heavy Square-Enix support

Robson’s Take

Specs don’t matter to me all that much. People like to hate on Nintendo for having lower specs than PS4/XBONE, but everybody loves to say “Never count Nintendo out.”

I’m really excited to see what kind of features are on this thing. Virtual Console subscription service? New replacement for Miiverse (hopefully a better replacement)? Streaming, dare i say, without a capture card?

Miiverse on Switch

The games really have me excited too. Any system that can play Skyrim on the go, in a smaller form factor than a laptop is my favorite system. Over all, I’m hyped for the Switch event, and I already got my money ready for the second pre-orders come up.


About Jeremy Reilly

A devout Nintendo fan, Jeremy is driven by engaging in enlightening and intelligent conversations regarding video games. To keep up with his antics, such as seeing mountains of complaints directed at TWC, follow him @Friktion321 on Twitter.

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