Nearly two months ahead of the official launch of Nintendo Switch, the Japanese gaming company intends to kick off its North American Switch tour starting in New York City on Friday, January 13, 2017.

If you’re one of the lucky ones standing in line at Nintendo World Store in New York City at 9 am E.T., you could get a chance to pre-order from a “limited” and unspecified number of Nintendo Switch consoles and be the first of your friends to own one.

Nintendo Switch was designed to be a hybrid gaming console. In can be used in different ways – as a handheld gaming device with controllers attached, or as a regular gaming console with wireless controllers detached. The portability aspect is a throwback to Nintendo’s most popular days, and brings a tinge of nostalgia along with it.

The series of events, which will be held across six cities in the United States, is intended to showcase the lineup of games that will come with the Nintendo Switch, and has been scheduled 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
  • Los Angeles: March 3-5

Potential customers who make it to these events will also get a chance to try out the Nintendo Switch first hand. Not many details are known about the product, as Nintendo has been trying to keep things under wraps.

Here’s what we do know:

  • The Nintendo Switch is expected to cost $250.
  • A new 3D Mario game might be included in the box.
  • A possible launch of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as a launch title on the Switch.
  • Porting of certain games like Mario Kart 8 from WiiU.
  • Possible third-party support on Switch, notably for games like Skyrim from Bethesda Game Studios, as well as Ubisoft titles.

But with Nintendo, we could see some totally unexpected moves as well, as has been their habit for quite some time now. Even the “gimmick” of a pre-launch event has been done before with the original Nintendo Wii.

Who knows what Nintendo has up its sleeve for this year’s launch of the much-awaited Nintendo Switch? I guess we’ll have to wait a couple of days before we know for sure.

If you can’t make it to any of the events, you can watch the live streams on Nintendo’s YouTube or Twitch channels, or on their official website.

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