It's been confirmed by Nintendo that the Nintendo Switch will be launching in all regions during March 2017. Take this with a pinch of salt, but now Laura Dale - who from our own conversations seems to have some solid sources, and has previously published some articles on Switch via LetsPlayVideoGames - has revealed that she hears the Switch will launch in Europe on 17th March:
There's been chatter around this as a possible release week since Monster Hunter XX (Double Cross) was confirmed for 18th March in Japan, with some speculating whether that title could also be an early arrival on Switch in the country. That's possible of course, potentially to be confirmed in January, but it's also possible that the two releases will be entirely unrelated.
It's also another reason for Irish readers to celebrate as that's Saint Patrick's Day.
If these sources are to be believed then Japan will be getting the Switch a little bit earlier, however, perhaps to compensate for Capcom's monstrous upcoming hit on 3DS arriving in that period - in the process potentially lowering the odds on a Switch version of that game at launch.
There hasn't been any speculation on a firm target date for North America yet - but wouldn't it be too perfect if it was March 10th (MAR10)?
As always, let us know what you think about these latest rumours with a comment below.
Well either Monster Hunter is coming to Switch, or it's not and Nintendo wants to make Capcom pay.
Or it's just coincidence...
No idea how I'm going to find the money for it by March, but when there's a will, there's a way. No way I'm not getting it at launch.
17th is a Friday, same as their previous UK launches. Japan's normally on Saturdays and the US on Sundays. Unlikely Europe would get it first, so I guess the 4th or 11th for Japan and 12th for the US.
Though a worldwide launch on the 10th would indeed be magical.
I live in Northern Ireland. 17th March is St. Patrick's Day and Nintendo Switch will be released on that day in Europe.... Watches Nintendo Switch First Look Trailer... In reality everyone will be drunk on Guinness and watching the parades in the street. If NS has street pass features they could be onto a huge day one PR winner. hahaha
St. Patrick's Day for us Irish and it's also a bank holiday.
I've heard others asking for March 10th or MAR10 as the release date. Which is Mario's unofficial birthday.
I have red hair and I know it will out in all territories on the 1st March.
@dew12333 You beat me to it. Your red hair has always been a reputable source for Switch related headlines.
Others can't see the connection. The damn fools!
What a coincidence...
As someone who worked in Gamestop here in Ireland on Patrick's Day this year, with a major title release THE SAME DAY, it'll be an absolute mess in Gamestops around the country. Our store was alreadt flooded with kids and teens and then on top of it, every 2nd person looking for UFC 2, it won't go well with big queues and all that crap.
10th of March doesn't quite work the same here in Britain, but oh well, it's still a pretty cool idea!
The date is certainly plausable...
Super hyped about the Switch. I can't believe it's a mere 5 months away. FIVE MONTHS! That'll fly by.
St. Patrick Day ?
May Nintendo Switch have a Good Luck by Four Leaf Clover's Bless.
In that case I definitely do agree with the claims that Nintendo are being incredibly pessimistic and over cautious to only ship 2 million of these things before the end of March. I doubt it'll be Wii levels of stock shortages as the price is up in the air but if it is reasonable I would certainly predict shortages.
Ugh, Patrick's day in Dublin is a nightmare. Bad day to launch for Ireland. Good day for the rest of Europe.
Gave up on Patrick's day years ago. It a day for people who can't/don't drink and lose the plot. I'll drink the day before and have Switch (hopefully) with Zelda on pats day and for the weekend.
Seems right for an actual release date. Either that or Mar10
Im still w8 for games announces. No games - no buy.
For some reason I thought this was assumed a long time ago - isn't that the Breath of the Wild launch date? Or was that also speculation? Either way I've had the 17th circled in red for ages.
I'd love it to be the 17th March! Have asked my family to chip in and get it for my 30th, which is on the 18th, so that would be absolutely splendid! Also, I have a week booked off from work from the 17th.....
I looked on Amazon.fr and I can't pre-order yet. Guess we'll have to wait until the big presentation in January. But if BotW isn't a launch title, then no pre-order for me.
In Europe? I would love for the Switch to be released on St. Patty's Day. The corn beef/cabbage with potatoes and carrots is a super Yum all while playing the Switch. I can only imagine getting corned beef and cabbage juices on the controller. If March 17 is indeed a Friday, then it's a safe bet it's a drinking night as well. I guess us Americans will have to deal with it being out on the 10th. Regardless, it's going to be magically delicious.
It looks like a Kindle Fire tablet with controllers snapped on each side. I'm so not impressed by this system. Not in the least. If it was $99 maybe... but still, why not just have a tablet? Games are tremendously cheaper for tablets, and even an iPad is priced comparably to this "switch". I can't imagine Nintendo will find much profit from this thing.
If there's a nice Zelda: BOTW bundle then count me in. Otherwise I might wait.
As a side note, I was really looking forward to Stardew Valley on Wii U, but maybe we could get a Switch port also? Please?
Sometimes, it's not about cheap. It's about being a Real Gamer. Gaming is a hobby, expensive hobby. For me, games on tablet are not a Real gaming experience. I will stick on Nintendo no matter what and I don't care with the price and the way to play as long still affordable. Beside, playing on tablets by touch screen with Fingers is much difficult than using real D-pad. Sorry if you have different opinion.
@Anti-Matter I have been a hard core gamer since 1977. I've been a dedicated Nintendo gamer since 1989. I own more than 25 game systems and more than 3000 games. But loyalty or not, I'm really (hugely) disappointed with the direction Nintendo is going with this system and their concept of gaming in general. They are so far gone now from all the things that once set them apart as the greatest game company in the world.
@Christmas I just hope it's priced right.
It is a tablet with 2 controllers on the side.
if this was purely a ninty tablet with backwards capability and not a home console hybrid id be all over it, as it is, its an easy pass for me and unfortunately my money will be spent elsewhere..
Okay, it's time to amuse @ThanosReXXX with something new.
I've seen Sausage Party and, contrary to my worst fears, I loved thar movie. So I thought, how about shaking up the lyrics to its opening number?
Of course, the song is just as R-rated as the movie itself, so this should have you covered.
you're so divine in each and every way
for you we play,
just don't make the console
we always felt we had a special bond
make a PS4, just twice as strong,
so we're sure
we will win the Console Wars!
Once it's out the sliding doors,
things will all be grand,
devs will make our brand new machine
Bethesda showed Skyrim
so we all know we're in good hands,
we're super sure there's nothing buggy
waiting for us on Nintendo Switch!
And every dev
thinks something different...
(Holy smokes, Unreal Engine!)
but to this we all agree
(Booyah, suckers, just count me in!)
Everyone else is missing out, yeah...
for not trusting Nintendo Switch!
for all eternity great games we'll make,
you guys just wait!
we'll get to outsmart even PS4s!
We'll get more third party support, by Zeus!
Switch iz maz-ter race, for sure! [note: apologies to all German users for this line, but remember the musical number I'm riffing]
Nintendo Switch might get exclusives, too!
we keep our hype straight inside, 'cause it's early...
we've yet to see...
but that's the way
the hype keeps fresh and pure...
But once the Switch is out,
it's not a sin,
for good games to keep
in other words
we'll finally see some luck
Nintendo always cares for us,
of the jokes we won't be butts,
we cannot overstate
how confident we are
that our beliefs are accurate
and nothing awful happens to us
on Nintendo Switch!
(To heck with all you naysayers! We're getting the Nintendo Switch, stupid haters!)
Man this song was a chore to de-R-rating-ify. Hopefully this comment won't be wiped by the mods...
I notice just now the irony of having just written an anthem for Switch hype by changing the lyrics to the opening musical number to a Sony movie.
I'm sorry to hear that but I still trust Nintendo whatever they do. I believe Nintendo can deliver great gameplay experience until today.
@originaljohn hey I'm from Northern Ireland too! I'm usually working St. Patricks day though, no Guinness for me sadly... if I get a Switch though, I'll get over it!
@AlexSora89 Very inventive. Haven't seen the movie yet, and the piano clip you linked to doesn't really help me to paste the text onto the music in the right way, so I'll need to go and check out the actual song, but that'll happen eventually, so after that, I'll revisit this tribute of yours and will be able to enjoy it that much more...
Anyone else worried about long lines like the wii, they were projecting only 2 million units shipped by the END of March...
Ugh I know I said I wouldn't buy it day one due to no BC but... I'm going to end up buying this day one. Good thing I already have money put aside.
I keep trying to tell myself that I am going to get out of gaming this gen...but...it's like I'm addicted. /reluctant sarcasm
@Christmas You can buy a $400 tablet for flappy birds, city "builders" and gem matching games, or $99 for one that doesn't run half of them, or you can buy a Switch for less than the latest iPad.
@dew12333 I don't believe you, your lack of green hair loses credibility for you.
Switch January Direct can't come soon enough...
As always, we'll see what the future brings. I'm content to wait.
The movie stands out from the usual brand of irreverent, raunchy satire offered by adult animation, which is why I enjoyed it so much. Sure, there are some outright vulgar scenes (the second-to-last scene... dear goodness, the second-to-last scene!), but all in all, it's not quite what you'd expect in an adult animated movie.
For example, let's take something as divisive as a religious critique - take just this one line, out of context: "You can't just slam their beliefs! You have to show them that there's a better way. You need to inspire them like you inspired me! You need to give them... hope."
Now imagine that said in a Seth MacFarlane show, where all you get is an endless mockery of religious beliefs. It's truly better than the ads make it out to be.
So pumped!!! My company is buying me a Switch at launch with any games and accessories I want. Hahaha. Love my job. March can't come sooner!!!
Awesome can't wait .
Where do you work?
Are they hiring?
They want to avoid MAR10 as a launch date because they won't have a Mario game ready in the launch window. ;D
Well get first hands-on of the next 3D Mario at E3 and it'll launch Holiday 2017 earliest, methinks.
@Moshugan They could release a 2D Mario for the launch. But hopefully it's more inspired than New Super Mario Bros. Imagine a 2D Mario with hand-drawn graphics akin to Wario Land: Shake It! That's what I'd like to see, with a mission mode like in New SMB U.
@MadAdam81 actually, I have an iPad mini 4 with 128gb storage, and this thing has more power than the "switch" could even dream of having. And as far as games, I still pretty much only play on my 3ds, as that's my preferred system now, but the App Store has thousands of great games for free or very low prices, even many major games that have been out on regular game systems. RPGs, action, adventure, puzzler types, you name it. They have it all. I don't prefer playing them on an iPad but I would gladly do so if the switch was my only other option.
@MadAdam81 Please don't rile up the Apple people. It is peaceful in here right now.
(Yes I have a watch and a iphone)
@BenAV if you have WII U juts sell that one!
If I had to predict a date it would be 17th or 24th. They seem to love those late March releases for hardware.
I need clarity on a date! Have a week off work to book! 😆
PAL, that´s what he said. Finally back to god old 50 fps and not that 60 fps NTSC stuff
@AlexSora89 Lol. Discover Card in Salt Lake City, UT. Come out here and I'll hook you up! haha
The way I see this is that even if it's a guess, it's the best guess you could make at this stage, as even if it's wrong, it's guaranteed to be no more than 2 weeks off.
I play 3DS too. Also with NDS games as well.
About Apps Store games, even Free or Low Price, None of them appeals me. I just don't like to play games on tablet / smartphone. I don't care with price tag. And I don't follow nowadays trends just because a lot of people did. I like to being different, against mainstream sometimes.
Dang! I've been dreaming of visiting the United States for quite a while, but sadly I'm still new to long-distance travels: I'm gonna have my first one this month, a week in Naples (i live in Northern Italy) which means for the U.S. it's still early. But I have distant relatives in California, so who knows...
XX is just a 3DS game
@AlexSora89 Man, that sounds awesome, though! You never know...
I'll let you know if things change!
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