Timeline of upcoming Nintendo Switch events

There's about to be a blitz of Switch presentations and demos, and I wanted to organize them all to try to make sense of what's a presentation, what's a press-only event, a public demo, etc. I plan to update this post with concrete dates/times and locations when they become available.


First, the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 will be live streamed from Japan at 11 PM ET on January 12. This will be followed by (or take place during) a private, press-only event, where attendees will get to go hands-on with Switch for the first time.

The following day marks the beginning of a two-day public event at Tokyo Big Sight (no invites needed?) that will allow more people to get their hands on and play Switch.

Around the same time, similar press-only events will be held in the US and UK.

Very soon after that, at least one public (but apparently invite-only) Nintendo event will take place at Nintendo NY. Other regions of the world (or even other US cities) will likely see the same thing in the month of January.

And finally, at some time between all these events and the March release date, Nintendo will commence public and open demos at retail partners (similar to the numerous Best Buy events they've held in the US, if you're familiar with those).

Event Location Date (ET) Date (local) Description Source
Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Tokyo, Japan 11 PM Jan 12 1 PM Jan 13 Live stream of private press-only Tokyo event; Switch release date, pricing, games revealed todo
Nintendo Switch Hands-on Experience 2017 Tokyo, Japan Jan 13 – Jan 14 Jan 14 – Jan 15 Public hands-on demos with Switch todo
US Press Event USA After Jan 12 After Jan 12 Press-only event for US todo
UK Press Event UK After Jan 12 After Jan 12 Press-only event for UK todo
Nintendo NY event USA After Jan 12 todo Public event, but seemingly invite-only for My Nintendo members in NYC, offering hands-on demo with Switch todo
Hands-on events in other countries TBD ? January January Same as above N/A
Retailer demos At least US, UK Before March Before March Supervised hands-on demo at a store kiosk, totally open to the public todo

Discussion started at here by LightsaberCrayon

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