January 13 is the day Nintendo has scheduled a press conference to announce their plans for their snazzy new Switch console — odds are good we’ll hear about the launch games beyond Zelda, and what that Mario samurai shirt Miyamoto’s been wearing lately is about. And right after that info comes out, Nintendo is going to take the Switch on a tour around the US, so people can demo the machine for themselves.
But you might not want to get too excited just yet. It’s a very limited tour, the only stops being the places where the cost of living is the most high.
- 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
During these stops, two of the three days the Switch is there will be reserved for members of the press and whoever Nintendo feels is worthy. The third and final day will be open to the public, but with such a narrow window, it’s going to be crowded. Nintendo says chances to demo the Switch will be “first-come, first-serve” and recommends an “early arrival” — the experience should be like trying to buy an NES Classic or anything else the company puts out these days.
Want some better news? There are alternatives. There will also be a playable Switch to try out at PAX South (January 27-29), PAX East (March 10-12), and SXSW (March 16-18). Unfortunately, even with those options, you still can’t demo the Switch if you live in the Pacific Northwest, and that is where Nintendo of America is located. Who can figure them out.