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9:06 p.m. PST: Show’s over, folks! The presentation has ended. Thanks for sticking with us!
9:05 p.m. PST: Breath of the Wild launches March 3rd — launch title.
9:05 p.m. PST: Zelda, Gerudo, more characters shown. Multiple characters with voice acting.
9:04 p.m. PST: Towns and villages shown. Man’s voice speaking.
9:03 p.m. PST: More voice acting — elderly-sounding woman.
9:01 p.m. PST: New Breath of the Wild footage being shown. Tropical locations, snowy landscapes.
9:01 p.m. PST: Switch pre-orders in Japan on January 21st.
9:00 p.m. PST: Miyamoto shown playing Breath of the Wild.
8:59 p.m. PST: Breath of the Wild — “Where is it?” Will be at a special event in NY tomorrow.
8:58 p.m. PST: Americans can play Switch in six different cities on six different Sundays. Reggie encourages fans to “show up early” to these events.
8:57 p.m. PST: European players can go to more Switch events in “the coming months.” Keep an eye out for Nintendo of Europe social media for news.
8:55 p.m. PST: Product configurations. Includes Switch console, left and right Joy-Con, Joy-Con wrist straps, Joy-Con grip, Nintendo Switch dock, HDMI cable and an A/C adapter. Pro Controller available separately. Two packages, same price. One with gray Joy-Cons, one with one Neon Blue and one Neon Red Joy-Cons.
8:55 p.m. PST: Kimishima back on stage.
8:55 p.m. PST: High-speed racing game, skiing game, new Mario Kart 8 battle mode shown.
8:53 p.m. PST: Just Dance, Minecraft, Project Sonic game, others shown in trailer.
8:52 p.m. PST: Software trailer being shown.
8:51 p.m. PST: Will have more to say about FIFA in “the coming months.”
8:50 p.m. PST: FIFA game is “custom-built” for Switch.
8:50 p.m. PST: FIFA game will be coming to Switch “later this year.”
8:49 p.m. PST: EA Games rep is on stage.
8:47 p.m. PST: Travis Touchdown game title has not been decided yet.
8:47 p.m. PST: Travis Touchdown will be “making his return on Nintendo Switch.”
8:46 p.m. PST: Skyrim developer Bethesda is excited to “finally” work with Nintendo.
8:45 p.m. PST: Skyrim announced for Switch.
8:44 p.m. PST: Sega “intends to be present on the platform.” Sees appeal in hardware. Will consider new games for Switch and will present them “soon.”
8:43 p.m. PST: “Development has only just begun” on Shin Megami Tensei game.
8:42 p.m. PST: Square-Enix RPG game being shown off. Project Octopath Traveler.
8:42 p.m. PST: New game powered by Unreal Engine 4 being shown — Shin Megami Tensei.
8:40 p.m. PST: Dragon Quest Heroes I & II announced.
8:40 p.m. PST: Official title is “Fire Emblem Warriors.” Over 80 third-party games in development.
8:39 p.m. PST: Chrom is a character in the game.
8:39 p.m. PST: Fire Emblem Warriors game shown off.
8:38 p.m. PST: Xenoblade 2 announced.
8:37 p.m. PST: New Monolith game being shown off.
8:36 p.m. PST: Holiday 2017 release.
8:36 p.m. PST: Mario’s hat is a separate character, has eyes. Theme is “journey to an unknown world.”
8:36 p.m. PST: Title is “Super Mario Odyssey.”
8:35 p.m. PST: Mario can toss his hat as a boomerang.
8:33 p.m. PST: Mario game set in city. Wall jumps, climbing on building ledges. Air ship Mario can ride.
8:33 p.m. PST: New Mario game.
8:32 p.m. PST: Squid Research Lab to continue to show off game prior to release.
8:32 p.m. PST: Splatoon 2 coming Summer 2017. Updates after launch. Plans for ongoing, in-game events.
8:30 p.m. PST: Brand-new secondary weapons. Can use Joy-Con, Pro Controller, on TV and Handheld Mode. Either mode can use gyro controls. X button to view map. Super Jump by clicking on button next to teammate on screen. Local and network multiplayer.
8:29 p.m. PST: “Many changes to [Inkling]s’ world.” Battle stages, fashions and weapons have “evolved.” “Splat-doolies” are double-wielded weapons. Can propel characters into air.
8:27 p.m. PST: Splatoon 2 is the title.
8:27 p.m. PST: New UI and weapons.
8:27 p.m. PST: Splatoon being shown off with new music.
8:27 p.m. PST: Online, local and single player. Releases Spring.
8:26 p.m. PST: Spring-Man and Ribbon Girl are characters’ names.
8:26 p.m. PST: Uncover “higher-level techniques and strategies” by playing more.
8:25 p.m. PST: Fists move with movement of Joy-Con controllers. Move character by tilting Joy-Con.
8:24 p.m. PST: Arms is a fighting sports game that uses extendable arms to battle. Like boxing, but also “like shooting” where you “aim and fire at distant opponents.”
8:23 p.m. PST: Name is “Arms.”
8:22 p.m. PST: New game based on what appears to have been Project Giant Robot.
8:20 p.m. PST: Releases March 3rd as a launch title.
8:20 p.m. PST: Primarily played through face-to-face interaction. Meant as party game.
8:20 p.m. PST: Look directly into opponent’s eyes to play.
8:20 p.m. PST: “Mixes up new kinds of play that you’ve never seen before.” 1, 2 Switch can be played without looking at any screen.
8:19 p.m. PST: 1, 2 Switch announced.
8:18 p.m. PST: Joy-Con used to “fire” pistols at each other.
8:18 p.m. PST: Wild West game. Stand-off between two men. Game has Joy-Con functionality described below.
8:17 p.m. PST: Two new games being shown off.
8:16 p.m. PST: “HD Rumble” is responsible for this feature.
8:15 p.m. PST: Motion IR camera. Can tell the difference between rock, paper and scissors and can convey different sensory feelings, like ice cubes colliding in a cup.
8:14 p.m. PST: Wrist-strap for Joy-Con shown. Prominent L and R buttons.
8:13 p.m. PST: Joy-Con comes in Neon Blue and Neon Red.
8:13 p.m. PST: Each Joy-Con can be used as a “fully-functioning Joy-Con controller.” “Sharing the joy.”
8:12 p.m. PST: Video capture coming soon. Share to social media. Independent motion control for each Joy-Con.
8:11 p.m. PST: NFC reader/writer in Joy-Con controller. Capture button for screenshots.
8:11 p.m. PST: Each joy stick on the Joy-Con can be pressed like a button.
8:10 p.m. PST: Yoshiaki Koizumi has taken the stage.
8:09 p.m. PST: Battery life: 2.5 – 6.5 hours. Touch screen. Up to 8 Switches can be connected for local wireless multiplayer.
8:09 p.m. PST: Table Top Mode with kickstand and Handheld Mode with Joy-Con controllers.
8:09 p.m. PST: Different play styles… TV Mode. Mario Kart port shown.
8:07 p.m. PST: “Nintendo Switch is a video game system for the home.”
8:06 p.m. PST: Switch said to “inherit” features from all past Nintendo hardware.
8:06 p.m. PST: Mr. Shinya Takahashi has taken the stage. Leads all software development.
8:05 p.m. PST: No region locking for Switch.
8:04 p.m. PST: “Play online, set play appointments” and more from mobile devices. Online services will start as a trial, move to paid in Fall 2017.
8:03 p.m. PST: Switch will cost $299.99 in the U.S., variable prices in Europe.
8:03 p.m. PST: Nintendo Switch will launch in Japan, U.S., Canada, major European countries, Hong Kong and other territories on March 3rd.
8:00 p.m. PST: President Kimishima has taken the stage.
8:00 p.m. PST: The presentation is now beginning.
7:55 p.m. PST: T-minus five minutes!
7:50 p.m. PST: Ten minutes left until the Switch event!
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