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You’ll be able to play the Nintendo Switch before it launches in March

You’ll be able to play the Nintendo Switch before it launches in March


A six-city tour kicks off on January 13th

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Nintendo is taking its next console on tour. Today the company announced that starting January 13th — the day after it reveals more details about its next piece of hardware — Nintendo will be making the Switch playable to the public at large, with a multi-city tour that kicks off in New York. The Switch will be in each city for three days, and while the first two days will be invite-only, Nintendo says that the final day will be open to anyone — though you’ll probably want to get there nice and early.

“Early arrival is highly recommended.”

“The Sunday stop of each tour is open free to the public, so anyone that wants to be among the first people in the world to experience Nintendo Switch will have her or his chance,” the company says. “Space is very limited, however, and fans will be let in on a first-come, first-served basis. Early arrival is highly recommended.” No specific games were announced — though The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a good bet — but Nintendo says that “select launch games” will be playable at the event.

We’ll know more about the Switch next month, as Nintendo will be holding an event in Tokyo on January 12th to reveal the console’s price, release date, and launch lineup. If you want to get in on the action early, check out the full schedule for the tour below. And be sure to download Super Mario Run on your iPhone beforehand so you have something to play while waiting in line.

  • New York – January 13th–15th
  • Toronto – January 27th–29th
  • Washington, DC – February 10th–12th
  • Chicago – February 17th–19th
  • San Francisco – February 24th–26th
  • Los Angeles – March 3rd–5th

First look at the Nintendo Switch