The Nintendo Switch is now just one week away, and this week the press have been getting hands-on with the console.
Interestingly, Eurogamer reports that the press machine includes messages from three important Nintendo figures – Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of Europe president Saturo Shibata and Zelda: Breath of the Wild director Hidemaro Fujibayashi.
“The future is now in your hands,” Reggie’s note starts confidently. “Hardware launches represent special moments in time for us, and I imagine for you as well. They give us the opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been before taking a bold new step ahead.
“With previous hardware releases Nintendo has redefined how people play games. With Nintendo Switch, we’re not only addressing the ‘how,’ but also the ‘when’ and the ‘where.’ You’ve never been able to experience the power of a home console combined with the portability of a handheld before.
“When I tell you how enthusiastic I am about the lineup of games we have for Nintendo Switch between launch day and the end of 2017, there’s no exaggeration. We’ve worked for a long time to get the pacing of our software releases just right, and that’s reflected in the fact that you will be playing a new Legend of Zelda game, a sequel to Splatoon, and a massive new Mario adventure before the year is up – not to mention the face-to-face fun of 1-2 Switch, the surprise that will come from new franchises like Snipperclips – Cut it Out, Together or ARMS, and the great content coming from our third party partners. I could go one, but I’m sure you’re eager to get your Switch out of the box and put through its paces.
“I hope you enjoy the journey that we’re about to embark upon together. Here’s to taking gaming in direction never before possible, all with Nintendo Switch. Thank you for your support.”
Shibata’s message adds: “I personally feel the more I play Nintendo Switch, the more I love it. Nintendo Switch has a subtle charm! I hope you’ll feel the same.” Fujibayashi, meanwhile, asks that reporters don’t reveal all of Zelda’s secrets before gamers get the chance to discover them for themselves.