Rumor: Switch Launch Date, Lineup, and Price Point(s), Plus Free Wii U Library Upgrades


This morning I was busy editing the latest episode of the Nintendo Prime podcast (sorry for the delay, I’ll explain more about that when the podcast goes live) and something we spend a nice chunk of time talking about never found it’s way here. Why? Well, there are some behind the scenes things I don’t care to discuss at the moment, but needless to say this massive bunch of rumors we are about to drop on you has us stoked beyond belief.

Now, I want to be clear about this – a vast majority of these rumors come from mobipicker. We cannot in any verifiable way know for certain if they are a reliable source for information on the Nintendo Switch. They also do a weird thing where they try to appear verifiable by including new rumors from Laura Kate Dale, who is one source of information we do trust on the Switch. As such, while I lay out these rumors I will note specifically which ones come from Mobipicker specifically and which ones come from sources we knowingly trust.

For starters, Laura Kate Dale dropped this huge nugget on a target release date for the Switch:



That’s a really nice date (and week, apparently). Obviously we’ll get confirmation on these specifics on January 12th. She notes this information comes from the same person that gave her the reveal trailer date before for the Switch, which ended up being spot on.

Mobipicker is laying claim to the following launch titles:

  • Breath of the Wild
  • Mario Kart 8 (Director’s Cut)
  • Splatoon (Director’s Cut)
  • Smash Bros. (Director’s Cut)
  • Mario Switch (hinted at, rather that stated outwardly. More on this below)

*All Director’s Cut games would include all DLC plus new content.

One aspect that is more exciting about the Director’s Cut games is what Nintendo might be doing for current Wii U owners. Here is an exact quote from Mobipicker:

“If you own them digitally on Wii U you can download them for FREE. Nintendo is trying to co-operate with retailers for a trade-in system to ‘upgrade’ your Wii U physical copies for free or very discounted price.”

Are you excited about Mario Switch? I know I am. Mobipicker again dropped the details on that:

“Super Mario Switch (title not confirmed) is supposed to feel like a combination of all previous 3D Mario titles. Control scheme supposedly somewhere between 64 and Sunshine. Some levels will connect into each other ala Banjo Tooie. For example, the ice hub may have a 2D level that connects you to the desert level. There is a new collectible that will unlock hats/ powerups/ allow access to new levels (a la metal boots in 64 to sink and access new areas). 2 Player co-op with Luigi will be possible with Joy-Cons.”

Sounds almost too good to be true (and it very well may be. Remember, we cannot verify the validity of this site). They also note a Rhythm Heaven game is in the works featuring Nintendo characters. Finally mobipicker gives us a price point for the Switch:

  • $260 (Basic Edition)
  • $300 (Mario Bundle)
  • $340 (Zelda Bundle w/Pro Controller)

As I said a few times already, I want to stress that we do not in any way vouch for the credibility of these rumors. They exist, people have been talking about them (including ourselves), so we figured it was time to just share them and let you in on more of the craziness that exists in rumor-land.

Source: Mobipicker

Nathanial Rumphol-Janc

A veteran in the video game media sphere, Nathanial co-founded Gamnesia, founded, ran the news the segment on the Zelda Universe Podcast, found and ran Zelda Domain from 1998 to 2006, and built Zelda Informer as the Editor-in-Chief from 2008 to 2017. He now owns and operates Nintendo Prime. You can follow him on twitter @NateJanc, otherwise just stay tuned at Nintendo Prime for more of his work.

  • GlaceEx

    What about the confirmed Pokemon game coming to Switch! I hope that’s in the first year of the Switch. Pun intended.

    • Bryan Goodwin

      Did I miss the pun?

      • Dr. Awesome-opolis

        I think the pun is “I hope that’s in the first year of the Switch”, with the switch referring to both the console and Nintendo’s plan to switch to a unified home/portable console…

        • GlaceEx


    • Kusanagii

      Lol, there is no pun?

      • GlaceEx

        But there is.

  • Sounds like bull. Retailers would never want to discount new games.