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Looks like there's some Switchception going on with the Nintendo Switch announcement planned to take place on January 12th. Nintendo has announced that they have a second event planned following the initial announcement, and gamers won't want to miss it.
Over on the official Nintendo of America Twitter account, they announced that following the big January 12th Nintendo Switch event, they have another event planned to showcase more of the games with the Treehouse Live crew from Nintendo's localization department.
The one thing to take note of is that they specifically say that the post-event on January 13th will take place on the following morning, featuring the games that were on display during the Nintendo Switch presentation. Now the one thing that they mention that really stands out is that they say "upcoming games", as in plural, so we know for a fact that the Switch will have a selection of titles available for it at launch.
We expected as much, given that the announcement trailer for the Nintendo Switch was filled with an assortment of various games, including a new Super Mario title that's in 3D, which looks very similar to a remastered version of Super Mario 64. We also saw other games such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition in the trailer, along with a mobile rendition of 2K Games' NBA 2K17, and what appeared to be an alternate version of Mario Kart 8 and, of course, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Now we can safely assume that the Treehouse group will not be demonstrating The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild again since it was thoroughly on display last year at E3 during Nintendo's showing at the big conference. What a lot of people are probably interested in is the new Super Mario title and the updated Mario Kart 8 release.
We also saw a version of the Wii U exclusive, Splatoon, briefly showcased in the announcement trailer for the Nintendo Switch. It wouldn't be surprising if we get a glimpse of that game as well during the presentation on January 13th.
A lot of gamers are probably most interested in the third-party offerings, since Nintendo made it known that they have a full line-up of support from various development studios and middleware agencies for the upcoming console. Epic Games also made it known recently that there are a lot of Unreal Engine 4 games that will make the leap to the Nintendo Switch as well, which was reported by Mobile & Apps, but they didn't clarify if they would be launch titles or released later in the lifespan of the console's market run.
The six games that were on display during the initial announcement of the Switch did not run on the Unreal Engine 4. So whatever games that are coming to the Switch running on the Unreal Engine 4 are games that weren't on display during the initial announcement. We do know that Dragon Quest XI will be coming to the Switch and it does run on the Unreal Engine 4, but a Western release date hasn't been set for that game. So it's unlikely that Dragon Quest XI will be on display during the Treehouse event.
Ultimately, we'll just have to wait until January 12th to see what games they unveil for the system and we'll have to wait until January 13th to see them in action in real-time.