All the basics everyone wants to know about the Nintendo Switch, including its price and launch date, will be revealed tonight, January 12, in a special Nintendo presentation from Tokyo. You can watch the live stream right here at 11:00 p.m. ET. We're expecting the company to show off several new games for the system, presumably a bunch due to launch with the system in March. That'll be followed on January 13 at 9:30 a.m. ET by a Nintendo Treehouse presentation (via Nintendo's YouTube or Twitch channels), which promises "an in-depth look at upcoming games featured in the Nintendo Switch Presentation."
It was found out this Tuesday that Nintendo has ended production of the Wii U console in Japan. Unfortunately, the company then followed up by stating that Wii U production has ended worldwide. Back in November, Nintendo warned fans that production of the Wii U would "end soon." This was seen by many as the inevitable end of the console as the company was preparing to officially debut the Nintendo Switch in 2017. At the time, no one really knew when Nintendo was planning to end Wii U production leaving many to simply speculate.
Nintendo is disabling the ability to log into a Nintendo Account through a Nintendo Network ID (NNID), after 160,000 accounts have been affected by hacking attempts. Nintendo says login IDs and passwords "obtained illegally by some means other than our service," have been used since the beginning of April to gain access to the accounts. Nicknames, date of birth, country, and email addresses may have been accessed during the breach, and some accounts have experience fraudulent purchases. Nintendo is now recommending that all users enable two-factor authentication. That's something you should be using for all of your online accounts.
Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma needs no introduction if you've been following Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda games since Ocarina of Time fried imaginations in 1998. The series director-turned-producer apparently volunteered to sit (before a camera, on what looks like a very comfy couch) to pry open The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Limited Edition. The basic $59 game arrives on March 3, the crown jewel in the company's $299 Nintendo Switch launch lineup. You're looking at the European Limited Edition here, which runs £89.99 ($112 USD), though it's virtually analogous to the $129 Master Edition that's been sold out stateside for some time. Both versions include the game, a music CD, some other odds and ends, and a showpiece statue modeled after the games' eponymous "master sword."