Nintendo Switch Preview Event
January 27, 2017
Nintendo brought the new Switch console to Toronto this weekend, in its only Canadian stop on the North American Tour. As in all the cities, the first two days of the event were by invitation only, and the third day was open to the public.
Attendees at the event were treated to multiple demos stations for the Nintendo Switch, with first party titles like The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, a Splatoon 2 demo, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Many third party games were also available to play, such as PuYoPuYo Tetris, Ultra Street Fighter II, and Disgaea 5.
Nintendo of Canada graciously gave me interview time with Julie Gagnon, Media Relations Lead, and I asked her about the Switch launch, and about some of the features that were revealed during the presentation on January 12 in Tokyo.
When I asked about the parental controls, and whether we would be able to set time limits on a per-child basis, rather than globally for the whole system, Gagnon revealed that we would be able to set up sub-accounts for each child, and that the time limits would be different for each account.
The decision to utilize a phone app for parental control settings, as well as for online voice chat, was one of convenience for the user, says Gagnon. "It's part of anyone's life now. For example the parental controls are very easy and fun to manage from your phone, so we wanted to integrate it in a very convenient way into people's lives as well. "
For more info on the Switch and its launch, please check out the video above, and go to www.nintendo.com/switch