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Nintendo Switch price, date, full game demos still to come

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Consider today Nintendo’s amuse-bouche, a morsel of gaming news meant to whet your appetite for the Nintendo of old, a Nintendo of Zelda and Link, Mario and Luigi, Yoshi and um, his eggs?

The real meat and potatoes of Nintendo’s new console, though, won’t be coming until sometime before the Nintendo Switch’s March launch, according to the company.

“Today’s video incorporated short glimpses of representative gameplay to demonstrate the liberating nature of the Nintendo Switch home gaming system,” according to a press release. “Full game demonstrations, the list of launch window titles, as well as launch date, price, product configuration and related specifics, will be shown and announced prior to the March launch.”

The very first trailer for Nintendo’s next big thing went live today at 10 a.m. ET, showing three minutes of concentrated fan fuel.

The video lands in a window created by Nintendo in April when the company announced it would be launching its next console in March 2017 worldwide. Then silence. Silence, even at E3, if you ignore the Zelda-dedicated booth that took up all of Nintendo’s floor space.

In that vacuum, fans have guessed all manner of features: The system would use cartridges, be region-free, include both a console and portable gaming system. Some of that looks like it was right.

The buzz surrounding this console feels similar to what built up to the reveal of the Wii, initially code named the Revolution. That reveal video only ran a bit more than 30 seconds and gave little insight into the device beyond its name and the look of a controller.