The Nintendo Switch is one of the most hotly anticipated consoles of 2017. While we don’t fully know all the details yet, Nintendo has leaked one piece of information: you’ll be able to pre-order the console at 9AM on Friday, provided you can make it to the Nintendo NYC store.

You might question why a sane person would want to pre-order a console they know very little about, from a company with limited hardware success in recent years. The answer is simple: the NES Classic Edition. Nintendo’s randomly-released retro console has been in huge demand and out of stock ever since it was released late last year; it’s a fair bet that the Switch will also be selling like crazy on launch day.

It’s unclear if the pre-order is just going to be available at Nintendo World NYC, or if other cities and locations will have a chance to place a pre-order at some point.

The early release of pre-order info does give me one tiny glimpse of hope, though. The NES Classic Edition has only been out of stock because Nintendo didn’t anticipate demand properly. By drip-feeding us info and pre-release sales, you get the impression that Nintendo knows it has another hit on its hands.

Chris Mills has loved tinkering with technology ever since he worked out how to defeat the parental controls on his parents' internet. He's blogged his way through Apple events and SpaceX launches ever since, and still keeps a bizarre fondness for the Palm Pre.