The Nintendo NX is now the Nintendo Switch. The official press release elaborates on some of the details revealed in the teaser trailer. Nintendo promises that the gameplay experience is identical whether you're playing at home or with the Switch undocked. We also have an official name for the detachable side-controllers: they're called "Joy-Con." While this allows for native 2-player on the go, the Switch isn't limited to using just two Joy-Con so if your friends have a Switch they can bring their Joy-Con controllers for 4-player multiplayer. Of course you also have the option of using a Pro Controller for more traditional play.
Below is a list of third party developers who will be developing games for the system. The list is pretty impressive with heavy hitters like Bethesda, Capcom and Ubisoft, in addition to Telltale, Platinum Games and Grasshopper Manufacture. This is promising but it's important to remember that Wii U had great 3rd party support at launch but that fizzled rather quickly. Check out the images below for a better look at the Nintendo Switch.
Detachable Controllers Reinvent Gaming
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- In an introductory video released today (http://www.nintendo.com/
In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. (Photo: Business Wire)
At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. It brings the full home gaming system experience with you to the park, on an airplane, in a car, or to a friend’s apartment.
Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.
“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”
Developers can design their games supporting a variety of play styles, which gives gamers the freedom to choose an experience that best suits them. Some of the publishers, developers and middleware partners announcing support for Nintendo Switch are as follows:
|• 505 Games||• LEVEL-5 Inc.|
|• Activision Publishing, Inc.||• Marvelous Inc.|
|• ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co., Ltd.||• Maximum Games, LLC|
|• ATLUS CO., LTD.||• Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.|
|• Audiokinetic Inc.||• Parity Bit Inc.|
|• Autodesk, Inc.||• PlatinumGames Inc.|
|• BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.||• RAD Game Tools, Inc.|
|• Bethesda||• RecoChoku Co., Ltd.|
|• CAPCOM CO., LTD.||• SEGA Games Co., Ltd.|
|• Codemasters®||• Silicon Studio Corporation|
|• CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.||• Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.|
|• DeNA Co., Ltd.||• SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.|
|• Electronic Arts||• Starbreeze Studios|
|• Epic Games Inc.||• Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.|
|• Firelight Technologies||• Telltale Games|
|• FromSoftware, Inc.||• THQ Nordic|
|• Frozenbyte||• Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.|
|• GameTrust||• TT Games|
• GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC.
|• Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc.||• Ubitus Inc.|
|• HAMSTER Corporation||• Unity Technologies, Inc.|
|• Havok||• Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment|
|• INTI CREATES CO., LTD.||• Web Technology Corp|
|• KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.|
|• Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.|
Today’s video incorporated short glimpses of representative gameplay to demonstrate the liberating nature of the Nintendo Switch home gaming system. 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.
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