Activision, Bethesda and dozens of other companies will support Nintendo Switch
Nintendo announced today a long list of developers, studios and publishers that would offer support for the company’s new hybrid console, the Nintendo Switch.
Activision, EA, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive, Sega, Epic, Capcom and Bethesda are some of the bigger names on the list. Other studios, like Telltale and Starbreeze are also on the list. For developers that use Unity software to create their titles, the company is also listed as a supporting partner for Switch. A full list of studios and developers supporting Nintendo Switch can be seen below.
The Nintendo Switch will be a hybrid gaming system. It will connect to a television when resting in the Nintendo Switch Dock, and when lifted out of the dock, will “instantly transition to portable mode,” according to Nintendo. The unit offers a “high-definition display,” and features two detachable Joy-Con controllers, one on either side.
Each Joy-Con controller can be slotted into an accessory called the Joy-Con Grip to “[mirror] a more traditional controller.” The console will also support a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to be used instead of the detachable Joy-Con units.
As both a console and a portable device, the Nintendo Switch will use cartridges known as GameCards. The portability is one of the system’s most important features; the trailer showed people using the Switch in handheld mode on a plane, in a car and on a city rooftop. Nintendo said that people can bring multiple Switch units into the same place for “local multiplayer face-to-face competition.”
“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, president and chief operating officer of 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.”
While Nintendo did not provide any technical specifications for the Nintendo Switch today, Nvidia did confirm that the console runs on Nvidia hardware — specifically, a custom system-on-a-chip based on the company’s Tegra line of mobile processors. There’s no word on whether the Switch will be backward-compatible with the Wii U or other Nintendo systems. The trailer included glimpses of games such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a Mario Kart title, a Super Mario game, the Wii U title Splatoon and The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. But Nintendo said it will announce the launch lineup and show game demos “prior to the March launch.”