Nintendo Switch Will Have Full Third Party Support

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A corporate press release from Nintendo provides a list of third party publishers which are planning to support the newly announced Nintendo Switch platform.

Nintendo officially unveiled the company’s next major platform today, introducing the Nintendo Switch to the world. Previously known as codename Nintendo NX, the Nintendo Switch features a touch-enabled tablet screen with removable wireless controllers on its sides. It can also be hooked up to a television like a standard console and played with a more typical controller. But as every game player knows, what really matters is a platform’s games.

To show that the Nintendo Switch will indeed have a broad swathe of games available, and to assuage worries that the system will suffer the same lack of 3rd-party support for Wii U, Nintendo’s released a list that includes all of the publishers currently planning on providing support. It might come as a surprise that the list includes virtually every major publisher, and a large quantity of small-to-medium sized publishers as well.

Keep in mind that a publisher indicating support does not always directly lead to a game being released, or to the degree of support that many would like to see. At worst, it at least means that a publisher has acquired development kits for the platform and is evaluating what kind of support they can provide. On the other hand, indicating support like this is the first step towards fully investing in the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch Third Party Support

Here is the full list of over 50 partners that have indicated their support for the Nintendo Switch:

  • 505 Games
  • Activision
  • Arc System Works
  • ATLUS
  • Autodesk
  • Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Bethesda Softworks
  • Capcom
  • Codemasters
  • CRI Middleware
  • DeNA
  • Electronic Arts
  • Epic Games
  • Firelight Technologies
  • FMOD
  • FromSoftware
  • Frozenbyte
  • GameTrust
  • Grasshopper Manufacture
  • Gungho Online Entertainment
  • Hamster Corporation
  • Havok
  • Inti Creates
  • Koei Tecmo
  • Konami
  • Level-5
  • Marvelous
  • Maximum Games
  • Nippon Ichi Software
  • ParityBit
  • PlatinumGames
  • RAD Game Tools
  • RecoChoku
  • SEGA
  • Silicon Studio
  • Spike Chunsoft
  • Square Enix
  • Starbreeze Studios
  • Take-Two Interactive
  • Telltale Games
  • THQ Nordic
  • Tokyo RPG Factory
  • TT Games
  • Ubisoft
  • Ubitus
  • Unity
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Web Technology Corp
  • Wwise

The big publishers a prospective Nintendo Switch buyer would want to see on that list are all there. Western publishers Activision, Electronic Arts, and Ubisoft are accounted for, as well as Japanese publishers Bandai Namco and Square Enix. In fact, there are very few big publishers missing at all. The most notable are perhaps Deep Silver and Aksys, though Deep Silver passed on supporting the Wii U at launch as well.

Ultimately what matters is what games each publisher will be bringing to the Nintendo Switch, and just a scant few have been announced so far. Just Dance 2017, NBA 2K17, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, and a couple of Dragon Quest titles don’t signify broad third-party support, but it’s absolutely evidence of an impressive trend. Publishers are willing to talk about supporting the Switch before the Switch had even been announced. There’s a lot worth looking forward to for Nintendo fans.

The Nintendo Switch is planned to launch in March 2017.

tags: Nintendo, Switch