Nintendo confirms that the Nintendo Switch is a solo screen experience, marking a significant difference between it and its predecessor, the Nintendo Wii U.
Nintendo premiered the Nintendo Switch earlier this week, revealing that the company has (as expected) gone with a mobile-focused console. Investors may not have been entirely convinced from the Switch debut trailer, but so far Nintendo fans have reacted very positively to their first look at the future of Nintendo’s hardware.
However, gamers could be forgiven for feeling that the main Nintendo Switch unit itself feels awfully familiar. With its tablet size and an LCD screen of its own, many fans questioned whether the main unit could function as a secondary gameplay screen when attached to a television, much like the Wii U’s gamepad. Although Nintendo has stated that there won’t be more Nintendo Switch news until 2017, the company did respond to an inquiry into the matter, revealing that the Nintendo Switch is solely a single-screen experience:
Nintendo Switch is dedicated to deliver a single-screen experience, on whatever screen you might choose.
This means that whatever player has the main unit won’t have a solo-screen experience when playing with other players, a gimmick which some argue limited what kinds of games developers could make for the Wii U. This time around, Nintendo has already shown a strong focus on third party support, and it was recently revealed that prominent hardware powerhouse Nvidia is powering the Nintendo Switch console.
We also know that the console won’t support Wii U disks and Nintendo 3Ds cartridges, though supporting these games in a non-digital format wasn’t expected in the first place. Those who have spent the last year collecting Amiibo have nothing to worry about, though, as the Nintendo Switch will support Amiibo in compatible Switch titles. What titles these will actually be hasn’t been confirmed, but our first guess is that the upcoming Switch version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would be a great title to bridge the gap between the next generation console and existing Amiibo.
The debut trailer for the Nintendo Switch also showed off what appears to be an open-world Mario title, and there’s reason to believe that new Mario Kart and Splatoon content is heading over to the Switch platform, since both titles featured prominently in the trailer. That being said, so did Skyrim, and it turns out that the console may not actually be getting Skyrim at all.
For the time being, Nintendo has stated all it wants to say about the Nintendo Switch, and fans will have to speculate on the hidden aspects of the console – like, for instance, what it looks like in different colors. In any event, whatever comes to the platform will do so on a single screen.
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