Opinions on the Nintendo Switch go back and forth a bit and due to that many people doubt its capabilities.
We have spoken about some positives of Nintendo Switch and most recently The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Notably, Nintendo is really relying on The Legend of Zelda to carry the launch home and not everyone’s convinced it will be enough.
Adding to those feelings is the recent comments from a number of developers on social media regarding Nintendo Switch. Firstly, Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford responded to a fan on Twitter asking about Borderlands 3 coming to Nintendo Switch. Pitchford’s response disappointed many fans, some who even claim they would not buy the Nintendo Switch anymore. Understandable reactions considering how much fun Borderlands multiplayer is and how well it would be suited to the Nintendo Switch.
@dECU_nutt I do not see that as happening. We were talking to Nintendo, but that stopped for some reason. They have other priorities.
— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 15, 2017
What did the Senior Designer of Titanfall say about Nintendo Switch?
Mohammad Alavi, a Senior Designer on Titanfall and Titanfall 2 also shared his opinions on the Switch. During a Drunk Tech Reviews videocast, when asked if he would drink to the Nintendo Switch, Alavi said
I’m gonna tell you, I was excited about it because Nintendo’s been in such a niche market recently, like catering to the handheld and I’m gonna be honest with you, the kids. They’ve been so underpowered that they don’t have the support of third parties because they’re all making games for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. And the Nintendo Switch is no different.
Drunk Tech Review host Mischa Pollack then asked Alavi if Titanfall would be playable on Nintendo Switch, to which Alavi responded
Fuck no. No, you’re not going to be able to fit Titanfall 2. That’s the same Zelda for the Wii U [laugh].
To be fair, the list of third party companies who support Nintendo Switch is pretty long. So while launch games may not be as diverse as Reggie Fils-Aimé thinks, there’s hopefully lots of room for expansion. There is at least 30 known third party companies that support Nintendo including Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Square Enix, and Bethesda. Watch the video and decide for yourself but I think Alavi might need to base his decisions less on ego.
At a Nintendo investor Q&A, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima said they are doing their best to create the best environment for third parties. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fil-Aimé spoke further about third party support in an interview with Time. After some of the challenges faced with the Wii U, Nintendo Switch might end up being as awesome as promised. The potential is there at the very least considering things like Nintendo Switch’s Unity and Unreal engine support.
As for third party support, we believe that third-party publishers have been able to realize that Nintendo Switch offers a chance to create new and exciting surprises which are not possible with existing gaming devices. Therefore, many third party publishers, some of whom we have introduced in the presentation today, have shown their willingness to actively support this system. It is also very encouraging for us that more third party publishers are now interested in developing software for Nintendo Switch after watching the introductory video.
– Tatsumi Kimishima