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Nintendo: 3rd party Switch reveals soon, several online services, mobile connection 'integral', 3DS in 2018 & more

A portion of a Telegraph interview with Nintendo's Shinya Takahashi and Yoshiaki Koizumi....

T: You touched on the idea briefly during the Tokyo presentation in January, but it feels like a combination of past Nintendo consoles. Was that always the plan?

Takahashi: I wouldn’t say it was an initial objective of ours to include elements of all our past hardware with Switch. Instead we started with that initial goal that I’ve talked about, wanting to have any many people as possible ready to play regardless of their situation. As we started to think about what types of gaming environments people play in and what type of input and functionality the system need in order to be able to allow them to play in those situations. The natural result was pulling in a lot of element of past Nintendo hardware and putting them together in one system.

T: On that lineup, Zelda looks terrific, but there isn’t many games for day one. Does that not concern you?

Takahashi: Certainly we look at it not just from the perspective of what are the games available on launch day but what we have from a lineup perspective not just from this year but into next year aswell. And speaking just about this year we have our launch games, Zelda and 1-2-Switch, and we’ve lined up so we’ve got great games launching in each season of this year. We’ll have Mario Kart shortly after launch, Arms in the Spring, the lineup continues after the holiday. This time we feel we’ve launched a system that has great games at launch in Zelda and 1-2-Switch but also a very strong lineup through the end of the year aswell.

Koizumi: As you know we’ve been focussed on development on first party games, but with Nintendo Switch we’ve also put a lot of energy into making third-party cooperation possible, and that includes a lot of attention paid to the development environment that we are provided to these partners as well as the middleware we create for them. Soon you will a lot more announcements from third-party partners.

T: You’ve mentioned the 3DS there. Will you continue to support the dedicated handheld given Switch could potentially replace it?

Takahashi: Certainly I think 3DS from a price perspective is quite a bit lower, and it’s a system we’ve released a very large library for. So I think from that perspective it’s a very good system for kids to have as their first system. We still see a lot of potential for 3DS in that area. And with that in mind we’re thinking of games to release for 3DS not just in 2017, but in 2018 as well. And the hope there also is that kids playing on 3DS will also shift over to Switch at some point in the future.

T: Something else you are introducing for the Switch is a new paid online service, but we haven’t heard much about that yet. What are your plans for this?

Koizumi: So the online service is very important to Nintendo’s strategy, the most important thing for us is making the experience that much more fun for players. And so that’s what really drives us to drive us into what kind of features to include. With that in mind we have several services planned that I’m sorry I can’t talk about right now, but one thing I am able to mention to you is you will be able to use your smart device to chat with people you are playing with online.

And because this is a device almost everyone has we think that there is a very broad reach for this service, I think it’s a unique approach that people haven’t quite seen out in the world just yet. But because it is unique it is a bit difficult to explain all at once out of the gate, so we wanted to take a little bit of time and wait until we roll out some of the other information surrounding it.

T: ​Will the smartphone to be integral to the service beyond the voice chat?

Koizumi: Yes, we like to think as Switch as working very well together with smartphones so we’re basing quite a few plans surrounding that.

Thanks to Nintendo2kop for the heads up!

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"And because this is a device almost everyone has we think that there is a very broad reach for this service"

Everyone who has a Switch will already have the device so why do you need a separate device for basic things, regardless of how widely owned said device is?

Granted we don't know all the details but from the Splatoon press release it sounds like the app is required for voice chat, otherwise why wouldn't they say it's optional and lay the speculation to rest?

It just sounds like Nintendo being different for different's sake, yet again. I applaud Nintendo for always trying to separate themselves and doing their own thing but come on, sometimes things just work fine and don't need tinkering with and it's perfectly fine to just do what works if there's really no added benefit to doing it differently. Make your games and hardware as unique as you like but for the love of God, stop trying to fix things that aren't broken.

I hope I can look back on this post and think I was being ridiculous for assuming stuff but it really looks like this app is just going to be a hindrance. Prove me wrong Nintendo!

Koizumi: Yes, we like to think as Switch as working very well together with smartphones so we’re basing quite a few plans surrounding that.

Is there a possibility, from a technical standpoint, to use your phone as a hotspot for online multiplayer, but without "wasting" your high-speed data? I mean, for example, in form of an exclusive deal between Nintendo and your provider?

I was wondering that too. As someone that doesn't use one of the big four "Att, Verizon, Sprint or TMobile", I doubt it would work out for me.

Lol at there being any games coming out for the 3DS in 2018.

I don't get it. Are you saying Nintendo are going to just abandon 65million+ install base just after a year of launching the Switch? Lol!

*looks at the Wii and DS* Yes.

Everything points to the Switch being their sole platform for the foreseeable future [with a Mini coming out a year or two after, then V.2 a few years after that - rinse and repeat].

"And because this is a device almost everyone has we think that there is a very broad reach for this service"

Everyone who has a Switch will already have the device so why do you need a separate device for basic things, regardless of how widely owned said device is?

Granted we don't know all the details but from the Splatoon press release it sounds like the app is required for voice chat, otherwise why wouldn't they say it's optional and lay the speculation to rest?

It just sounds like Nintendo being different for different's sake, yet again. I applaud Nintendo for always trying to separate themselves and doing their own thing but come on, sometimes things just work fine and don't need tinkering with and it's perfectly fine to just do what works if there's really no added benefit to doing it differently. Make your games and hardware as unique as you like but for the love of God, stop trying to fix things that aren't broken.

I hope I can look back on this post and think I was being ridiculous for assuming stuff but it really looks like this app is just going to be a hindrance. Prove me wrong Nintendo!

arod79
Tue Feb 14 17 11:35am
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And I currently have no choice in the matter because I'm not part of this "broad reach" since I have no smart phone. This is coming from no light Nintendo fan seeing as I've had every Nintendo system only and even bought 4 Wii U's (1 for my 2 brothers, sister, and myself) Whenever I think about it and identify with ego too much, man it pisses me off; enough to keep thinking of possibly canceling my preorder because it's just so damn stupid and made difficult for no good reason.

Hm. Maybe they really do wanna keep 3DS (and a potential successor) around as an entry level device. Honestly not a bad idea if they keep the hardware formats different and the 3DS [successor] substantially cheaper.

3 weeks left and still no information on the Switch's online....Probably gonna be revealed the night before the system launches..

ridleysaria
Sun Feb 12 17 04:10pm
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They need to make some of these online service and third party announcements soon because I still haven't seen a damn thing to convince me that Switch isn't Wii U part 2. Online and third parties were Wii U's two biggest shortcomings so it's really concerning when these are the two things they're so quiet about. They're trying to assure us that announcements are coming but in the meantime I've passed on preordering a system.

ddark
Sun Feb 12 17 07:12pm
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I completely understand your hesitations and a lot of the points you made. I'm just not sure how concerned Nintendo is that you haven't preordered the system yet considering preorders had zero problem selling out in NA and Japan in no time at all.

They'll sell their original allotment of 2 million consoles easily. They can work on converting others who have held off, like you, later on.

Preorders are good and I'm sure Switch will have a strong launch but as I recall Wii U had a strong launch and a huge post-launch drop off. Nintendo should absolutely be concerned with people who aren't buying at launch because they will be the people who need to buy later.

That was my point. You said that a lack of information to convince you this wouldn't be a "Wii U part 2" led you to not preorder.The thing is, they didn't need you to preorder because demand was high enough to cover the units that will be there at launch.

Like you said, however, they eventually will need more customers to keep selling the system to, but my entire point was that because their preorders filled up, they still have time to convert those still on the fence (like yourself.)

Releasing more info now would be great for everyone, I agree, but it won't help sell more units now because they are already all spoken for.

That's all I meant. It wasn't meant as a personal slight against you or anything like that.

No no, I never perceived anything you said as a slight. Smile

The whole point of me bringing up my not preordering is just to show how unenthusiastic I am about Switch. It's not just the lack of information, it's that the lack of information has lead me to believe there's no good information to be had. This is the first time in over twenty years I haven't wanted to pick up a Nintendo system at launch. Until Nintendo convinces me that they have their act together when it comes to online and the game situation I'm unlikely to buy a Switch at all. Their problem isn't just with late adopters, rather with people who never saw Wii U as a platform worth getting. I got one at launch and have regretted it ever since. Like you said, they need to convert me.... and they need to convert a lot more people. Those preorders are good but 2 million owners are a drop in the bucket.

Sun Feb 12 17 04:21pm
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Koizumi: As you know we’ve been focussed on development on first party games, but with Nintendo Switch we’ve also put a lot of energy into making third-party cooperation possible, and that includes a lot of attention paid to the development environment that we are provided to these partners as well as the middleware we create for them. Soon you will a lot more announcements from third-party partners.

I had a feeling that E3 was when we would see a good portion of the Switch's in-development 3rd party titles. From this quote, I might be right. Nintendo probably wants devs to take their time developing stuff, rather than feel like they had to rush out an alpha build for their January presentation. Hopefully western third-party developers will be making plenty of games for the Switch. Tbh, I wouldn't even mind that much if some of them were older ports. I personally would love to play games like Bioshock, DOOM, Mass Effect, etc on-the-go. Although I do hope there are new games included as well in their lineups.

dlurkster
Sun Feb 12 17 04:54pm
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But because it is unique it is a bit difficult to explain all at once out of the gate, so we wanted to take a little bit of time and wait until we roll out some of the other information surrounding it.

It's funny this wasn't brought up here in the comments or by the top commenter. He missed it by one sentence. See this is like metaphor for waiting or read the whole paragraph for the bigger picture we aren't seeing with Nintendo paid online plans.

I'm with those that Nintendo need to explain how voice chat works exactly with smartphone or Nintendo Switch. But that quote shows that we've to wait there's something missing that hopefully makes sense with this approach. I guess this giving them the benefit of the doubt but whenever we heard what their online plans in detail, I say we can't quite jump the gun at what little we know now. We can speculate but we can't determine what possible outcome with such vague words on online.Just like with their VC and 3rd party news, it is important they share when it makes sense, I hope it is soon before launch preferable .

Plus, if those didn't know the Switch itself support headset mic and bluetooth 4.0 and we've seen some licensed merch for that jack so there's more to meets the ey with voice chat Nintendo isn't telling us for some reason or another.

On the other hand, it's been a month since their presentation and less than a month left until the system launches.

Revealing at their own pace is fine, but time is running out. A console is a major purchasing decision for quite a few people, and the more details they have the better.

Like I said I don't deny that information needs to come out sooner rather than later for those taking the plunge on this but to be frank if those are your factors picking up a new console,, that is temporary as console those things develop in time, your main concern should be the games. (I forgot to mention timeframe of importance of 3rd party games and online features before) But to each their own what is important to them for a console.

I for one am not getting a Switch at launch for two reasons; one don't have the funds and two all console launch for the last two gens have been buggy as shit. (that I don't want get burned by supposed promises of games but it looks like this time they may have learned from that it seems) So I'd like to avoid that as possible. I think the way they have games line up throughout the year is fine for now and the price is not bad but those accessories prices tho, and no news on the online is worrying but the latter factor with online can be remedy in time when I at least get the Switch and for those hopeful before or shortly after launch, preferable before for those who are concerned about that.

All in all that is the good and the bad with the Switch right now and it comes down the preference and perception currently in how the system will do but i think it will be alright and will be better than Wii U. The hype is more present here than the Wii U at launch.

These interviews are all useless. This is all PR talk...

Considering this thing is launching extremely soon, please feel free to talk about those plans any time now guys!

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