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Nintendo on Switch production, multiple Switch titles in the works, third parties, Mario Vs. Zelda, & much more

by rawmeatcowboy
07 July 2017
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Coming from a Le Monde interview with Nintendo's Shinya Takahashi...

- Nintendo has been able to improve the Switch production line, so more units are coming
- Nintendo worked hard to make sure the Switch was easy to program for
- Nintendo has 11 production units for software, and each one of them is working on multiple projects
- the scope of Zelda: BotW's development team was quite massive, but Zelda games usually are among Nintendo's biggest
- Nintendo will continue to try and create more ambitious titles like this for Switch
- Super Mario Odyssey and Zelda: BotW shouldn't be compared as they're two different types of games
- Breath of the Wild was about open air and freedom, while Super Mario Odyssey is about being locked in a box
- Nintendo won't apply the open-air design of Zelda to every other franchise just because it worked well in Zelda
- Nintendo is open to other partnerships like the one between Ubisoft and Nintendo
- these partnerships must be beneficial to the player, and they depend on the project suggestions Nintendo receives
- the Switch launch titles of Zelda, 1-2 Switch and Snipperclips were chosen to showcase different aspects of the Switch
- the goal is to provide software that is unique to the platform and showcases what it can do
- Nintendo hasn't abandoned more "realistic" games like 1080 Snowboarding and Wave Race
- while Nintendo has a lot of projects in the works, they won't say that those specific franchises are coming back
- if Nintendo has an idea to pursue a realistic, yet fun game, they will certainly do so
- the way Switch software development is handled was done in order to make things easier for third parties to adapt their games
- Nintendo hopes people pick up Skyrim and FIFA in order to see the value in being able to take/play those games anywhere
- Nintendo believes third party opinion of the Switch has changed for the better since it launched