Since the announcement of the Nintendo Switch on Thursday people have been clamoring for the latest news from Nintendo about every little detail that can be pried from their tightly-closed lips. Though a lot of questions have been answered many of them will likely have to wait longer than any of us want to get an official answer. Perhaps even until next year. That being said a few new details have managed to be discovered by mining the depths of the flurry of Nintendo press releases that have been coming out.
The docking station is NOT the main unit for the console.
In an interview with IGN one Nintendo representative clarified this point that some had been questioning.
“The dock is not the main console unit of Nintendo Switch,” The representative said. “The main unit of the Nintendo Switch is the unit that has the LCD screen, which the two Joy-Con controllers can be attached to and detached from. The main function of the Nintendo Switch Dock is to provide an output to the TV, as well as charging and providing power to the system.”
No backwards compatability
According to the translation of an article in Famitsu the Switch is not meant to be a successor to either the Wii U or the 3DS and will not be compatible with either systems games. Obvious perhaps in the case of the Wii U which uses discs instead of cartridges, but interesting in the case of the cartridge-based 3DS. Perhaps demonstrating that Nintendo is not quite ready to abandon the handheld system just yet. However this does not rule out those games being available for online download so there may still be hope for those wishing to play older games on the new console system.
Skyrim and NBA 2K are not confirmed
Despite the fact that both games featured heavily in the trailer released by Nintendo, both Bethesda and 2k games have refused to confirm or deny that their games will actually be on the console. Though both companies have come out in support of the Switch. This comes as odd to some as many other companies have already announced games that will be coming out for the new system. Such as…..
Dragon Quest X and XI ARE confirmed
Square Enix has announced that their MMO Dragon Quest X will be coming out on Nintendo’s new console. Taking the field alongside the 3DS and PS4 later this year. As well as the next installment in the series Dragon Quest XI which will also be on the PS4.
Switch will support both the Unreal Engine 4 and the Unity Engine
Not a great shock since the Unreal Engine 4 was used to make Dragon Quest XI and Epic Games was listed in Nintendos list of supporting developers. However, it was officially confirmed via Twitter on Thursday.
Certainly there are still more questions that need to be answered, such as battery life, what will be bundled with the console, price, specific launch date, and a whole host of others. Nintendo seems to be playing it close to the vest on this one, so we’ll just have to wait and see what else leaks through the cracks.