The Nintendo Switch, the newest handheld/console hybrid from Nintendo, is quite an intriguing device. The Japanese company revealed the video games console this week, much to the delight of gamers around the world. It is an attractive little device that seems to promise a heck of a lot, including surprise Nintendo Switch third party for titles like Skyrim!
Besides showcasing first-party games like Super Mario, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart, the announcement also showcased quite a few glimpses of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Moreover, the 3-minute commercial also displayed NBA 2K17, Splatoon, and Sonic.
By now you must be asking yourself how true this all might be? After all, it is so unlike Nintendo to open up their devices to third-parties. Regardless of how Nintendo will do it, fans around the world want to know what developers and publishers think about the Nintendo Switch and if they will be allowed to develop for it. As great as Nintendo’s first party titles are, not allowing the biggest and best games to be developed for their former consoles has hurt their business (Ed’s note: the Wii U has sold dismally since launch).
Thankfully, Nintendo seems to have heard our cries because over 40 developers and publishers have signed on-board as Nintendo Switch third party partners.
We're excited to have support for Nintendo Switch from so many great partners! pic.twitter.com/fONefIZrLy
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 20, 2016
According to the Tweet from Nintendo of America, the company will be working alongside publishing giants like Activision Blizzard, Bethesda Softworks, Electronic Arts, From Software, and Square Enix. In total, there are upwards of 40 partners listed in the tweet, and according to the same tweet, it is nothing but a small sampling. It really does look like the future of the Nintendo Switch will be a promising one.
I, for one, think that it is a great move by Nintendo. I cannot be sure of exactly what games these partnerships will crank out, but one thing is certain: it is a journey I am happy to be a part of. The Nintendo Switch is due for release in March 2017. A price has not yet been confirmed.