|2/28/2017, Nintendo Switch Indies Preview|
|2/25/2017, Report: Nintendo Switch Consoles Stolen From US Distributor, Featured In Leaked Videos|
NeoGAF user hiphoptherobot wrote in a post that he was "lucky" when he thought his retailer shipped him his pre-ordered Switch early. According to Nintendo, however, this unit was one of the several consoles that were stolen in an "isolated incident." The U.S. distributor remains unnamed. You can view Nintendo's full statement to IGN below:
Earlier this week, individuals claimed to prematurely purchase a small number of Nintendo Switch systems from an unspecified retailer. Nintendo has determined these units were stolen in an isolated incident by employees of a U.S. distributor, with one system being illegally resold. The individuals involved have been identified, terminated from their place of employment and are under investigation by local law enforcement authorities on criminal charges. Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017, and we look forward to everyone being able to discover the wonders of the new system for themselves at that time.
Although these videos are leaked, they show off some interesting tidbits of information for the upcoming console. The video from hiphoptherobot shows several features, including the account creation process in order to create a new user on the system, customization options, and storage. For example, the Switch's internal storage is apparently limited to 25.9 GB.
According to Kotaku, user hiphoptherobot sent back his system to Nintendo after learning that it was stolen from whomever he bought it from.
You can view the video for yourself below, though it may not be available for long.
As it says in the above statement from Nintendo, the individuals who committed theft have been "identified, terminated from their place of employment and are under investigation by local law enforcement authorities on criminal charges."
|10/21/2016,Nintendo Switch Revealed|
Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.
“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”
Developers can design their games supporting a variety of play styles, which gives gamers the freedom to choose an experience that best suits them. Some of the publishers, developers and middleware partners announcing support for Nintendo Switch are as follows
• 505 Games
• Activision Publishing, Inc.
• ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co., Ltd.
• ATLUS CO., LTD.
• Audiokinetic Inc.
• Autodesk, Inc.
• BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
• CAPCOM CO., LTD.
• Codemasters® • CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.
• DeNA Co., Ltd.
• Electronic Arts
• Epic Games Inc.
• Firelight Technologies
• FromSoftware, Inc.
• GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC．
• Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc.
• HAMSTER Corporation
• INTI CREATES CO., LTD.
• KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.
• Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
• LEVEL-5 Inc.
• Marvelous Inc.
• Maximum Games, LLC
• Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
• Parity Bit Inc.
• PlatinumGames Inc.
• RAD Game Tools, Inc.
• RecoChoku Co., Ltd.
• SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
• Silicon Studio Corporation
• Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
• SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
• Starbreeze Studios
• Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
• Telltale Games
• THQ Nordic
• Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.
• TT Games
• Ubitus Inc.
• Unity Technologies, Inc.
• Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
• Web Technology Corp
Today’s video incorporated short glimpses of representative gameplay to demonstrate the liberating nature of the Nintendo Switch home gaming system. Full game demonstrations, the list of launch window titles, as well as launch date, price, product configuration and related specifics, will be shown and announced prior to the March launch.
|8/23/2016, Dragon Quest XI Officially Confirmed For NX|
The news comes from a Nintendo Dream interview between Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai, Pokémon producer Junichi Masuda, and Yoji Hori, during the following exchange.
Masahiro Sakurai: Well then, I would like to ask about each of your new games. First, Dragon Quest XI. The 11th installment in the series will be released simultaneously on Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4, and including NX it’s coming out on three platforms, right?
Yuji Horii: That’s right. The use of hardware is different for each system, so it’s quite a challenge.
Implicitly, each version of Dragon Quest XI will be tailored to the hardware it appears on. Yujii Hori went on to explain that the differences between each system make it challenging, although every version of DQXI will have the same story.
Horii: However, we’re making the 3DS version in both 3D and 2D. I asked my staff, “Is that something we can do?” And they said, “We’ll do it.” So we decided, “then let’s do it.”
Junichi Masuda: I get the feeling that means there will be four versions across three platforms then, yeah?
Horii: That’s right. There are a lot of difficulties because of that. Each one has a different look to it, and there’s also a PlayStation 4 version, so if we make a small fix then we have to fix it across every version.
He continues regarding keeping the release dates on track for each platform:
Horii: Spoilers will emerge if we release one version earlier. (Laughs.) However, we’re a little concerned about the sense of distance in movement. It’s different for each of the supported hardware.
Sakurai: Oh, is that so?
Horii: The movement in the 2D of the 3DS version, and the movement in the 3D of the 3DS version and the PlayStation 4 version definitely feels different when it’s in action. However, there are concerns when making several versions at the same time, and to that extent it’s difficult, so we’re making the game to the best of our ability.
Mr. Sakurai likened the development of Dragon Quest XI to his own Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS, which launched very close to each other on a staggered worldwide basis.
Dragon Quest XI is expected to launch before May 27th 2017. The NX will launch prior to this deadline in March 2017, so a simultaneous release should not be unexpected. Square Enix originally let slip of a Dragon Quest XI NX port last summer, before correcting themselves as “considering” such a development to embark upon.
|6/05/2016, NX included in Unity Collaborate beta signup|
|5/27/2016, Nintendo Announces NX Release Date and Legend of Zelda Delay|
|4/11/2016, Initial NX controller leak revealed as a fake by its creator|
|3/23/2016, Rebellion CEO praises Nintendo, has no idea what NX is|
Regarding the company in general, Kingsley had only good things to say about the Big N. He told the site:
“Nintendo are brilliant. They’re a fabulous company and I love them. I always feel they’re quite eccentric. They come up with some incredible hardware. Even the Virtual Boy back in the day was really intriguing, and then the clamshell design of their handhelds. To be honest, I just don’t know [whether Rebellion will support NX]. The only way I can answer the question is, when we know what the machine is we’ll see and we’ll have a look. I’ve always loved Nintendo, I love their games and love their hardware.”
As for NX, Kingsley has no idea about what the system actually is at this point. He therefore can’t commit to or rule out support until more information has surfaced, though the door is being left open.
|3/09/2016, Rumor: Zelda Wii U also coming to NX this year, 2016 3DS lineup|
Let’s go over the actual information first. Here’s a look at everything that was posted:
– Zelda Wii U will also be available for NX
3DS release list 2016 *Funded by Nintendo only*:
|3/09/2016, Ori and the Blind Forest has had trouble getting NX dev kit from Nintendo|
Moon Studios’ Thomas Mahler sounded off on the situation in a NeoGAF post. His disappointment isn’t entirely directed at Nintendo though, as he says “every hardware manufacturer is treating their devkits and their unreleased consoles like they’re the second coming”.
Mahler’s words in full:
“This is actually THE singlest most annoying thing for every dev out there. We also talked to Nintendo and got absolutely nothing – I’ll never understand that. And just to be clear, it’s not just Nintendo, every hardware manufacturer is treating their devkits and their unreleased consoles like they’re the second coming and are insanely secretive about it to a stupid degree in todays time. It’s not even that the hardware isn’t finished (duh), but you could at least give me the goddamn specs, so we’d know what to build s*** for!
What’s needed to sell hardware is goddamn good software. With Nintendo not having any devkits out there at this point and probably even wanting to sell it in 2016, I can already guarantee that they’ll just not have any software support, since nobody can just jumble games together in less than a year. I mean, you can, but it’ll be garbage.
The same is true for Engine Support – Get Unity and Epic to support these consoles WAAAAY ahead of release. By the time the console launches, it should be EASY for developers to develop games for these systems, things shouldn’t just only start at this point. I want the goddamn devkits or at least proper hardware specs ideally 2 years before release – Keep all the developers updated, start a forum where devs can chat and all figure out the problem everyone’s having, instead of everyone just having to deal with it. None of that’s happening anywhere and it’s just braindamaged.”
|3/09/2016, The Witness unlikely for Wii U, but dev “will see about the next Nintendo console”|
On Twitter, Blow told one fan that his new game is “unlikely” for Wii U. That being said, he added that he’ll “see about the next Nintendo console” – NX, in other words.
Here’s the full tweet:
|3/09/2016, Byte 4 Games supposedly making Mech Super eXtended for NX|
At least so far, we haven’t been able to track down any information about Mech Super eXtended, so we’re marking this post as a rumor just to be safe. Byte 4 Games has also been creating the multiplatform arcade shooter Demon’s Crystal, which is slated for Wii U.
|3/09/2016, Rumor: EA has had NX dev kits for awhile, other tidbits|
– Information comes from “several” EA staffers
As relayed on Twitter by Liam Robertson, someone well-known for discovering information about cancelled games and other industry news, EA is in rumored to be in possession of NX development kits. Furthermore, they’ve apparently had them for awhile.
Robertson has also said that Nintendo and EA will meet in March “to hash things out and discuss potential plans.” It sounds like EA wants to pursue cross promotions such as sports console bundles. Robertson added that “EA wants Nintendo to help them cultivate an audience for sports fans if they’re going to go on board with NX.”
Here’s a roundup of everything posted by Robertson:
|3/09/2016, Unravel director open to NX port|
When asked if he’d be interested in bringing the game to NX, Sahlin said:
“I wish I knew more about it, but they’re really secretive about it. I actually had a really fun discussion with a person from Nintendo a while back. It was basically ‘I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours’ (laughs). So he wanted me to pitch something for the NX, and then he could tell me more about what it was. But basically, it’s kind of hard to pitch something when you don’t even know what it is! So if you manage to guess it right, we’ll tell you what it is. So, I don’t know. But I am just as curious as everybody else to see what they’ve been making.”
EA was actually the publisher behind Unravel. I imagine that if anything were to happen, they’d need to be involved as well.
|3/09/2016, RCMADIAX planning “Project Fist” for 2018 release|
|3/09/2016, Rumor: Nintendo funding Beyond Good & Evil 2, planned as an NX exclusive|
Destructoid’s initial source originates from Alexander Maier, who recently posted a series of rumors about NX which I personally found rather dubious. However, the outlet “also reached out to a second source, who independently gave a number of the same bullet points regarding the future of Beyond Good and Evil. The number of points of crossover between these two sources suggests that this rumor, while not confirmed by Nintendo, may hold water.”
The new game may be currently carrying the working title “Beyond Good and Evil: The Prejudices of Philosophers”. This is said to be “a reference to a specific chapter in the philosophical text Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche, which details how morality can be altered by authority, and the ways black-and-white morality overlooks the larger complexity of the nature of morals.”
As with all rumors, we can’t stress enough that this report should be taken with a grain of salt. If it were to be accurate though, it’d be a very interesting move on Nintendo’s part.
|3/09/2016, Rumor: NX to make Foxconn’s operations hot in second half of the year|
Some outlets have been reporting on Foxconn Technology’s Q1 earnings, such as Yahoo and MoneyDJ. It was already known that Foxconn is involved with NX, but a key takeaway from recent articles is that the system will be making the company’s operations “hot” in the second half of 2016. In other words, it sounds like Foxconn’s involvement with NX will really be picking up after June. There is a language barrier since the original articles are in Chinese, unfortunately. Because of that, we’re marking this post as a rumor – even with what we’ve heard before pointing to a possible NX release this year.
|2/19/2016, Kyodai wants to bring Project Elea to NX|
|2/11/2016Analysts Fuel Speculation That Portable NX Will Launch In 2016|
More NX news continues to spread as evidence piles on for a 2016 release of the NX. According to Dr. CY Lu of manufacturer Macronix, the company is working with Nintendo on memory products for the NX. Mr. Lu has not specified if these products are ROM or not, but he expects that sales of the NX and of ROM products will be “exceptional” for 2016. The company also held a conference in which Nintendo affirmed the NX would launch this year.
Meanwhile, Director of Analysis and Research Mr. Hiroshi Hayase of IHS Technology expects a “recovery in shipments of flat-panel displays” in expectation of Nintendo launching a portable version of the NX in 2016. The panels in question would be 3.1 to 5 inches in size and ship in the ballpark of 16.5 million for the year. However, it would seem Nintendo is sticking to LDC panels, as IHS doesn’t see great use of OLED panels by the market.
NX rumors are continuing to persist. Next week marks Nintendo’s financial results for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2016. With the investors briefing not too far behind, there is the possibility of NX information coming straight from Nintendo itself.
|Rumor: Bandai Namco working on several NX games, Smash Bros. a launch title|
Rumors about the NX continue to persist. This time, analyst and consultant Dr. Serkan Toto has made bold claims regarding Bandai Namco. The publisher is supposedly working on a number of titles for the system, including Smash Bros. – which will apparently be a launch game. Given that Smash Bros. just came out on two systems a little over a year ago, a port would be more probable than an entirely new entry.
Toto isn’t sure about any dates. In terms of where the information comes from, he’s connected to a number of industry sources, though it remains to be seen if this speculation will pan out in the end.
Toto wrote on Twitter:
|Macronix International providing memory products for NX, apparently out this year|
During the conference call for its Q4 2015 financial results, Macronix International declared that the company will provide memory products for NX. One report from the event suggests that the platform will be launching this year. A rough translation of an article found on Yahoo’s site reads: Japanese video game maker Nintendo will launch this year a new machine NX, Macronix (2337), general manager CY LU said Macronix will provide products to NX, NX and considerable expectations. Macronix online Investor Conference held in the afternoon, legal attention, Nintendo will launch a new machine this year NX, has many years of partnership with Nintendo is still in the column NX Macronix supply chains. CY Lu said, Macronix will be provided to the memory slots NX, NX and considerable internal expectations. Although CY Lu would not say whether the supply NX products for the read-only memory (ROM), but, he said, looking forward to this year’s performance can be a meteoric rise ROM.