Nintendo always had a reputation for being too strict to indie and third party games. However, Nintendo has promised that it’s going to change with Nintendo Switch and it seems that Nintendo is finally fulfilling its promise.
During the recent Game Creators Conference in Osaka, Japan, a Nintendo representative shared some details about the 3rd party and indie support for Nintendo Switch. According to Nintendo, the process to develop games to Nintendo Switch will be quite similar to that of Wii U and 3DS at the Nintendo Developer Portal. However, there will be some minor differences but Nintendo is yet to detail them.
Nintendo representative revealed that Nintendo Switch development kit will be available for about 50,000 yen ($440), which is $140 more than the price of the console itself.
Ever since the hybrid console was revealed many publishers and developers have praised it and Bethesda is one of them. Recently, Bethesda’s game director, Todd Howard, said that Nintendo Switch is a smart thing from Nintendo and it is something that only Nintendo can make.
I think it’s really smart what they’ve done. I think it’s the kind of device that only Nintendo could make. It’s exciting to bring Skyrim to the Nintendo audience.
He added that Nintendo has proved to be a great partner but before that “they were less interested in the types of things that we did or some other groups did”.
Nintendo Switch will be available on March 3, 2017, and will be priced at $299.99 in the US and Legend Of Zelda Breath Of The Wild will be one of the many launch titles for the console.