Nintendo made a comeback in the gaming hardware market with Nintendo Switch, and after its success more third party publishers are considering to bring their games to the hybrid console. Nintendo Switch was not only the comeback of Nintendo but Nvidia also entered the console space and Nvidia CEO was delighted with the hybrid console.
Speaking during Nvidia’s recent earnings call, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang talked about how the company came to work with Nintendo on Switch. He added that Nintendo Switch delighted him in a way that no console in the past 10-15 years has been able to. He also praised Nintendo for its innovation with Switch.
Somebody asked me a few months ago before it was launched how I thought it was going to do. And of course, without saying anything about it, I said that it delighted me in a way that no game console has done in the last 10 – 15 years. And it’s true, this is a really, really innovative product and really quite ingenious. And if you ever have a chance to get it in your hands, it’s just really delightful.
Since the launch of Switch, the third-party support for the hybrid console has not been impressive but, it seems that things are about to change soon. According to Epic Games Japan representative, Takayuki Kawasaki revealed that that are 20 games based on Unreal Engine 4 in development for Switch.
Unfortunately, there were not any Unreal Engine titles at launch, but in late March, Snake Pass, which was one of the titles playable at GDC, launched in America and Europe, and at the Nintendo Switch Presentation, there were titles such as Shin Megami Tensei,” Kawasaki said. “In Japan, there are about 20 titles being developed that use Unreal Engine, so I think that they’ll be announced gradually from here on.
While, Switch has just launched over two months ago, but according to a report from Citigroup, despite Nintendo Switch being a hybrid console, it is still quite large for children and this could result in Nintendo releasing a Switch mini in FY2018.