Nintendo Switch has upset the two generation console war dynamic of Microsoft and Sony by having the second most sales. And this was without the Switch being available in China, which has the most gamers in the world. But that is about to change.
ChinaJoy 2019 is the largest gaming and digital entertainment expo in Asia. Nintendo and Tencent were there to explain their strategy for releasing the Nintendo Switch into China.
Tencent will take point in introducing Nintendo’s presence in China. This entails translating Nintendo Switch games into simplified Chinese. Nintendo is going to introduce in the beginning games including titles from the Super Mario and Legend of Zelda franchises.
Among these, Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the console’s flagship offerings.
Apart from this, Tencent will also be setting up servers in China for Nintendo Switch Online. They will use their cloud business for this. Nintendo Switch’s eShop will be adapted to accommodate purchases through the WeChat payment system.
This partnership between Nintendo and Tencent first came to light in April. It was then that Guangdong authorities granted approval of Nintendo Switch sales in China.
But there is still a lot of bureaucratic red tape. Until that is dealt with, we won’t know of a release date. This means we won’t know of a price tag for the Nintendo Switch in China.
We don’t know as of yet if the Nintendo Switch Lite will also go on sale in China. The Nintendo major difference from the Nintendo Lite is a battery upgrade. This allows you to use the console for up to 9 hours while in handheld mode.
Nintendo is planning to upgrade the original console with a new processor and flash storage. This is according to a filing with the Federal Communications Commission. The filing specifically requests a “Change of SoC” type and a “change of NAND Memory type.”
Source: Digital Trends