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Old 01-20-2017, 01:54 AM   #1
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Kotaku: Nintendo Answers (And Avoids) Our Switch Questions

It almost feels like Nintendo is not quite ready for the Switch launch in March.

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Nintendo Answers (And Avoids) Our Switch Questions

The Switch won’t have Netflix or any other video apps at launch, but it will have a Mii Maker app. No video capture, sad to say.

Last week, just after the Switch event, we sent Nintendo a bunch of questions about their new hardware, which launches on March 3. Today, Nintendo sent back responses. Here’s the full list, complete with Nintendo’s answers (and non-answers):

Is Switch backwards compatible in any way? Will you be able to download or play Wii, Wii U, or 3DS games?

The Nintendo Switch system is not backward compatible with games designed for other systems, and is not currently compatible with controllers designed for other systems. Support for certain controllers may be considered for a future update. We have nothing to announce regarding Virtual Console or other types of digital purchases at this time.


How if at all does the Switch connect to Wii U and 3DS owners’ existing accounts?

We have nothing to announce at this time.


Will the Switch be compatible with existing Virtual Console purchases?

We have nothing to announce at this time.


Will the Switch have its own library of Virtual Console games that starts from scratch, or will it bring over the Virtual Console library from 3DS and Wii U?

We have nothing to announce at this time.


How will SNES online functionality work? Which games will it support?

We have nothing to announce at this time.


For those concerned about the 32GB of storage, how will that work for playing downloadable games? How will it work for DLC and patches?

The Nintendo Switch system has 32GB of internal NAND memory, a portion of which is reserved for use by the system. The system’s internal memory can be easily expanded as needed using microSDXC cards.

The SDXC standard supports up to 2TB of storage. (Note that 2TB cards are not yet on the market, but Nintendo Switch will support them when they are.) External USB hard drives are not supported at launch, but we are researching the possibility of supporting them in the future.

If no microSDXC card is used, everything is stored in internal NAND memory. If a microSDXC card is used, game save data is stored in internal NAND memory while data that can be redownloaded, such as digital games, game updates, and DLC, is stored on the microSDXC card. Nintendo Switch game cards are non-writable; game save data is stored in internal NAND memory.


Is there a trophy or achievements system?

We have nothing to announce at this time.


The 3DS has built in games and the Wii and Wii U were bundled with games. Are there any games being bundled with the Switch?

There are no games being bundled with Nintendo Switch.

Every launch is different, and with each one we try to make the best decision for the consumer, marketplace and our company. We believe the hardware configuration at the price point we’ve chosen is a great consumer value. The consumer will have their choice of great software for the system.


How does the Share button work? Does it allow you to capture video as well as screenshots? Will it allow you to stream on Twitch or YouTube?

The Capture Button is located on the Joy-Con (L) controller and the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, and lets users grab screenshots from their games. They can then view, edit (add text of various sizes, colors and positions) and post them to social media. The original unedited screenshot is also saved.

We are planning to add the ability to record video in the future.


Switch won’t have Miiverse - will there be Miis? Or any other equivalent?

While Miiverse will continue to be supported on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems, our approach with the Nintendo Switch system is to make greater use of other established, broadly used social platforms. For example, captured gameplay screenshots can be shared on popular social networks, and social features such as voice chat are possible with smart devices through our app.

There is a Mii Maker on Nintendo Switch. The software to create Mii characters is now located in System Settings, and no longer resides on the HOME menu as a standalone application. You can also create a Mii character from the Profile screen. Making Mii characters is similar to the method used on past systems.

Mii characters can be used to represent a user profile, but are not required. Users also have the option to choose a profile picture from an included library of Nintendo character images. Mii characters can still be used in games if developers choose to include them.

You can send/receive Mii characters through local wireless communication between Nintendo Switch systems, or use an amiibo figure to transfer Mii Characters from Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems.

Mii characters on the Nintendo Switch system are similar to past iterations, but they have some different options. More facial components and colors for hair and skin have been added, while the following attributes have been removed: creator’s name, favorites, birthday, copying, and “public.”


Will Switch support Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO Go, or any other streaming services?

All of our efforts have gone toward making the Nintendo Switch system an amazing dedicated video game platform, so it will not support any video-streaming services at launch. However, support for video-streaming services is being considered for a future update.


Will online stores be region-free or just cartridges?

The Nintendo Switch system is not region locked, but we recommend that players buy games within their region to ensure full service and support. The user will access the Nintendo eShop that corresponds to the country identified in their Nintendo Account. (Up to eight user accounts can be created on a single Nintendo Switch system.)


http://kotaku.com/nintendo-answers-a...ons-1791402953
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Old 01-20-2017, 02:18 AM   #2
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They avoided the whole virtual console topic. Just wait for the detaileded explanation about how they are going to screw you over when you won't be able to download your copy of earthbound on switch.

I'm going with: the online service is made from scratch.

At least they reasure there wont be any region lock be it physical or digital release, that's encouraging
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Old 01-20-2017, 03:52 AM   #3
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If they said no comment I'm going with it basically meaning no.
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Personally, fuck virtual console games. They should be like 2 dollars at most for a NES game.
You know they can do it cause if the NES classic is 60 dollars, that's only 2 dollars a game.

The only reason I got VC games on the wii u is cause of that 10 cent deal they had and for free when I had to redeem my club Nintendo points.

It would be nice if they transferred over purchases, but pft, don't see that happening anytime soon.
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Old 01-20-2017, 11:19 AM   #5
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Now Nintendo copies the Share function from DualShock 4, in the past it was Sony, Sega or Microsoft copying Nintendo.
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Old 01-20-2017, 07:27 PM   #6
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With the way gaming is going, all devices should have that now.
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It's sad that the cards aren't writable. I always prefer it when the save follows the game. Of course the console itself can have copy features for safe storage and the like. I think some Vita games save right to the card, or am I incorrect?
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Not sure if any do, pretty sure they don't. You had to buy their memory card to do anything on it.
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> "All of our efforts have gone toward making the Nintendo Switch system an amazing dedicated video game platform"

Thank you. I don't need my console to play Netflix, Youtube or anything else I can do with my computer. A console doesn't need to act like a pc, and it shouldn't.
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They said something similar with the Wii sine it didn't have a DVD player built in. Then they tried to give it a TV guide App, a photo editor, weather channels...news channel...video chat...
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half questions answer it with " We have nothing to announce at this time"

will release after 45 days and they still know nothing.

i'm sure will need to pay again to use content.
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^ And that is why I don't buy digital.

You just get fucked over as a consumer.
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