The Nintendo Switch launch is a mere few weeks away, with a confirmed March 3rd release date. Count the weeks until then. Very close, isn’t it? However, Nintendo have been very quiet regarding certain aspects of their new hybrid console/handheld device, making fans feel a little restless and uncomfortable. Meanwhile, pre-orders reach their limits as supply fails to meet demand.
According to Kotaku, who sent a bunch of questions to Nintendo for clarification on certain features and functionality of the Nintendo Switch, many of the questions continue to go unanswered. Some responses were clear cut, informative and to the point. Others were met with ‘We have nothing to announce at this time’.
Some of the 4-One team have already put money down for their day one console, and while excited for more Nintendo titles, still have concerns which begin to pile up as the release date draws nearer.
When quizzed about backwards compatibility or the ability to play Wii, Wii U or DS games, this answer was given to Kotaku:
“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.”
In relation to connecting to previous user created accounts such as Wii U or 3DS to access previously purchased content, “We have nothing to announce at this time.”
In relation to accessing previously purchased Virtual Console titles, “We have nothing to announce at this time.”
If the Nintendo Switch will have its own library of Virtual Console games or make use of the existing library, “We have nothing to announce at this time.”
It goes on and on. We’ll redirect you back to Kotaku for the full list of questions, but one that has people debating is the fact it won’t have a video streaming app available at launch. No Netflix, Amazon, Youtube or otherwise. Sure, you have a few devices in the house that already has access to these, but what if you don’t? What if you want it on your Switch? Well, you’ll have to wait.
“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.”
The console will launch with 5 titles in March, but will that be enough to satisfy gamers, even if Zelda is all you really want for the time being?