Oh, and about that dock — it’s not the main console unit, as you may have guessed.
The Nintendo Switch hybrid home/portable games console that was revealed yesterday will support amiibo functionality, Nintendo has confirmed to IGN.
“If a Nintendo Switch game supports amiibo then the Nintendo Switch home gaming system will as well,” a Nintendo representative told IGN. The representative did not provide any examples of such games.
But the rep did continue on to release a few other peripheral tidbits about the company’s next games console. For instance, a single set of Joy-Con controllers — which can be attached to each other, attached to either side of the Switch’s screen, or broken apart and used individually — will come bundled with the console.
On the subject of controls and screens, it’s been speculated by many that the Switch will not feature a touchscreen because the functionality was not shown at all in yesterday’s video. Nintendo refused to confirm or deny as much, saying only that further announcements would be forthcoming prior to the system’s March 2017 launch. That information will not be released until at least January.
Another reason why speculation that the Switch is the world’s first tablet without a touchscreen has emerged is that the console sits in a dock that blocks the screen when it’s being played on a television. Switching between play in and out of the dock will be a simple process, Nintendo claimed.
“The Nintendo Switch Dock has been created so that it is extremely easy to seamlessly switch from playing games on a TV to transition into a portable mode,” the rep added in the IGN interview.
Further, and this was already fairly clear considering the Switch can be played without it, the docking unit is not the main console itself; the tablet is. “The main unit of Nintendo Switch is the unit that has the LCD screen, which the two Joy-Con controllers can be attached to and detached from. The main function of the Nintendo Switch Dock is to provide an output to the TV, as well as charging and providing power to the system.”