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Nintendo Switch’s Third Party Support Is Absolutely Promising

With Nintendo’s newest platform, dubbed the Nintendo Switch, finally revealed to the world, fans are clamoring to figure out what games could appear on this system. It’s no secret that third party support for Nintendo’s last console, the Wii U, was underwhelming, which only makes their inclusion this time around even more critical. In a press photo released by Nintendo, they showcase a handful of the big companies that have signed on to support their new system. It’s important to note that these are not the only developers producing content for the Nintendo Switch, but are by far the most prominent.

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Looking over the list, we have our usual big video game companies such as EA, Ubisoft, Activision, and Warner Brothers, but there are a some seriously surprising additions to this roster. One of the most notable is Square Enix, who’ve really only sent out a small number of titles for the Wii U despite their history with Nintendo. Many suspected that Square would return, especially after their partnership with Super Smash Brothers Wii U, so it’s nice to see this power couple back together. Maybe this means we will finally get a proper sequel to their 1996 collaboration piece, Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars.

Another company that might surprise a lot of players, including myself, is From Software who are famous for crafting the macabre RPG series Dark Souls. In fact, back in 2013, the producer for Dark Souls II Takeshi Miyazoe saw Nintendo and their audiences as very different. It will be interesting to see if they decide to bring over Dark Souls III for the Nintendo Switch or if they have a new series in mind for this system. From this inclusion alone it’s pretty clear Nintendo is taking third party support seriously and want to also cater to an older audience, as well.

Following this line of thought, another surprise inclusion is Bethesda, who are the masterminds behind the Elder Scrolls and Fallout series. In the trailer for the Switch we can see the remastered version of Skyrim being played, which confirms that Bethesda will be bringing over their open world games. It’s great to see Nintendo starting to shed their “family friendly” look for something more in line with today’s gaming scene, while still having that playful edge they’re known for. Bethesda is a big win for Nintendo as they have never been on one of their consoles before, so it will be interesting to see what else they bring over.

Looking at Take-Two Interactive, one has to wonder if this just means a continuation of their 2K sports series or the actual inclusion of titles like Mafia III, The Bioshock Collection, and biggest of all, the Grand Theft Auto series. Given that Red Dead Redemption 2 has just been announced, it’s possible we might see this series make an appearance on Nintendo’s Switch. Bringing these big open world games would not only show the power of their new system, but help send a message that they are not going to just focus on pushing their exclusives. Given how expensive consoles can be, being able to offer all the latest games for your system will certainly help them sell more in the long run.

Finally, Epic Games is the last studio we want to showcase, because it’s another that may surprise a lot of players who are still on the fence about this console. Though this is for a far different reason, as from the Switch trailer it’s pretty clear Nintendo has finally embraced the esports scene. Given that Epic games’ newest title, Paragon, has a chance to make some serious waves within the competitive community, bringing that over to the Switch could signal that Nintendo is trying to enter this section of the gaming market. Now, whether that’s a smart idea or not is up for debate, but it certainly raises some eyebrows since Super Smash Brothers Melee is one of the biggest competitive fighting games of all.

Here’s a list of partners that have signed up to support the Switch so far:

  • 505 Games
  • LEVEL-5 Inc.
  • Activision Publishing, Inc.
  • Marvelous Inc.
  • ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co., Ltd.
  • Maximum Games, LLC
  • ATLUS CO., LTD.
  • Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
  • Audiokinetic Inc.
  • Parity Bit Inc.
  • Autodesk, Inc.
  • PlatinumGames Inc.
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
  • RAD Game Tools, Inc.
  • Bethesda
  • RecoChoku Co., Ltd.
  • CAPCOM CO., LTD.
  • SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
  • Codemasters®
  • Silicon Studio Corporation
  • CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.
  • Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
  • DeNA Co., Ltd.
  • SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
  • Electronic Arts
  • Starbreeze Studios
  • Epic Games Inc.
  • Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
  • Firelight Technologies
  • Telltale Games
  • FromSoftware, Inc.
  • THQ Nordic
  • Frozenbyte
  • Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.
  • GameTrust
  • TT Games
  • GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC.
  • UBISOFT
  • Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc.
  • Ubitus Inc.
  • HAMSTER Corporation
  • Unity Technologies, Inc.
  • Havok
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • INTI CREATES CO., LTD.
  • Web Technology Corp
  • KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.
  • Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.

It’s very clear that Nintendo is starting to embrace a more mature demographic and are clearly not trying to restrict developers and publishers with any gimmicks or absurd concepts. While there are still a lot of questions surrounding the Switch, this list of developers is something to be optimistic about and shows that this company has been listening to fans. Seriously, though, can we get a sequel to Super Mario RPG, because that would be worth a console purchase alone.

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