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Today, we’re looking at a bunch of high-profile Switch games and which ones would most benefit from a performance patch on the next console.

A little while back, a new rumor emerged that claimed a port of Breath of the Wild for Nintendo’s next console is in development. Though we aren’t sure of the specifics, the main reason to port this game would be to up the performance to 60 frames per second with even higher visual quality. This got us thinking: if games are getting performance patches on Switch 2, which of Nintendo’s first-party Switch games could use a boost? 

Nintendo of Canada tweeted a new Switch commercial featuring a Whistler Blackcomb tie-in. Check out the video below:

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We got some new tidbits on how Nintendo’s expectations are for the future and how they will be handling production thanks to the Wall Street Journal. Here’s a quick summary of some of the bigger points.

Nintendo is planning on increasing the pace at which it produces Switch systems and are planning to make 25 million – 30 million in the next fiscal year, April 2018. They also seemed to indicate that they would increase these numbers depending on what they see during the holiday season. Kimishima believes that demand will keep growing even after the holiday season is over.


In an interview with Business Insider, Doug Bowser, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Nintendo of America, discusses the problems Nintendo has had with meeting the demand for the SNES Classic and the Switch. While some fans have speculated the motive has been to intentionally understock hardware in attempts to drive-up demand, Bowser explains that the reality behind the issue is far less exciting:

We try to do the best we can with forecasting and anticipating demand, and to put a plan in place … If you see a steep ramp-up in demand, it takes some time to catch up … When you think about procurement of parts, procurement of manufacturing facilities, getting [production] ramped up — that takes some time to respond.

Bowser adds that this should become less of an issue as the fiscal year comes to a close, and that Nintendo has learned their lesson from the problems they had in 2016 with the NES Classic:

We’re really focused on trying to get as much SNES to the market as possible … You’ll see a much stronger flow of product than you did on NES. Lesson learned from the past!


The Switch will be getting 20 games at launch in Japan. Included in this is Blaster Master Zero, which had previously only been announced for the 3DS. The full list is below:

Physical and digital releases:
-The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
-1-2-Switch (Nintendo)
-Disgaea 5 Complete (NIS)
-Dragon Quest Heroes I•II for Nintendo Switch (Square Enix)
-I Am Setsuna (Square Enix)
-Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence with Power-Up Kit (Koei Tecmo Games)
-Puyo Puyo Tetris (SEGA)
-Super Bomberman R (Konami)

Digital only releases:
-Snipperclips: Cut It Out, Together! (Nintendo)
-Arcade Archives NEOGEO The King of Fighters ’98 (Hamster)
-Arcade Archives NEOGEO Metal Slug 3 (Hamster)
-Arcade Archives NEOGEO Shock Troopers (Hamster)
-Arcade Archives NEOGEO Waku Waku 7 (Hamster)
-Arcade Archives NEOGEO World Heroes Perfect (Hamster)
-Blaster Master Zero (Inti Creates)
-New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers (Arc System Works)
-Othello (Arc System Works)
-Soldam: Blooming Declaration (City Connection)
-Soratobu Bunbun Baan (Poisoft)
-Voez (Flyhigh Works)

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Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang appeared at CES 2017 this weekend, and while the main topics of the keynote were not Nintendo related, he briefly did touch on the Switch when asked if it connected to their AI endeavors:

Nintendo Switch is a game console. It’s very Nintendo. That entire experience is going to be very Nintendo. The beauty of that company, the craft of that company, the philosophy of that company—they’re myopically, singularly focused on making sure that the gaming experience is amazing, surprising, and safe for young people, for children. Their dedication to their craft, that singular dedication, is quite admirable. When you guys all see Switch, I believe people are going to be blown away, quite frankly. It’s really delightful.

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The Nintendo Switch Presentation on January 12 now has a start time: 11 PM EST/8 PM PST. This is also 5 AM CET on January 13, and 1 PM JST. The presentation will be viewable online, at the Switch’s main page.



Ubisoft recently held a party in Paris to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary, and today they released a video that shows some impressions from that event. Interestingly, among the props on display were little figurines of Mario, Luigi and Toad as Ubisoft’s Rabbid characters. Given the recent rumors of a Mario & Rabbids crossover RPG , this could be more than just a coincidence. Naturally, it’s not an official conformation that that game is real, but it is certainly going to fuel further speculations. One way or another, we should know for sure at the Switch event in January.


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