Th reveal trailer for the Nintendo Switch revealed plenty of interesting little tidbits about the new console-handheld hybrid. We got a look at the new controller, called the Joy-Con, as well as the general look and portability of the console. Read more about that in our Nintendo Switch guide.
A lot of the discussion after the reveal was centred around not just the unique design and functionality of the console, but the games showcased during the trailer. Titles such as Skyrim and NBA 2K, two franchises not commonly associated with the Nintendo brand, appeared set to come to the console when it launches in March 2017.
However, shortly after the trailer hit, Bethesda said it had no plans other than what it was currently focusing on, and that was the release of both Dishonored 2 and Skyrim Special Edition. While you could argue that they aren’t obliged to confirm Skyrim on Nintendo Switch, it would appear strange not to seeing as though it’s right there in the trailer for all to see.
Take-Two has said it will support Switch, but we don’t know if that will include NBA 2K. The Wii U launch saw a number of Take-Two games, including NBA 2K13.
Understandably, gamers have been confused as to why Nintendo showed games running on the Switch that hadn’t been confirmed.
Speaking with Eurogamer, a Nintendo UK spokesperson said the games seen in the trailer shouldn’t be interpreted as Switch launch titles.
“This video is all about explaining how the Nintendo Switch works. We wanted to convey in a self-contained video how Nintendo Switch represents a new era for video game systems enjoyed in front of a TV, by letting gamers play anywhere, anytime, with anyone they choose. It adds the mobility of a portable system to the power of a home gaming system.
“At a later date, before the March launch, we’ll be talking about things like exact launch date, and of course, the games. You shouldn’t assume what you saw on the video represents actual game footage and further specifics on first-party games will be provided later.”
That answers that. The question that remains however is why Nintendo would show such a popular and well-known game such as Skyrim when the game isn’t even in development for it? It stands to be a little bit embarrassing for Nintendo if Bethesda never brings Skyrim to the console.