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Atlus CEO: Nintendo Switch has “Interesting Potential”

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It seems like we might be getting Atlus games on the Nintendo Switch sooner than expected, if the words between Atlus CEO Naoto Hiraoka and MCV are anything to go by.

In the interview, Hiraoka talked up the console, saying that while his company has pledged their support for the device, the console “is making for some interesting potential.”

Hiraoka also praised the Nintendo 3DS, a platform they’ve released a multitude of games onto. “As a third-party publisher for Nintendo’s platform, we have seen that 3DS owners are looking for mature role-playing game experiences, and JRPGs fit right into this genre.”

While the Nintendo Switch is set to release in March of next year, we’ll be seeing more information for Nintendo’s console on January 12th in a new video showcase.

Could we be seeing Persona 5 on the Nintendo Switch? Sound off in the comments below with your hopes for Atlus’ support of the console!

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145 comments
  1. Neojames82
    Neojames82
    November 28, 2016 at 10:33 am

    “As a third-party publisher for Nintendo’s platform, we have seen that 3DS owners are looking for mature role-playing game experiences, and JRPGs fit right into this genre.”

    As long as Nintendo gets to control the localization it will never be fully mature.

  2. Valwin Mediaz
    Valwin Mediaz
    November 28, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Not if nintendo censored your games

  3. Dighunter
    Dighunter
    November 28, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Don’t you fucking dare do it Atlus. If it’s just ports then fine but you’ve seen the absolute failure that is TMS both in Japan and abroad (and for good reason). Your audience is NOT there.

  4. Obbliglol
    Obbliglol
    November 28, 2016 at 10:56 am

    SMTIV and SMTIV:A were uncensored I guess, but please no, Atlus. I want mainline to return to home console ASAP, one that isn’t underpowered, moral hand-wringing region-locked crap, either.

  5. InkViper
    InkViper
    November 28, 2016 at 10:58 am

    I assume you’re talking NOA and not NCL.

  6. Nonscpo
    Nonscpo
    November 28, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I’d hold off excitement until we hear the titles of the games they plan on releasing.

  7. porkbun
    porkbun
    November 28, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Yes the Persona audience is not there but SMT audience is though. I wouldn’t be surprised if SMT5 is a NS exclusive.

    TMS failed because it’s a shitty game.

  8. porkbun
    porkbun
    November 28, 2016 at 11:27 am

    > JRPGs
    > mature role-playing game experiences

    pick one.

  9. Minuteworld92
    Minuteworld92
    November 28, 2016 at 11:33 am

    It would’ve atleast sold in the west if it wasn’t censored to shit

  10. bomblord
    bomblord
    November 28, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Lots of people who don’t know the difference between censorship and localization.

  11. Bitterbear
    Bitterbear
    November 28, 2016 at 11:57 am

    When you talk about Mature game experiences.. What do you mean?

  12. Eldhin Hellknight
    Eldhin Hellknight
    November 28, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Dark Souls is a Japanese game, its a role-playing game, and i think its mature

  13. Tristan (Chili1)
    Tristan (Chili1)
    November 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    I’d totally be up for mainline SMT on Nintendo Switch.

  14. Tristan (Chili1)
    Tristan (Chili1)
    November 28, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Yes, JRPGs are very often mature role-playing experiences. I pick two.

  15. Tristan (Chili1)
    Tristan (Chili1)
    November 28, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Did you somehow forget Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, Shin Megami Tensei IV/Apocalypse, Devil Survivor 1+2, Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, and Persona Q?

  16. Tristan (Chili1)
    Tristan (Chili1)
    November 28, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    But oftentimes censorship is a part of localization even though it shouldn’t be. And even if you want to somehow wiggle out of calling the changes made to TMS censorship, then people are criticizing its very awful localization. At the end of the day, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE was poorly handled and in the end a disgrace to the developers of the game, changing its characters for the sake of protecting an audience that is already very familiar with Japanese games and didn’t need such.

  17. Smug
    Smug
    November 28, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Localization can be as bad as censorship. Wordplay from a foreign language is one thing, but changing things because the culture is too foreign (and normalfags are too dumb to look up on the Internet) is another

  18. Minuteworld92
    Minuteworld92
    November 28, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    fuck off dude

  19. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    November 28, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    It’s time for Persona to make the jump to Nintendo consoles.

  20. Minuteworld92
    Minuteworld92
    November 28, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    (((console)))

  21. Smug
    Smug
    November 28, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    “im too gay to play on older sony consoles”

  22. OSad
    OSad
    November 28, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Localization is often the enabler of censorship. If you don’t have to change something, don’t change it.

    I think it’s best to keep your job squarely in the translation department so that you stay honest and don’t veer towards the other end of the spectrum.

  23. Raziel Barkrai
    Raziel Barkrai
    November 28, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    No, please do not put a mainline game on this thing. A spinoff sure, but not a mainline game.

  24. Fear Me I Am Free
    Fear Me I Am Free
    November 28, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Wasn’t the same thing said about the Wii U? and we all know how that turned out.

  25. Fear Me I Am Free
    Fear Me I Am Free
    November 28, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Someone doesn’t know that censorship and localization often go hand and hand.

  26. Grayares Fakcot
    Grayares Fakcot
    November 28, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    the potential to not be supported at all after 1 year

  27. Obbliglol
    Obbliglol
    November 28, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Do only play mature games for mature gamers such as yourself?

  28. Narmy
    Narmy
    November 28, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    What do you think TMS was?

  29. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    November 28, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    A great first step.

  30. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    November 28, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Wii U is why the Switch was possible.

  31. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    November 28, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Delusional.

  32. catazxy
    catazxy
    November 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    If there is rape, kids killed, torture, then it’s a mature game, in my book

  33. Smug
    Smug
    November 28, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Just like your supposed 100 titles on the WiiU, hmm Cody?

  34. catazxy
    catazxy
    November 28, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    I can’t wait for some nintendo class A censoring

  35. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    November 28, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Localization is censorship in every case in which the meaning from the original was changed.

    That makes most of localization, censorship.

  36. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    November 28, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Can’t we just have it flop faster though? And with it, Nintendo?

    Have them sell some intellectual property to people that care about it…

  37. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    November 28, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    That would suck. I’m never going to buy this garbage.

  38. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    November 28, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Persona the VN: Touch and Go.

  39. Michael Jordan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
    Michael Jordan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
    November 28, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Switch is not underpowered as leaked specs put it on par with xbox one, its not region locked. The moral hand – wringing can be can be avoided if its not a joint project.

  40. Nagato
    Nagato
    November 28, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Not at all; the Wii U’s failure is why Nintendo was forced to close up shop on stationary home consoles, thus directing them towards creating a handheld device capable of compensating for the vacuum this creates.

    It might not be what he intended to convey, but in a roundabout way he’s most certainly right.

    I, too, appreciate Iwata’s genius and sacrifice to bring more games to handheld and mobile instead~

  41. Nagato
    Nagato
    November 28, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Nintendo doesn’t enforce anything on games other companies publish, aside from prohibiting AO content like every platform holder that isn’t on PC.

  42. Smug
    Smug
    November 28, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Switch isnt an handheld tho
    just a special version of a Nvidia Shield tablet
    then I remember you in the past claiming tablets are viable alternatives to handhelds, so this isnt surprising

    “It might not be what he intended to convey, but in a roundabout way he’s most certainly right.”
    pfffft
    >implying

  43. Devon
    Devon
    November 28, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    That’d be easier to swallow if your claims of “I have plenty of games to play on WiiU” claims wasn’t invalidated by your recent play history of a lot of ancient TurboGrafX games.

  44. Valwin Mediaz
    Valwin Mediaz
    November 28, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    BS proven false

  45. Nagato
    Nagato
    November 28, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    By that logic the Vita is simply a special version of the Ipad 3, and every handheld ever is the exact same as whatever other devices might’ve used similar processors.

    As for what I’ve said in the past:

    I didn’t say they were viable alternatives, but rather viable replacements, based on the condition that modern handheld games aren’t or don’t do anything unique to justify their existence anymore… as in, there’s no reason those games cannot simply be released on superior devices like consoles and of course PC above that.

    Granted, that condition was only maintained somewhat artificially in the past: as a Gamecube + GBA owner, I would’ve just as easily purchased the fully 2D games created for the handheld if they were only released on the console instead, but due to the graphics/budget-chasing nature of my fellow gamers that sadly wasn’t a viable market reality.

    Now that all those lower budget games, whether Western or Nipponese, can all simply appear on any number of consoles + PC courtesy of digital stores… there isn’t much validating the existence of dedicated gaming handhelds anymore, at least not beyond only offering portability.

    The way I see it, standard mobile devices offer everything I would still want from handhelds in the current year – that being turn based (S)RPG’s –

    One does get into viable alternative/replacement territory when you hook a decently powerful Windows tablet up to a controller add-on, however…

  46. Nagato
    Nagato
    November 28, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Please do provide that proof then, assuming it doesn’t date from the SNES days.

  47. Nagato
    Nagato
    November 28, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    “I want mainline to return to home console ASAP, one that isn’t underpowered”

    Better hope for a third company to enter the console hardware game then, as you aren’t getting one of these from Sony or Microsoft.

  48. Smug
    Smug
    November 28, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    “By that logic the Vita is simply a special version of the Ipad 3,” are you legit retarded?

    “One does get into viable alternative/replacement territory when you hook a decently powerful Windows tablet up to a controller add-on, however…”
    LEL
    >”””powerful””” windows tablets
    >as practical as a dedicated handheld in any way too
    the delusion is fucking great

  49. Narmy
    Narmy
    November 28, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Maybe if it wasn’t butchered.

  50. Narmy
    Narmy
    November 28, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    The goal of localization is preserving the meaning though. At least it should be, though some people these days use “localization” as an excuse to censor.

  51. Nagato
    Nagato
    November 28, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    “are you legit retarded?”
    I could ask you the same for stating the Switch will just be the current K1 Shield Tablet with little to set it apart whatsoever.

    And do elaborate on how a portable screen slid into having controller sticks+buttons at the sides, and capable of playing traditional Japanese (and Jap inspired) games like Ys, TitS, Downwell, Shantae, Shovel Knight, dozens of shmups, and even a fair number of last-gen console games… how that isn’t isn’t the exact same handhelds have been doing?

  52. Narmy
    Narmy
    November 28, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    I think those are more common in Japanese games anyway, since western developers are pussies.

  53. Johnathon
    Johnathon
    November 28, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Atlus had potential to make great games too till they made SMT4 and 4final :^)

  54. Smug
    Smug
    November 28, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    >literally a tablet with accessories
    >hardware built by Nvidia itself
    >somehow for Nagato it’s impossible to make the obvious connection with Nvidia Shield
    then again you believe your Windows tablet is as practical in use as a PSP and DS, so I’m not surprised your brain is completely damaged

    “and capable of playing traditional Japanese (and Jap inspired) games like Ys, TitS, Downwell, Shantae, Shovel Knight, dozens of shmups, and even a fair number of last-gen console games…”
    nice hypothetical list faggot

    “how that isn’t isn’t the exact same handhelds have been doing?” handhelds actually focused on being handhelds
    not some hybrid shit

  55. Nagato
    Nagato
    November 28, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    I was actually talking about PC games already readily available on the likes of Steam, and capable of running on non-overpriced Windows tablets there; no need for hypetheticals at all.

    Still don’t quite see any meaningful distinction between the Switch and previous handhelds either, though, aside from it being the first handheld in ages with a shot at actually receiving some Western games again.

    Now tell me how I’m somehow still wrong, my adorable little French faggot~

  56. Nagato
    Nagato
    November 28, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    I know everyone’s mocking you – as is par for the course – but I’d like to take this opportunity to point out how you’re actually right on the money here.

    This very obviously does indeed mean that mainline Persona will hit Nintendo’s platform as well, as there’s no hardware limitations preventing them from simply porting over their console projects at this point, coupled with the fact that handhelds are of course still much bigger than home consoles in Japan.

  57. Smug
    Smug
    November 28, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    “non-overpriced Windows tablets” so basically cheap shitty tablets.
    >Nagato try to play his tablet setup anywhere else than his home, but cant because that shit is impossible to use in most situations
    >cant also simply put it inside a coat unlike a handheld

    “aside from it being the first handheld in ages with a shot at actually receiving some Western games again”
    what are Sony handhelds

  58. Nagato
    Nagato
    November 28, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Well, I wouldn’t ever take a handheld out without it being in a protective hard pouch anyway, and generally within a bag at that.

    “what are Sony handhelds”
    Dead? Abandoned? Ignored?

    I honestly can’t for the life of me recall any Western games on the Vita beyond the same token CoD and Fifa ports every new platform receives, unless you seriously want to include spin-off entries of Sony’s own garbage shooters.

    I do suppose there was this Batman Blackgate game the 3DS also got, but that was one of many titles proving how you might as well release projects of such scale on console and PC as well.

  59. Feniks
    Feniks
    November 28, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    The Vita is dead in the water and Sony doesn’t want to make handhelds anymore so in the land of the blind Nintendo is king.

    Hopefully Nintendo can drop this family nonsense and recognise games aren’t just for kids and casuals anymore.

  60. Smug
    Smug
    November 28, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    >needing a hard pouch and a bag (outside of long travels) for an handheld
    a soft one is more than enough, unless you plan on throwing your thing from the 2nd floor of a building

    “Dead? Abandoned? Ignored?”
    Dont change the goalpost, you faggot. Your argument was that there werent western games on handhelds for ages, despite PSP got a certain number of them and Vita got ports of western indies and PS2 classics.

    Take also account that a good amount of franchises died alongside the way (Burnout, FlatOut, Syphon Filter, etc) and most western game devs have been into ‘cinematic experiences’ for a while. They dont appreciate handhelds because they couldnt bullshit their way in like they can on home consoles. (due of the much underpowered hardware)

    also >caring that much about western games on japanese handhelds
    >wanting western games in the state they mostly are now

  61. Feniks
    Feniks
    November 28, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    The Switch won’t get a lot of Western support though except for old ports. The Western handheld market is pretty much dead, how many non Japanese devs make handheld games?

    That ship has sailed.

  62. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    November 28, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    I didn’t say otherwise, did I?

  63. Nagato
    Nagato
    November 28, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    “a soft one is more than enough, unless you plan on throwing your thing from the 2nd floor of a building”

    Nah, I’d only want to do that with modern home consoles.

    And how was I changing the goalpost when I simply had some fun at the Vita’s expense, and then went on to immediately the situation afterwards?

    But yeah, we didn’t get Western games on handhelds anymore due to the underpowered hardware preventing them from just porting over their current games with relative ease. Obviously that situation is about to change, so that opens up the window for certain “lighter” games to make the jump to handheld as well. I’m expecting the usual unoptimized cinematic/open-world garbage to stay far away as usual (if only because those respective devs won’t be able to make their games run on Switch), but there’s no reason the likes of Doom, Overwatch and Rocket League wouldn’t be able to do well on it.

    I personally don’t care much either way, as I still have a PC to play them on anyway.

  64. AR7777
    AR7777
    November 28, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Isn’t Switch a next gen console? If the next gen from Nintendo can’t even surpass xbox one then it’s underpowered

  65. Nagato
    Nagato
    November 28, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Whilst undeniably still a shrinking market due to the ubiquity of smartphones in modern life, handhelds still sell more than in the West.

    Previous handhelds lost support from Western companies because they couldn’t simply scale down their console projects to them, and with the advent of smartphones it obviously became cheaper to just create tie-in and spin-off games for those device instead.

    Now that first barrier is gone for a ton of games out there. Clearly, one shouldn’t expect everything to just magically appear on Switch, but there’ll be plenty of Western titles where it just makes plain sense for their devs to simply port their games for some easy extra money.

  66. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    November 28, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Are the leaked specs even valid? Xbox One isn’t “good specs” though. I also see nothing anywhere about region locked status, so we don’t know.

  67. Tubsiwub
    Tubsiwub
    November 28, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Damn right it does. Now, more games and less DLC. Chop chop.

  68. Michael Richardson
    Michael Richardson
    November 28, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Too bad Etrian Odyssey probably won’t be possible on Switch, though.

  69. Michael Richardson
    Michael Richardson
    November 28, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Nah. I like being able to play Atlus JRPGs anywhere I want. Switch is the perfect platform for them.

  70. Nagato
    Nagato
    November 28, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    It doesn’t necessarily have to be as powerful in every single aspect when it only has to render on a 6,2 inch 720p screen; its portable nature gives it a much sharper/higher dpi screen than practically every TV and monitor already (unless 18 inch 4K screens became a thing while I wasn’t paying attention).

    And with any supposed “leaks”, do note that you can’t directly compare Nvidia flops to AMD ones for the same reason that you can’t with their desktop GPU offerings. I’m fairly certain you’re aware of how that goes on PC, so I’ll spare you the explanation there.

  71. BaronKrause
    BaronKrause
    November 28, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Whats the difference for us here unless your playing imported Japanese games on imported Japanese consoles?

  72. Obbliglol
    Obbliglol
    November 28, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Aye, it’s a shame. I wish Nintendo would make the Gamecube 2, y’know? No gimmicks, just a damned good, solid console.

  73. Obbliglol
    Obbliglol
    November 28, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Is there are source for that?

    Honestly, if it’s not region-locked, then that’s fantastic news. I seem to remember Nintendo being cagey about whether it is or it isn’t. I really REALLY hope it isn’t.

    Concerning specs, doesn’t it have a bloody 720p screen? That’s simply not up to par in 2017, especially compared to most phone screens if we’re talking about how portable it is. I mean, I guess I’ll be happy playing SMT/MonHun/Pokemon on a 720p screen rather than a fucking 240p screen, but c’mon.

  74. True Goddess Reincarnation
    True Goddess Reincarnation
    November 28, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Wishful thinking people

    Wishful thinking

  75. True Goddess Reincarnation
    True Goddess Reincarnation
    November 28, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    >xbox one
    >not underpowered

    topkek

  76. True Goddess Reincarnation
    True Goddess Reincarnation
    November 28, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    lol

  77. Tyrone Jackson
    Tyrone Jackson
    November 28, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Come on, have some self-respect lol

  78. Narmy
    Narmy
    November 28, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    It’s not even a console. It’s a tablet trying to compete with consoles.

  79. OSad
    OSad
    November 28, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    A 720p screen is actually pretty good for portable gaming. The screen is one of the strong points of the device so far, from the specs that have actually been confirmed.

    Either way, screen resolution isn’t everything, pixel density is also important. Phones get ridiculously high screen resolutions for their size as a selling point, but often pixel density can fall behind: this is normal as people are more used to reading static text, listening to music and sometimes watching a Youtube video or two on their phones (which already have had their bitrates jumbled up by Youtube servers for space’s sake), so the density often doesn’t matter that much on those devices. There’s a chance the Switch could have a very nice screen with good pixel density, coupled with hardware that can run games very well at an internal resolution of 1366×720.

    The rumor about it not being region-locked is still just a rumor, but it came from a source which even projournos were touting as reliable since it apparently has contacts on the inside, plus it got some things right previously (don’t quote me on this, “it” was a twitter handle or something but I have no specifics). An SD card slot was also predicted, which knowing the piss-poor internal storage the thing ought to have at launch bundles, makes sense and is rather exciting for the prospects of homebrew and such.

  80. thatguyEZ
    thatguyEZ
    November 28, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    No, no we won’t be seeing Persona on anything but the PS3/PS4 anytime soon. The only thing I care about Atlus putting on Switch is Etrian Odyssey. Hopefully they’ll pull their head out of their asses and put the proper SMT games on a home console again.

  81. Narmy
    Narmy
    November 28, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Pixel density is just based on screen size and resolution. It’s going to have lower pixel density than a phone, since it’s a bigger screen.

  82. GameZard
    GameZard
    November 28, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Handheld and mobile are basically the same thing. Only difference is that handheld consoles are dying while mobile is thriving. I say handhelds have about one year at most until they stop getting supported and all their games go to the switch, PS4, and PC.

  83. True Goddess Reincarnation
    True Goddess Reincarnation
    November 28, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    that is on a portable
    Not a tablet disguised as one

  84. GameZard
    GameZard
    November 28, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Persona would come to Steam before it ever comes to a Nintendo system. Most likely they would just make more spinoffs.

  85. True Goddess Reincarnation
    True Goddess Reincarnation
    November 28, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I never said that. But you did say the xbox one was not underpowered.

  86. GameZard
    GameZard
    November 28, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    So you want their games on mobile?

  87. GameZard
    GameZard
    November 28, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Both are portable systems.

  88. True Goddess Reincarnation
    True Goddess Reincarnation
    November 28, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    I mean if the thing has a 3 hour charge on the go and you can only charge it with the dock it is not really that…

  89. Smug
    Smug
    November 28, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    “Handheld and mobile are basically the same thing”
    no

  90. Sebastian Mikulec
    Sebastian Mikulec
    November 28, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    “Interesting potential” sounds like one of those things you say to try to feign positivity when you have nothing positive to say that’s concrete.

  91. Nagato
    Nagato
    November 28, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    To be honest I’m 100% certain that Persona 5 will see a Switch release, while I’m currently not sure yet if they’ll also take it to Steam. My reasoning here being the lack of any exclusivity in P5’s marketing and branding whatsoever, as opposed to it being marked “console exclusive”.

    You should expect everything Japanese going forward to find its way to Switch; it’s just too easy to move over development from whichever device – 3DS, Vita, PS3, even PS4 – they were previously making games for.

    But where 5 years ago that would’ve made it a dream device, the current situation is of course that we practically got all of that on Steam already by now… at which point to PC gamers like us it’ll just be another Nintendo handheld, just now with the added “value” of giving us earlier access to certain Japanese games on a device more desirable than a PS4.

  92. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    November 28, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    I think the 6 inch screen being 720p doesn’t even matter. There are far more important questions to ask about the Switch.

  93. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    November 28, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    I’m not sure if it would’ve even sold much better if it wasn’t. The Wii U was effectively already abandoned by that point.

  94. Zombie_Barioth
    Zombie_Barioth
    November 28, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    To be fair, the screen is 720P, but that doesn’t mean it’s output is limited to that resolution.

    When docked and hooked up to the TV it could output whatever settings they want, then when playing on it’s own screen and battery it could scale things down.

    720P would still look pretty good on a 6″ screen anyway. There are still phones with that resolution, and remember we’re talking about a sub-$300 device where most of that budget is going towards gaming performance.

    A higher res will also just cause it to suck power even faster.

  95. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    November 28, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I see no reason why the Switch couldn’t get Persona 5 – if it can run on the PS3 the NS is no problem and Atlus stuff sells well on 3DS. Plus, they need a new place to release those portable updates they love making for Persona games since Sony obviously aren’t making a PSP3.

    Persona 5 Crimson 2018/19?

  96. porkbun
    porkbun
    November 28, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    yes

  97. Para-Medic
    Para-Medic
    November 28, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    This. I’d rather get a dedicated tablet with an OS that isn’t locked down, supposing I was in the market for one.

    Who knows, considering Nintendo’s push for mobile, a tablet might actually be the better investment once Switch flops lol.

  98. InkViper
    InkViper
    November 28, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    That’s a good question, and it deserves a proper response, but it’s late where I am, being in the UK, so I’ll get back to you tomorrow with a proper explanation. Promise.

  99. Valwin Mediaz
    Valwin Mediaz
    November 28, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    A tweet from atlus CEO saying it was all nintendo NOA doing what happen the FE X SMT

  100. Michael Richardson
    Michael Richardson
    November 28, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Nope. I like buttons.

  101. GameZard
    GameZard
    November 29, 2016 at 12:31 am

    As the switch is just a glorified gaming tablet.

  102. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    November 29, 2016 at 12:38 am

    Persona 5 doesn’t have ‘only on Playstation’ on the box.

    It’s definitely not an exclusive.

  103. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    November 29, 2016 at 1:55 am

    Don’t worry, people compared a lot more shit than I did and it’s showing lack of power in every aspect.

  104. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    November 29, 2016 at 1:56 am

    Nagato said not published by Nintendo specifically.

  105. Michael Richardson
    Michael Richardson
    November 29, 2016 at 2:30 am

    And the PS4 is a locked down, underpowered PC that forces you to pay for the privilege of going online. Same with Xbone.

    I’ll go with the glorified gaming tablet that is able to play home console-quality Nintendo and Atlus games on the go any day of the week.

  106. Smug
    Smug
    November 29, 2016 at 3:44 am

    “I cant go with older systems lol”

  107. Sandman83
    Sandman83
    November 29, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Well yeah it would make alot sence for them to launch games for the Switch as they have been releasing alot of games for the ds and 3ds lately whit devil survivor, shinigami tensei, persona etc.
    Think they would do incredible well on the Switch and would love for example for the Persona series to b released on that platform to.
    And yeah as I understand it the Switch is actually fairly powerful to. According to rumors it might even have comparable power to the xbox one and ps4.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGuzTVdcjqQ
    And yeah as all Nintendo:s handheld games and console game series are now merging on one system it will likely sell really well.
    In other words, Fire Emblem, Zelda, Metorid, Xenoblade Chronicles, Pikmin, Mario, Splatoon etc. everything will be on the Switch.

  108. True Goddess Reincarnation
    True Goddess Reincarnation
    November 29, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Dedicated handheld is far superior to mobile games.

  109. True Goddess Reincarnation
    True Goddess Reincarnation
    November 29, 2016 at 7:27 am

    If it was a good game rather

  110. Michael Richardson
    Michael Richardson
    November 29, 2016 at 8:56 am

    New games, as a rule, tend not to release on old systems. Also, I still own almost all of older consoles and handhelds and play them regularly (except my Dreamcast, god rest its soul), so I’m not sure what you’re on about.

    The CONCEPT of the system speaks to me. I’m primarily excited about that. I like console games, but at heart, I’m a handheld guy who likes to play his games anywhere he wants. The Switch allows that. I just hope Nintendo doesn’t fuck it up.

  111. Himegami Aisa
    Himegami Aisa
    November 29, 2016 at 10:15 am

    If his interest results in something similar to the last atlus project on a nintendo console, count me well out.

  112. Himegami Aisa
    Himegami Aisa
    November 29, 2016 at 10:18 am

    nocturnebabby spotted

    also a jojofag, what a surprise

  113. Ruggarell
    Ruggarell
    November 29, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Switch will have a shit library just like the Wii U and Wii just buy a PS4 and save up for a PS5 so you don’t have to beg for new games to play.

  114. Smug
    Smug
    November 29, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I was talking about how this shitfest of a gen has been going for almost 4 years (even though the previous gen wasnt particularly amazing, save for the PSP and DS), and it doesnt seem like things are going to get better unless a second crash happens.

    Also considering the amount of stupid decisions Nintendo has done (and especially since Iwata died, it seems like there is nobody holding the company back from making them), I’m not holding my breath.

    Also my problem with the Switch is that it cant decide between either being a home console or a handheld tablet

  115. Smug
    Smug
    November 29, 2016 at 11:57 am

    You already begged for games on your PS4 tho
    Took you 4 years to finally get them

  116. Michael Richardson
    Michael Richardson
    November 29, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Current gen is better than the last one, at least. Especially on the handheld front. PSP’s library was massive but filled with forgettable, second-rate experiences, and the DS, like the Wii, was too gimmicky all-around.

    And the Switch is a hybrid console. That’s the point of it. It’s a handheld AND a home console.

    How well the hardware lives up this promise remains to be seen, of course. The biggest concern, naturally is the thing’s battery life. Anything shorter than 3 or 4 hours will massively reduce its appeal as a replacement for the 3DS.

  117. Smug
    Smug
    November 29, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    “Current gen is better than the last one, at least. Especially on the handheld front”
    >PS4nogames took 4 years to finally get a bunch of titles
    >Xbone who?
    >WiiU is dead
    >3DS and Vita both got saved by piracy (still need a storage adapter or something for the Vita) due of their respective companies being retarded on the software/hardware front

    “PSP’s library was massive but filled with forgettable, second-rate experiences” but the Vita library isnt? Sony handhelds rely pretty much on niche jap shit.
    “and the DS, like the Wii, was too gimmicky all-around” confirmed for never playing a DS (I dont think you did much the PSP either).

    For someone who claim to love handhelds, you’re doing a poor job

  118. Michael Richardson
    Michael Richardson
    November 29, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    “>PS4nogames took 4 years to finally get a bunch of titles”

    Getting better games than the PS3 got in its entire life-cycle, though. Last gen really sucked for consoles.

    “>Xbone has nothing”

    Can’t disagree with that. Then again, the 360 sucked after it’s first couple years on the market.

    “>WiiU is dead”

    It developed a better core library than the Wii, however. It also had a much more useful “gimmick.” And we’re getting the Switch soon, so we’ll see how that pans out.

    “but the Vita library isnt too? Sony handhelds rely pretty much on niche jap shit.”

    I wouldn’t say the Vita has a “massive” library. At least, in comparison to the PSP. I do think it has overall higher quality “niche jap shit,” though. At least, niche jap shit that has been localized.

    “confirmed for never playing a DS (I dont think you did much the PSP either).”

    DS was my most played machine last gen, but still a disappointment, being sandwiched between two handhelds with superior libraries (GBA and 3DS)

  119. Michael Richardson
    Michael Richardson
    November 29, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Seriously. Atlus manages to create gorgeously stylized experiences on even very limited hardware. Switch would be terrible for most Western AAA developers, but it’ll work fine for Atlus and Nintendo games.

  120. InkViper
    InkViper
    November 29, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Good question, but let me preface some think before I answer. Who’s us? There’s me, there’s you, there’s the individuals at NCL, who are the reason that we love Nintendo. They are the geniuses who make the games we love so much, and then there is NOA… Who’s shiting every think up!
    But even then that’s unfair, even at NOA there are individuals who do have the best interest of gamers at heart, the people who wanted games like The Binding of Isaac to come to the 3DS, and those against it! If I remember what Tyrone Rodriguez said regarding the submission of the game first time round. These are individuals, and we need to remember that, there not a collectivist hive mind, but it’s individuals in different branches of a multibillion dollar corporation, with many regional brunches. And in doing so if we are aware that certain individuals work for gamers and certain ones that work against gamers, why would it be okay to assume that they are all the same. If you can identify individuals who were responsible for the censorship, then they can be called out. But if you place the entire branch if not the entire company in the same basket, when the situation is obviously far more nuance, how does that make you look. I’ll tell you what that makes us look like, Un-thinking troglodytes, who lack the intelligent to differentiate who is directly responsible for these actions. That’s why I don’t like this idea of collective blame, and I ask who’s us! But individuals, who are annoyed with individuals at the regional branch making unreasonable changes, censoring the games by the main company that I love so much.
    Now I understand simply identifying the individuals, in the company who are responsible doesn’t change the circumstance of gamers in the US and Europe, when it comes to the content of the games that we get, but throwing figurative stones at the entire company, doesn’t change that situation neither. But knowing who the individuals are or at least the particular departments in the individual brunches of the company themselves, and discussing it, and engaging with them, might! It shows that we can have a conversation, the sort of conversation that is informed by facts, of the movers and shakers who make decisions good and bad. Rather than screaming FUCK NINTENDO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, because that’s not going to change anyone’s mind is it, let’s say on the off chance one of these individuals that don’t want the games censored who’s from treehouse, reads this thread, and see the types of remarks made, Fuck Nintendo or Nintendo is going to censor a third party title that there not publishing!! (As if that has happened in recent years, it hasn’t) there not going to be sympathetic, are they. Now I can’t say that anyone from treehouse who is sympathetic would necessarily see this, but if they do, let’s try and show them when not complete unthinking morons, if not for them then at least for ourselves.
    There is a deeper more nuance conversation to be had, so let’s have that conversation instead of looking like entitled brats from NeoGAF.

  121. Feniks
    Feniks
    November 29, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Self-censorship.

    Burgerland is ostensibly free but deep down it’s all Puritanism.

  122. Tristan (Chili1)
    Tristan (Chili1)
    November 29, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    The Nintendo Switch is very clearly portable and is most likely designed as a replacement for the 3DS as well. It doesn’t look hard to carry around and play on the go.

  123. Tristan (Chili1)
    Tristan (Chili1)
    November 29, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    The Switch has buttons and analog sticks. Tablets don’t.

  124. Joe
    Joe
    November 29, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    How can the Switch possibly have a higher pixel density than a phone running 720p, let alone a phone running 1080p or retina density? Given it’s a Nintendo product, the screen will most likely be one of the WORST aspect of the Switch – Nintendo systems have always used cheap washed out low resolution screens, often arriving with dust under the screen owing to the cheap quality control on them.

  125. Joe
    Joe
    November 29, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Right now I’m typing this on a 28″ 4K PC monitor which has close to double the pixel density of what the Switch will have. The Switch’s screen is nothing special at all…

  126. GameZard
    GameZard
    November 29, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    No thanks as I have no need for a PS4. I don’t think their will be a PS5.

  127. Psichaos
    Psichaos
    November 29, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    I could see niche anime game developers going for the Switch if it gains appeal in Japan as a portable gaming console. Currently the Vita owns that niche, and I’ve heard nothing about Sony’s future with portable consoles after the Vita, so it’s a possibility that that market might shift over to the Switch now that the Vita is starting show its age and Sony might not have anything in the pipeline currently for its successor.

  128. Levolt
    Levolt
    November 29, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    why argue about a console we know nothing about besides the screen and the gpu

  129. Psichaos
    Psichaos
    November 29, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    I imagine if the Switch screen was 1080p, it would have virtually no battery life, and considering they want this to be a more portable console, it really needs a much better battery life than the Wii U controller.

  130. True Goddess Reincarnation
    True Goddess Reincarnation
    November 30, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Megami Tensei (first one not SMT) was ported to the NES and this could have another MT spinoff rather than mainline game tbh fam but dont expect much.

  131. Dighunter
    Dighunter
    November 30, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Portables might as well be dead, the Switch is gonna be a home console primarily.

  132. AR7777
    AR7777
    November 30, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    I’m not sure it’s small enough to carry around, I was comparing the pic in the article with my 7 inches tablet and that Switch looks like it’s about the same size if not a bit bigger.

    Besides you have to carry the detachable controllers that go on the sides.
    So yes, you can carry it around but it’s hardly as convenient as a portable system.

    3DS fits in most of my pants’ pockets and in all my jackets’. While for the Switch you would have to wear some deep pockets or a big carry pouch, and consider the controllers as well.

    In conclusion, Nintendo can market the Switch as the home console on the go (with big success from what I’ve seen) but it doesn’t sound like it can be a king in neither of those markets. Next gen system weaker than xbox one and portable that’s bigger than any portable console to date which needs detachable controllers and is probably big on battery consumption.

    I’d buy one if it costed less than $200, but I’m willing to bet it’s going to be $350.

  133. AR7777
    AR7777
    November 30, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Maybe the release a Switch that’s similar to PSTV and is much cheaper.

  134. Johnathon
    Johnathon
    December 1, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Nice “You don’t like X so you must be Y” Option select fam, 2 and Strange journey were the best.

  135. Himegami Aisa
    Himegami Aisa
    December 2, 2016 at 5:15 am

    string jelly is actual bad taste, fucking shitty eo hybrid

  136. Johnathon
    Johnathon
    December 4, 2016 at 4:01 am

    “string jelly is actual bad taste” I get it, you like 4 because dungeon navigation is an impossible task for you, but it’s not bad because you’re bad it at.

  137. Himegami Aisa
    Himegami Aisa
    December 4, 2016 at 5:00 am

    yeah man, i love backtracking and stupid mazes, sector h was brilliant. old smt was definitely as obnoxious as that. but yeah, my only complaint was that it was too hard. it’s not like there’s glaring issues like mc’s skill progression, a boring as fuck story with retarded characters and awful maps to mention a few.