TV Mode Not Supported in All Nintendo Switch Games

Nintendo hasn’t exactly confirmed every minute detail for the Nintendo Switch leading up to its worldwide release this week, on March 3rd. While some lingering questions regarding features, user interface, and more remain – it seems like the company is allowing developers to opt-out of supporting its TV Mode.

Voez, a new port via Rayark Games, isn’t supporting TV mode. For those not following the console and its confirmed functionality, it supports three modes, including: handheld mode, TV mode, and tabletop mode.

It was assumed up to this point that games would support all play modes, making full use of its functionality.

While Taiwan-based developer Rayark Games are simply not adapting the game’s touch controls for a traditional controller (and disabling TV Mode), it opens the question to how many other developers will simply opt-out of supporting TV Mode.

Does this mean developers can opt-out of supporting handheld mode, or tabletop? Will we get a flood of mobile ports on the console?

The Nintendo Switch is launching on March 3rd worldwide, for $299.99.



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  1. wombat
    February 27, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    It’s nice that the option is there for devs, but there needs to be sufficient warning on games that don’t support either docked or undocked mode.

  2. SuperDuperSenpai
    February 27, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    I don’t give a shit about trash indie games, but this would fucking suck if bigger named devs did this.

  3. evilmajikman
    February 27, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    The hell was the point of this system then?

  4. SuperDuperSenpai
    February 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    To function as a tablet and console, but lazy devs will only go for the former since they can’t be assed to set up the functions for controllers.

  5. SuperDuperSenpai
    February 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    There will likely be some indicator on a game’s box or on the eShop, I’m sure.

  6. Cy
    February 27, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Can’t wait for this thing to turn into the next Ouya.

  7. SuperDuperSenpai
    February 27, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    (People actually believe this)

  8. facy ben book
    facy ben book
    February 27, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    this devs don t even have a dev kit yet and everybody went nuts after they annouced the game for switch

  9. Eldhin Hellknight
    Eldhin Hellknight
    February 27, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Thats serious bullshit. Why on fucking earth its not mandatory to make games playable with the console docked or undocked?… Well, i thought that this could happen since its a touchscreen device but….

  10. Feniks
    February 27, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    It’s dead Jim.

  11. Feniks
    February 27, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Nintendo can’t die. Like a drug resistant virus it adapts and infects normalfags.

  12. goodbyejojo
    February 27, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    classic nintendo

  13. SuperDuperSenpai
    February 27, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I’m sure that sounded wittier in your head.

  14. Taiga Gao
    Taiga Gao
    February 27, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Nintendo is never going to die because retards keep buying the same handheld but with minor differences (3DS, 3DSXL, 2DS, NEW NEW 3DS) and Pokemon despise not only being the same shit as 2 decades ago but somehow also getting worse with each new entry.

    But, their consoles can fail really hard, and watching that is funny as hell.

  15. SuperDuperSenpai
    February 27, 2017 at 4:43 pm


  16. Personaknight
    February 27, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    And here I thought I would finally get away from touchscreens and annoying peripherals. Multiple controllers/modes to play with is utility, but then again Why would devs of third party or portable teams go to the extra effort to make it play on bigger screen?

  17. scemar
    February 27, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    oh boy no thanks
    handheld mode can be optional but TV game should be mandatory
    there’s no justification for not enabling it since it’s technically possible

    I will be mad if they release the next pokemon and use some bullshit excuse like “We want to retain the spirit of pokemon, so we made it handheld only, enjoy being forced to look at the game through the tiny screen instead of a bigger TV because we said so”

  18. Michael Richardson
    Michael Richardson
    February 27, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Literally every other game announced for the system so far appears to work in both forms, but sure, the purchase is a waste because you can’t play a touchscreen-driven mobile game port on the TV.

    Some of you people will fucking complain about anything, won’t you?

  19. AR7777
    February 27, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Pathetic, a home console that doesn’t guarantee it will play all games on a TV.

    Fuck this overpriced tablet piece of shit

  20. AR7777
    February 27, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    1-2 switch can only be used in tv or tabletop mode. Switch isn’t even out yet and there already at least 2 games that don’t support all three modes and one of them is a nintendo game.

  21. Mr0303
    February 27, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I suppose this makes sense for games that have only touch screen controls, but everything else should really support the TV mode.

  22. Zen
    February 27, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    The entire point of 1-2 Switch is that it’s a game that doesn’t use the user’s television. Of course I still think it’s a retarded idea and it will end up dead in the water as a game nobody plays, but attempting to use that as a point against the system is moot.

  23. evilmajikman
    February 27, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    The point is we’ve already seen developers not give 2 shits about enabling games to be used on Vita TV. The system had to be hacked just so users could take full advantage of it. Allowing developers to limit the use of the console is just going to stifle the use of it in the long run and could just make it an overglorified portable console.

  24. Zen
    February 27, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    I won’t claim to know anything about the Vita TV situation since I never touched or used the feature myself, but I still think we haven’t been shown enough intent from the right people (i.e. developers who actually develop for home consoles and not mobile platforms like Rayark) to be gloom and despair just yet.

    Now if Nintendo went and announced that the next Pokemon or Fire Emblem game would not be playable in TV mode for some inexplicable reason, then I would agree. And I do think that the issue of the Switch (or specifically the Nintendo e-Shop) being flooded with crappy indie mobile games is something to consider. Hopefully Nintendo sets some sort of requirements that restrict what kind of games developers are able to submit, but we’ll have to see. If nothing else, it’s not as if anything is confirmed yet since the console isn’t even released.

  25. Ruggarell
    February 27, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    TV mode should be 100% mandatory. I don’t give a flying fuck about portability. I’m only buying a switch next year to play it’s exclusives on my TV. I’m riding out this gen with my PS4 mainly but I still need to play Nintendo games once in a while.

  26. Rob Simple
    Rob Simple
    February 27, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Well after they completely fucked up Starfox on the WiiU by forcing you to play with the shitty gamepad controls, I think people have earned the right to be concerned over what bullshit Nintendo is going to force on them this time around.

  27. Rob Simple
    Rob Simple
    February 27, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Thank you for your continued support, komrad. $1.50 has been deposited into your Nintendo Defence Force account.

  28. Rob Simple
    Rob Simple
    February 27, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Am I the only person who now looks forward to a new Nintendo console just to see in what exotic way they’re going to fuck it up this time, rather than for any of the new games?

  29. Cy
    February 27, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    When did I say Nintendo was finished? I think Nintendo has a very lucrative future ahead of them as a developer and publisher, I just don’t think they have one as a non-handheld console maker.

  30. catazxy
    February 27, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    It will probably be more of a flawed Steam (mobile ports and tons of meh indie games), with worse drm and all the nintendo shit. But unless the Switch has massive hardware problems, it will be successful enough for nintendo.

  31. Eighto
    February 27, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Surely Mr. Touchdown will somehow extricate Nintendo’s holy honor from this blemish with his unbiased opinions and explanations.

    I’ll wait for cfw in the meantime.

  32. OldPalpy
    February 27, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Much like your posting.

  33. Guest
    February 27, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    One of the explicit selling points of this thing is that you can play games in any of those ways. If you just put out a bunch of fucking games that don’t use some of the modes, people are going to be pissed. I can see them making a Pokemon for this thing though and locking it to handheld mode or some shit like that. There’ll probably be a bunch of games that are just sold as ‘handheld’ titles. Fuck.

  34. Krimhelm
    February 27, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    This trash indie games were good enough to get a vita port of Deemo will fully animated cutscenes and Japanese voice overs.
    It’s funny coming from you too, considering you’re using a picture of a character that was born from a mobile rhythm game before it ever hit the TV.

  35. EuphoricShadow
    February 27, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I haven’t seen how the game plays but I’m already assuming it’s just lazy port because of this. I fear more of these kind of games are gonna be flooding through at some point.

  36. RichardGristle
    February 27, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    A sticker that says “We shoulda just made a 3DS game”.

  37. SuuLoliBoob
    February 27, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Jesus Christ, why are people so pissed off about an indie dev not making their MOBILE GAME playable in fucking TV mode?

    Complain when games like Zelda, Mario, pokemon, or any other game that was always playable on the TV are only playable on handheld mode only.

  38. Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    February 27, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Basically, it means games made to be played with touch screen controls only won’t be playable on TV mode because devs are lazy. No big deal, no need to make conspiracy theories about it either. Do you really think retail / AAAs won’t be playable in TV mode? Come on, let’s be serious for a change. This will just affect indies / smartphone game ports~.

  39. SuuLoliBoob
    February 27, 2017 at 9:08 pm


  40. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    February 27, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Touchscreen and motion controls aren’t going anywhere.

  41. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    February 27, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    You never played Zero, did you?

  42. Phasmatis75
    February 27, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    There is great speculation that Nintendo will actually stop making their own consoles if the Switch fails (which it looks like it’s going to). Nintendo doesn’t have a backup plan, which is why they’re not dropping support of the 3ds until they know the switch can suck up its market.

    Now it looks like it’s going to be dead within half a year. They’d better hope that launch is flawless or they’re going to be eaten alive.

  43. Phasmatis75
    February 27, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Motion Controls are largely dead, no one uses them. Touchscreens agreed, but I see them becoming more like the PS4s and less like the Switches.

  44. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    February 27, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Both of the games Nintendo highlight at their conference use motion controls. :)

  45. Malcolm_Ecks
    February 27, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    It’s official. NVidia Sheild > Switch

  46. Malcolm_Ecks
    February 27, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    “B-b-b-but it’s a handheld guys.” -said Nintendo apologists

  47. OldPalpy
    February 27, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    And why are you being so sensitive about this? Oh god someone said something mean about fair maiden Nintendo better engage the caps lock!

  48. OldPalpy
    February 27, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Only until it’s a console on par with the Xbone when that’s more convenient to their narrative.

  49. SuuLoliBoob
    February 27, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    I own a ps4, Vita, 3ds and a PC, which may as well double as a Xbone.

    All i’m doing is pointing out how retarded it is screaming about this, of all the other things wrong with the switch, it has to be a mobile garbage game that won’t have a TV mode that gets people riled up and pissed, even though every other games seems to be playable on both modes.

  50. SuuLoliBoob
    February 27, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    “B-b-b-but it can UPSCALE to 4k guys! And it’s not a jet engine!” -Said Sony apologists

    “B-b-b-but it doesn’t need exclusives to make it a good console!” -Said Microsoft apologists

    “B-b-b-but exclusives are a dumb thing!” -Said PC apologists

    Do you like my strawman arguments?

  51. OldPalpy
    February 27, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    And I’m just pointing out you seem awfully riled up about this, why? What’s it matter to you if you know it’s all retarded?

  52. Zombie_Barioth
    February 27, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    When has Nintendo ever forced a control scheme on developers? Are you aware of how many Wii games lazily used waggle controls and DS games only used the other screen as a map?

    Its up to the devs, which is a good idea. Forcing devs to implement features they don’t want to would be a PR disaster.

  53. stobgopper
    February 28, 2017 at 12:18 am

    I think people are most likely amused that the switch is rapidly becoming the new ouya.

  54. stobgopper
    February 28, 2017 at 12:22 am

    It already did.

  55. stobgopper
    February 28, 2017 at 12:24 am

    And they are dead on arrival. Sure, Nintendo will sell enough to stay afloat, then again, this video has 450 milion views, so quality and revenue might not always go hand in hand

  56. stobgopper
    February 28, 2017 at 12:31 am

    the problem is smartphone games being ported to the switch in the first place

  57. OldPalpy
    February 28, 2017 at 12:44 am

    Falling back on being a handheld was built into the Switch by design though so it doesn’t make that a stawman argument.

  58. Shin Megami Tensei
    Shin Megami Tensei
    February 28, 2017 at 1:09 am

    Indie is trash though.

  59. Zero Eternity
    Zero Eternity
    February 28, 2017 at 1:16 am

    Hahahahaha…really? Talk about defeating the whole purpose of the Switch.

  60. James Hewitson
    James Hewitson
    February 28, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Yet more confirmation of what I firmly believe and I don’t care what Nintendo says, the Switch is a glorified Nvidia Shield tablet that they are trying to pass off as a console which it’s not. I just wish Nintendo would stop with the stupid gimmicks and just give us a powerful console with all the first and third party games that people want. I’d buy that in a heartbeat!

  61. Himegami Aisa
    Himegami Aisa
    February 28, 2017 at 2:02 am

    That completely goes against the Nintendo design philosophy of cheap parts + gimmicks (or something like that, I may be paraphrasing).

  62. James Hewitson
    James Hewitson
    February 28, 2017 at 2:04 am

    ikr it’s confusing, at least to me anyway

  63. Himegami Aisa
    Himegami Aisa
    February 28, 2017 at 2:11 am

    No-one gives a fuck about the game. The problem is that if they support this system other devs who make games people might actually want to play might do the same.

  64. SuuLoliBoob
    February 28, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Like what “other devs”? So far, most seem to like the idea of having their game being played on the go or at home on a TV. Do you honestly think an indie dev who made their game for mobile is going to change any devs mind on making a game only for handheld mode?

    And on that note, what would be the reason to only use the handheld mode? Unless it was for a mobile device to begin with, no one is gonna force it to be handheld only, hell, i see more devs using it for TV mode only then handheld mode.

  65. Himegami Aisa
    Himegami Aisa
    February 28, 2017 at 4:46 am

    A game specifically made for the Switch will of course support both— it’s the multi-plats and ports that would potentially be limited. If it’s fine for a port from one system to neglect one mode presumably because they’d need to come up with a different control scheme then who’s to say other ports from other systems won’t follow suit? Is it fine if handheld ports can’t be used docked and console ports can’t be played portably? I really don’t know how many games will pull the same shit, but the point is Nintendo opened the door to it.

  66. Malcolm_Ecks
    February 28, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Can you not take a joke? I got blocked on Twitter for telling a guy the Switch was marketed more as a home console and now the salt mines are still flowing.

    Did you preorder-order and now have to defend that choice?

  67. Malcolm_Ecks
    February 28, 2017 at 7:29 am

    “Flawless launch” No Virtually console and reports of Switch controller issues are really now helping launch.

  68. Rob Simple
    Rob Simple
    February 28, 2017 at 7:43 am

    I said it was forced on the players, not the devs.

    There isn’t a single Wii game that wouldn’t have been improved by just playing with a regular controller, and the admittedly occasionally neat gimmicks the WiiU gamepad could provide in no way justified forcing you to use it in favour of a much better regular controller.

    I shouldn’t have to shell out an extra forty dollarydoos just to play games with a controller that isn’t the size of a tea tray and burns through its battery in three hours.

  69. Rob Simple
    Rob Simple
    February 28, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Didn’t have to. I watched enough footage of it to know it wasn’t worth my time or money.

  70. Rob Simple
    Rob Simple
    February 28, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Are you trying to suggest exclusives aren’t a dumb thing, in this, the year of our Lord 2017?

  71. AR7777
    February 28, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Nintendo has abandoned the home console market because it got repeatedly destroyed by the competition in that field, yes even the successful Wii was a mistake because core gamers abandoned Nintendo and casuals don’t give a fuck about a console that’s not a fad. If you look at non nintendo games on the Wii it’s a disaster.

    Nintendo has disguised this fact by marketing the Switch as a home console and priced it and its accesories as such. It has also made the cases huge to make it look like a proper home console.

    The fact is Switch is a tablet with tablet technology and it has carts the size of a 3DS. Proof of that is the new Zelda running a 900p resolution. PS3 was able to run games at 1080p.

    The switch is clearly not a next gen console, but Nintendo fans spin it by saying “console generations have been blurred”. That concept is wrong because PS4Pro is not getting exclusive games and even if it did get a few it still wouldn’t make sense to call it next gen just like N3DS is not next gen portable.

    The Switch is next gen and that’s not debatable.
    Does it play WiiU or 3DS games? No.
    Can I play Switch games on 3DS or WiiU? NO. Switch is therefore next gen.

    I have to leave now but will edit this post with more thoughts later

  72. Malcolm_Ecks
    February 28, 2017 at 11:37 am

    ” “B-b-b-but exclusives are a dumb thing!” -Said PC apologists”

    PC has the most exclusives but ok then…

  73. Malcolm_Ecks
    February 28, 2017 at 11:39 am

    iOS games can be ported to Steam but other mobile games can’t be bothered to make TV mode a thing for the Switch.

  74. SuperDuperSenpai
    February 28, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Where in my post am I defending them? Console war fags are always claiming the competition is gonna die and it never does. Keep riding that hate train though.

  75. SuperDuperSenpai
    February 28, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    I’ll screencap your post for posterity.

  76. SuperDuperSenpai
    February 28, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    >I didn’t play this game but I know the controls are bad

    Wew lad.

  77. Rob Simple
    Rob Simple
    February 28, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Sorry I wasn’t willing to pay sixty dollarydoos for a game almost everyone but the most ardent Nintoddlers tells me sucks balls.

    Do I also need to play Daikatana or ET for the Atari before concluding that they’re shite?

  78. Rob Simple
    Rob Simple
    February 28, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    >getting this salty over a joke


  79. SuperDuperSenpai
    February 28, 2017 at 1:44 pm


  80. SuperDuperSenpai
    February 28, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    There’s a demo on the eShop. Your next reply won’t surprise me but you can try.

  81. Kiryu
    February 28, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Classic Nintendo,they always find a way to fuck things up.

  82. Rob Simple
    Rob Simple
    February 28, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    No you’re right, you get me: I was really being serious that you’re being paid by Nintendo to post faint praise on the internet on their behalf.

  83. Rob Simple
    Rob Simple
    February 28, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    What, that the WiiU’s laughably bad wifi capabilities are so abysmal I don’t have the pre-requisite fifty years to wait on it to download?

  84. Rob Simple
    Rob Simple
    February 28, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    I don’t know if you noticed, but everyone’s been ripping Nintendo on the other retarded aspects of the Switch, too, such as the pathetically small HDD and lack of built in ethernet port.

    This is just another nail in the coffin.

  85. VidMasterEon
    February 28, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    This thing appears to have been rushed. There seem to be a decent amount of design oversights, cost cutting, and very backwards ideas coupled with a lack of a solid focus for what exactly this thing is supposed to be.

  86. VidMasterEon
    February 28, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Love Live was specifically crafted as a multimedia project spanning drama CD’s, manga and such. The mobile game simply came out before the anime (but likely after some drama cd’s and manga) because the time it takes to develop a mobile game is significantly shorter than producing an anime

  87. VidMasterEon
    February 28, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    some of you will defend Nintendo against anything, won’t you?

    so what happens if a game in a situation like Starfox zero comes along for example with a boneheaded control scheme that only works in tablet mode crippling the game (may I remind you the switch is capped at 40% of its GPU undocked) and forcing you to use a control scheme you would much rather prefer a controller for.

    If you want nintendo to improve, you have to call them out on their bullshit

  88. Zombie_Barioth
    February 28, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    They aren’t forcing the players either. Its their game, they have every right to decide how it should be played, just as you have every right not to buy it because you don’t like how it plays.

    Most Nintendo games that didn’t rely on motion or pointer controls did allow the use of a regular controller, or at the very least to use the Wii-mote NES style.

    As for the attitude towards additional peripherals, do you realize that’s exactly why they’ve built their systems around them? The only way to guarantee support is making it a standard feature, its a catch-22

  89. Rob Simple
    Rob Simple
    March 1, 2017 at 7:23 am

    That’s it, you stand up for the rights of those poor defenceless million-dollar corporations! By only giving the player the option of gamepad/Wiimote when there’s a perfectly good regular controller available, they are forcing it on them. You can suck off Nintendo all you want, but it won’t stop this being true.

    If it made the experience better then I might understand, but almost every single game that used the Wiimote would only have been improved by a regular controller (an option absent on a lot of the otherwise good games, despite what you claim) so it’s just ramming it down the player’s throat to try and justify its own existence.

    So yes, I realise that’s why Nintendo continue to force this bells and whistles garbage on us, and that’s exactly the problem.

  90. Phasmatis75
    March 1, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    I’m just quoting other people. I personally think they’ll take one on crack at it before they just become a publisher and developer selling their games on other platforms. Mobile is becoming big for them as well, so this transformation has already begun.

    Then again the company could go through some restructuring which is code for a purge, and try again. Nintendo is throwing some serious money around for the Switch, but then shoot themselves in the foot with the specs, the tech, their lineup, not mandating the use of both screens, and their new online policy.

    You want my full guess. In about half a year to a year they’ll drop the paid online or vastly improve it. There will be a price drop of $50. In a year or two there will be a New Switch or whatever they’re going to call it with better processing power, a decent battery life, and improvements based on consumer demand.

    That will probably be the deciding moment for the Switch.

  91. Phasmatis75
    March 1, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    No console has a flawless launch, but Nintendo is doing even worse than most.

  92. Phasmatis75
    March 1, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Yeah Sony showed off some too and everyone hated them as well. Microsoft pushed the Kinect and look where that went.

  93. le master trole
    le master trole
    March 3, 2017 at 3:51 am

    I did and it’s an abomination.