It looks like Nintendo could be seeing support from even more publishers in the not too distant future.
It appears that THQ Nordic looks set to support the Nintendo Switch even more than it already is in the coming weeks and months.
According to a new Amazon listing, it appears that we could be seeing the likes of Darksiders III and BioMutant come to the hybrid platform.
This comes after Twitter user PixelPar posted an image taken from Amazon, showing Darksiders III and BioMutant listed with their various listing numbers on Amazon.
The image shows the PC, PS4 and Xbox One games listed for each title, and both have something interesting in common: there’s a single missing listing number on each title, between PS4 and Xbox One listings.
The images shows other THQ Nordic examples that follow the same process, with their listing numbers attributed to Switch titles.
We’re interested to see if these will get a formal announcement soon… either way, it’s nice to see more and more publishers supporting the fledgeling console.
This comes after earlier this week where Nintendo pushed out a new system software update for the Nintendo Switch.
The new update brings the hybrid handheld/home console up to version 5.0.2 – the second update since the big 5.0 drop that happened earlier in the year.
This time, Nintendo hasn’t introduced too many changes – it’s a simple stability/bug-fixing effort (see the patch notes below for more information).
This update is potentially a disappointment to some fans that may have been expecting something more interesting: many players are holding out for the addition of Themes to the console, allowing them to customise their home screen further.
Other players are expecting cloud storage to be added to the Switch at some point, too.
For now, Nintendo has been fairly quiet and when (and if!) these features will be added.
The full patch notes for Nintendo Switch version 5.0.2 can be found below:
- General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience, including:
- Resolved an issue that caused motion controls to respond incorrectly when playing games that use the feature
- Resolved an issue that caused user icons for recommended friends to not display correctly
This update comes after last week where Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi was at the BAFTA Games Awards 2018 to represent Nintendo and their titles.
Whilst at the event, Takahashi conducted an interview with the BBC.
The usually tight-lipped company let something interesting slip there – directly related to the future of Nintendo hardware.
“Nintendo constantly works on hardware, so we have been doing research and development,” Takahashi explained. “So you may see the new system sometime in the future.”
We’ve put the above in bold for emphasis. It looks like Nintendo is already hard at work on new Switch updates – but what form could they take?
There are a series of options.
First of all, we could see the developer/publisher follow the route of the 3DS and release an XL version of the console – something we’ve seen them do with the 3DS before.
Secondly, we could see them go the other route and potentially release a Nintendo Switch Mini: a more dedicated handheld unit than the hybrid Switch in its vanilla form.
We could also just see a revised version of the Switch go on offer – one that doesn’t have some of the issues the current console is known to have (there’s a hackable exploit related to the console’s GPU that could be removed, for example).
Whatever the future, we’re keen to see it.
It’s also worth noting that Nintendo usually plays its cards very close to its chest, so the very fact the company is willing to talk about this means we could see an announcement soon… perhaps at this year’s E3? We hope so.
You can read more about Nintendo’s potential new Switch models here.