Update: Bloomberg has now published the full transcript of its conversation with Tatsumi Kimishima, revealing a little more on Nintendo’s plans for expanding the accessories line-up around Nintendo Switch.
While Kimishima never formally explains whether by “accessories” he means add-ons to the base Switch unit, in the vein of different Joy-Con style controllers, he does say that different software will allow users to play in different ways:
“[In the trailer], we have shown you various scenarios [and] depending on the software, it will also allow you to do things beyond that.”
Some have speculated whether different Joy-Con variants will be released to cope with the demands of different kinds of game – Kimishima’s answer may bolster that idea.
The Nintendo president also implies that software and add-ons that deviate from the core unit we’ve been shown already will be revealed in the Nintendo Direct scheduled for early next year:
“In terms of the various ways you can play, you will have to see it together with the software and accessories that we’ll have, which we will reveal in January.”
Finally, Kimishima also discusses whether other companies could make hardware to tie into the core Switch unit:
“If you asked me if it’s possible, in terms of if we’re getting ready, the best takeaway for now is that no, this is not happening at this moment.”
Original story: For a week, Nintendo’s been making clear that we won’t hear any new information about the new Switch console until next year – January 12, to be precise – but that hasn’t stopped its president dropping hints.
Speaking to Bloomberg, Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that while “what you see in the video […] is the core product,” the Switch platform shown in last week’s reveal trailer does not necessarily represent the full extent of products available.
“It may be appropriate to call them accessories,” he explained. “Or it might be better to call them add-on hardware. It’s probably more correct to call them accessories. You can assume that there will be a wider array.”
Predictably, no more information was given, but many – spurred on by Nintendo patents showing modular controllers and unannounced features – have suspected that the console’s detachable Joy-Con controllers could be swapped out for other controller types.
Kimishima also reiterated the company’s stated interest in VR, although stopped well short of saying that the Switch would support it:
“We are interested in VR […] VR offers new ways of playing, but that depends on what kind of software can be played. If you ask us whether there are any possibilities, we can’t say no. It may be that we will build VR software titles, I think that opportunity is available to us.”