While many questions still linger about the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo has answered at least one of them. The Switch, the company says, is a single-screen experience.
“Nintendo Switch is dedicated to deliver a single screen experience on whatever screen you might choose,” Nintendo told Polygon.
Nintendo has been synonymous with dual-screen gaming for over a decade
Dual screens have been Nintendo’s bread and butter since the Nintendo DS launched 12 years ago, and the Wii U doubled down on that by making it a core feature of the system. Games could be played on your television, on the Gamepad’s screen, or both, and when both were engaged the Gamepad would offer a different experience, showing maps, inventory, or other game information like we see on the DS and 3DS.
That’s going away with the Switch, however. The change may make it more difficult to port games from the Wii U or to support the Nintendo DS on Virtual Console.
There’s plenty we still don’t know about the system. How’s the battery life? Does it support touch? How powerful is it? That’s just the beginning of the list.
Nintendo Switch is set to release in March 2017, and some of these questions are sure to be answered between now and then.