In a slew of reports immediately after the Nintendo Switch reveal, Nintendo has confirmed in separate interviews about the Switch Dock and its upcoming games.
If you’re looking for a dual-screen gaming experience like in the Wii U or the 3DS, it won’t be possible with the Switch. A Nintendo representative has confirmed that there will be no dual-screen feature using the Switch Console and your TV. “Nintendo Switch is dedicated to deliver a single-screen experience, on whatever screen you might choose,” Nintendo officials told Polygon.
Nintendo has also confirmed that the Switch’s guts (processor, GPU, RAM) are all housed inside the Switch Console. The Switch Dock merely acts as a charging platform and as an output to the TV via HDMI. Games are also installed and launched via the tablet, which debunks our initial speculation about a possible hard drive in the dock itself.
The more pressing question was about Switch’s compatibility with current Nintendo consoles. Nintendo has confirmed that the Switch will not be backwards compatible with any Wii, Wii U, or Nintendo 3DS/DS games. This is also evidenced by the Switch’s use of an SD card-sized game card (almost similar to the PS Vita?). However, it is still unclear if Switch can play games downloaded from the Nintendo eShop. Nintendo also has no plans of phasing out the Nintendo 3DS upon the release of the Switch.
In addition to the compatibility issue, Famitsu has also confirmed to Nintendo that the base console bundle will include the Joy-con L and R sides, but was mum about the Switch Pro or the Joy-con Grip.
Nintendo has declined to comment further regarding hardware and launch titles, stressing that said details won’t come until early next year.