Developers talk about how it’s like to develop for Switch

Yacht Club:

  • Much easier than Wii U or 3DS
  • Doing everything right under the hood (easy to use SDK)
  • Even at launch it was surprisingly good when that’s usually not the case
  • PS4 is the easiest to develop for, Xbox is the least
  • Approval process has made huge strides but is still behind Apple


  • Likes the multiplayer and portability aspect
  • Porting over saves and player IDs were more straightforward than other systems
  • Confesses to messing up the port
  • UI and some effects like the fire were the cause

Nippon Ichi:

  • Were nervous about how little time they had to port Disgaea; turned out to be overthinking and it was fine
  • Were confused about buttons since they developed for PlayStation exclusively for awhile
  • Game looks better in handheld mode than it does on PS4
  • Teases another port coming to Switch

Panic Button:

  • Dev behind Doom, Wolfenstein, and Rocket League on Switch
  • Far better development tools than previous generations
  • Tools are integrated too Visual Studio which makes things easier
  • Early in the system’s life cycle the SDK has seen large improvements constantly
  • Vast familiarity with Switch
  • Really like the hardware

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Switch surpasses 2M units sold in the US; 2/3rds of hardware sold in Sept were Nintendo 

Congrats, Nintendo! Hope they can keep it up
From NPD group –

In September, the Nintendo Switch system was once again the top-selling current-generation console hardware, according to the NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States. This marks the third straight month that Nintendo Switch has been No. 1, and the fifth time overall in the seven months since its launch. Nintendo Switch has already surpassed 2 million units sold in the U.S. alone, and has yet to go through its first holiday shopping season.
When combined with the Nintendo 3DS family of systems and the plug-and-play Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system, Nintendo systems claimed two-thirds of the month’s total video game hardware sales.
Nintendo Switch games again occupied multiple spots in the list of best-selling individual games of the month, including Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle from Ubisoft at No. 7, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at No. 10 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at No. 11. Also, the Metroid: Samus Returns game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems debuted at No. 8.
Nintendo Switch aims to continue its momentum into the holidays, with the launches of Fire Emblem Warriors on Oct. 20, Super Mario Odyssey on Oct. 27, DOOM and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim from Bethesda Game Studios on Nov. 10 and Nov. 17, respectively, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on Dec. 1. Additionally, Nintendo 3DS will see the arrival of Fire Emblem Warriors on Oct. 20, Mario Party: The Top 100 on Nov. 10, and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon on Nov. 17.