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Image & Form discuss their work on Switch, ease of use, power & more

The following info comes from the Image & Form video interview that we shared eariler today.

- Nintendo actually approached Image & Form to ask if they wanted to develop games on Switch, and then gave them a devkit.
- the NDA was very tight and Image & Form "absolutely couldn't talk about it"
- they have a special room where devs allowed to work on the kit can access it
- they are working on a project they don't want to talk about
- this is because they feel like they announced Steamworld Heist too early
- the team doesn't feel like making sequels and would rather work on something new each time
- Image & Form's CEO was worried about how Nintendo would sell the Switch concept in the reveal trailer
- he ended up relieved as he really liked the video
- the Switch was mentioned as a straightforward platform to develop for, opposed problems they had on Wii U with Unity
- right now the most exciting thing about the Switch is how "they haven't really mentioned everything"
- the weaker power of the 3DS meant Image & Form had to develop for that platform first and then scale up for others
- the dev team is relieved Switch is a more powerful platform

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"- the weaker power of the 3DS meant Image & Form had to develop for that platform first and then scale up for others"

This line is interesting to me because it's true. It's easier to sca up than it is to scale down. And yet look at the recent announced Wii U games that got 3DS ports announced. Yoshi's Woolly World and Super Mario Maker. Wii U is starved of games. Nintendo could have easily ported a few 3DS games onto Wii U to fight off our starvation but they didn't. We need games too you know? Instead, they undertook the more difficult task of squeezing them onto the 3DS.

ddark
Tue Nov 15 16 09:20pm
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I think that's because they see the 3DS as still viable for a little while going forward (especially with Sun and Moon launching.) They also have a much larger global install base for 3DS than Wii U so launching games on it usually pays off.

Don't get me wrong, I understand what you are saying wholeheartedly, but I think from a business perspective, there is more upside to releasing games on 3DS versus Wii U.

ddark
Tue Nov 15 16 09:22pm
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Image & Form said:

right now the most exciting thing about the Switch is how "they haven't really mentioned everything

Even more talk about unannounced aspects. Now I'm getting even more hyped!

What could there possibly be left to mention though? Just the multi-touch screen? That's not really new.

I'm not getting my hopes up about extra processing or anything, which seems unlikely at this point.

entity
Wed Nov 16 16 12:49am
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Seems like there is one little something that is steictly under NDA at rhe moment, whatever that is.

Must be thw rumours of those interactive holograms :

(Or it actually doea fetch me beer)

the opponent
Tue Nov 15 16 11:22pm
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I wish Nintendo would approach me to sign an NDA.

The U was supposed to easy to develope for too, but that turned to be only half true. Sure hope it's a better platform now, and especially easy to port to.

And there is obviously more to the switch than they showed on the teaser. Whstever it is, Ninty sure loves to hype us up, eh) ;)

I'm calling it now, the Switch screen can stream whatever is going on on your TV, not just Switch games and software.

What haven't they shown off yet?!

Glad the Switch will be easy to develop for.

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