Expect Third-Party Nintendo Switch Ports Quicker From Next Year

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Nintendo Switch has received welcome third-party support, but, in some cases, games have arrived on the portable home console later than their counterparts.

Fortnite Battle Royale leapt off the battle bus last week, some nine months after it was released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, which let players gun down the Nazi regime last October, will release for Nintendo Switch later this month, and Dragon Ball FighterZ, which will arrive later than other consoles.

Nintendo of America president and chief operating officer Reggie Fils-Aime has reasoned that this is because Nintendo Switch is in its infancy, and developers need time to familiarise themselves with the hardware.

“We’re talking today about a platform that is 16 months old,” Fils-Aime explained to The Verge. “The development cycle today is multiple years. So I would argue that beginning at the end of this year, or next year, that gap will have closed. Because key developers have had the development systems, they’ll have been working to create content for our platform from the beginning. That’s what is going to close that time gap.”

Panic Button has shared this week that they expect a major Nintendo Switch port that they have been working on will be revealed next month.

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

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