Kotaku sent a bunch of questions to Nintendo about its upcoming new console, Switch, and received some answers back. Many questions were answered with “We have noting to announce at this time”, but some were answered and a few new pieces of information were learned.
When asked whether or not the online stores (eShop) would be region-free (as the cartridges are), Nintendo replied:
The Nintendo Switch system is not region locked, but we recommend that players buy games within their region to ensure full service and support. The user will access the Nintendo eShop that corresponds to the country identified in their Nintendo Account. (Up to eight user accounts can be created on a single Nintendo Switch system.)
Eight users per Switch seems pretty reasonable. I wonder if each user can have a different Nintendo Account? If so, to download import games from a different country might be as easy as creating a second user and register that user in a different country. Somehow I doubt it will be that simple, but it would be great if so!
Nintendo reiterated that the Switch will not be backward compatible with any other systems, but I was surprised to read that they are considering an update to the system to allow for the use of other controllers. Could this mean that Wii Remotes or possibly the Wii U Pro Controller might be compatible with some games in the future?
It appears Nintendo is leaving itself open for future updates to many of its services. We already knew that the Capture Button will take screenshots of your games and that video will be coming in a later update. Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu might very well be included in future updates as well.
For more questions and answers, be sure to check out Kotaku’s full interview. Many questions asked don’t have answers yet, but remember Nintendo has promised to give more details before the March 3, 2017 launch.