Nintendo’s next set of announcements will be ‘worth the wait’ promises Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima.
In a recent Q&A for the investor call the company held, Kimishima teased a few details about the company’s next reveal – which seems set to revolve mostly around the Nintendo Switch’s paid-for online service.
“We view the online service as one component of our efforts to diversity how our games are played and to get people to play more of our games,” explained Kimishima.
“That is why we want to apply substantial resources to the online service, with the thinking that we will devote our energies to making this a for-pay service.”
Kimishima goes on to explain that the service might not immediately be recongisable to gamers that have primarily used Xbox Live or PSN – that Nintendo (as always) is aiming to do something a bit different.
“It is less about the mechanism and more a question of what kinds of products we can offer, and the spread of the service will depend on whether consumers want what we offer. Please give us a bit more time to announce more details about the service. I think that announcement will convey to you how we plan to popularise the service.
“We have some ideas about how to make Nintendo Switch Online appealing when it becomes a for-pay service, so I think our next announcement will be worth the wait.”
With the company discussing the service in this way, we expect that we could see an announcement soon – and because of the nature of an online service, we’ll likely hear more news about Pokemon Switch and potentially Animal Crossing Switch with the reveal, too.
This news comes after Nintendo’s hybrid handheld and home console has been hacked.
The ability to hack the machine was announced at a hackers conference in Germany, where attendees showed how they could infiltrate the system by taking advantage of the Nvidia Tegra chip that sits at the heart of the device.
By accessing and taking advantage of the chip, hackers can spoof development-level access, allowing permissions on the machine not usually available to the general public.
A video was originally published, explaining how you can take advantage of the discovery, but it has since been removed.
If you wanted to hack the Switch, you’d have to make sure it wasn’t updated past version 3.0 – which means you’d be keeping your machine offline to avoid any updates.
The physical copy of Pokken Tournament DX comes with the 3.0 firmware on the cart, meaning that if the hackers ever released the ‘homebrew’ launcher (which would allow you to play hacked games), the average consumer would be able to access i
There isn’t a specific timeline for when we can expect homemade games to arrive on the portable console, but Engadget has reported hacker Plutoo promising homebrew will be here “soon.”
It should be noted that hacking will void any warranty on your system, and has been known to lock users out of playing games released by the company later on previous systems.
Hosting and sharing pirated files is also illegal, and damaging to the developers and publishers of games, too.
‘Homebrew’ software isn’t necessarily malicious, but it’s usually the first step in pirating software and getting consoles to run outside of their intended parameters.
It’s unfortunate that Nintendo has suffered a breach to the Switch this early in the console’s lifespan: the publisher and hardware giant has seen previous consoles (most notably the DS) suffer thanks to piracy, with the infamous R4 card affecting sales.