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We already knew the Switch would be compatible with popular game engine Unreal Engine since Epic Games told us themselves. Now Nintendo executives are claiming they have “mastered” the engine, reinforcing their support for third-party games on the upcoming hybrid console. (via VentureBeat)
While addressing investors, creative director and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto said the Switch will support game engines like Unreal and Unity instead of relying solely on Nintendo’s own development tools.
An anonymous investor pointed out the Wii U’s lack of third-party support and asked about Nintendo’s progress with Switch game development. Miyamoto was positive in response and assured investors the Switch was built for easier development. He also explained PC games could be ported to the Switch quickly due to its custom Nvidia graphics technology.
“That ease of software development has also been felt by Nintendoʼs internal developers,” said Miyamoto. “Also, even though game software developers in the U.S. and E.U. are often said to have superior skills to their Japanese counterparts when it comes to software development techniques, Nintendoʼs software developers have mastered state-of-the-art technologies such as Unreal Engine, and their skills can now be compared with those of Western developers. Our developers are more excited than ever to create software.”