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A New Handheld War Begins

Switch vs. Smach

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While Nintendo showed a total of six games running on the Switch (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Remastered, NBA 2K17, Splatoon, a new 3D Mario, and a new Mario Kart), only Zelda has been confirmed. However, Nintendo's other games appearing are a very safe bet. Skyrim and NBA, on the other hand, are more of a question mark as neither Bethesda nor 2K confirmed these titles are coming to the platform.

Third party games which have been confirmed for the Switch includes Dragon Quest XI, Just Dance 2017, and an untitled 3D Sonic game. Nintendo also presented a list of developers expressing interest in creating Switch games including Bethesda, 2K Games, and EA, developers whose games are not common on Nintendo platforms. However, it remains to be seen if the Switch can run multi-platform titles from the PS4 and Xbox One or if its support from certain developers will be limited to remasters. However, many 3DS developers like Atlus, Sega, and Capcom could continue similar support with the Switch.

The Smach Z meanwhile is offering digital versions of whatever PC titles the hardware can handle, including games as demanding as Overwatch. While Steam is the focus of the Smach, however, it will not be the only option as services such as Good Old Games and Origin will also be available to install. The system will have many options for emulators in addition to this, offering a very diverse lineup. While there will not be any exclusive Smach Z titles, the sheer size of the library cannot be denied.

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