Some Nintendo Switch Games Won't Support TV Mode

Some mobile games being ported are likely to use the handheld and touch controls only.

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While the Nintendo Switch will have three modes at launch later this week, at least one launch title is omitting support for TV mode. It's a move that other titles could follow.

Voez is a free iOS/Android rhythm game released last year, and developer Rayark just announced the game would be a launch title in Japan for the Switch. A document containing some frequently asked questions on the game's Switch support (via NeoGAF) reveals that TV Mode is not an option. "This software can not play in TV mode. Touch the touch screen in mobile mode to play the game. Button operation is not available."

The actual announcement of a touch-screen only game is surprising, but really should not be unexpected. The Switch is running on an Nvidia Tegra X1 chip, which runs many Android devices. So any game that runs on Android could conceivably be an easy port to the Switch's touchscreen-only mobile mode.

The Switch is launching on March 3, and Voez will be available through the eShop.

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    February 27, 2017 12:45 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Some Nintendo Switch Games Won't Support TV Mode

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      February 27, 2017 1:26 PM

      what the fuck

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        February 27, 2017 2:06 PM

        ^ Mods please inf

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        February 27, 2017 2:27 PM

        do you really want to play clash of clans on the tv

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          February 27, 2017 2:30 PM

          Nintendo has spent millions of dollars in marketing explaining it's system as a modular, versatile console - pause your game at home, pick it up on the train. It's more the principle of the thing - Would've thought this would never pass Nintendo QC.

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      February 27, 2017 1:28 PM

      i got worried until i realized it comes with a screen!

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      February 27, 2017 1:30 PM

      This just makes me sad there's no way to have a Wii U gamepad type of input for when you're playing on the TV. This seemed inevitable though given that it has a touch screen, as the article states. I'd also assume there will be some games which have certain elements that can only be done when undocked (Mario Maker?).

      I wonder if they could update it so that you could at least display the Switch on the TV while using the touch screen by using a long cable or something. Lame but better than nothing?

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        February 27, 2017 1:56 PM

        I expect multi-switch capabilities for games like this and/or an improved dock that can send a screen to your phone/tablet wirelessly and/or a separate screen add-on down the line.

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      February 27, 2017 1:31 PM

      And it begins. But 3DS isn't being replaced right??? Lol.

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      February 27, 2017 1:33 PM

      Subtitle: Some mobile games being ported are likely to use the handheld and touch controls only.

      And nothing of value was lost.

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      February 27, 2017 1:33 PM

      I dislike this. There's no shortage of tablets on the market to play tablet games and almost all of them have better screens to play on than the switch 720p display. Having a bunch of screen only touch games for cheap mobile ports is... Yuck

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        February 27, 2017 2:26 PM

        I have no interest in touch screen games on switch, but if the availability of those games helps the system build a bigger install base, and if that bigger install base attracts more developers, then that's cool for when I eventually get a Switch.

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        February 28, 2017 4:47 AM

        Have you seen the Nintendo catalog of rhythm games or touch games in general, tablet and phone gaming in general is garbage in comparison. It also makes sense to have the option for games that are lower fidelity and look like crap blown up on the big screen. This is especially relevant because Nintendo has a vast vc catalog and games that were on the ds didn't look great on a 3ds xl an dyou could see that especially well on Sony TV that had the vita/psp catalog available.

        I assume there is some kind of reasoning behind it and I have no issue with a game supporting one mode only if they have a good reason for it.

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          February 28, 2017 5:15 AM

          The screen is 720p. Even if the switch didn't output 1080p to the tv, it would still look fine, so that's a ridiculous argument

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            February 28, 2017 5:33 AM

            720p upscaled to 1080p doesn't look great (as does the majority of console bullshit with muddy dynamic resolution changes etc) but that was not my point if that's what you are latching on to. I said that for ports of older games like the older catalog that do not look great even at a slightly bigger display TV functionality isn't necessarily the best and for certain games developers probably have a reason why they decide to do whatever they went with. What is ridiculous is the reflexive/knee-jerk reaction and butthurt of the usual suspects. It's a no win for nintendo, if they insist on it people will go apeshit about them suffocating developers and if they don't people will complain about lack of qa or the principle and core design feature support.

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              February 28, 2017 6:41 AM

              99% of people can't tell when 720p is scaled up to 1080p. That's like literally half of television, and a substantial percent of current gen gaming. Static images (like. A computer desktop) get wrecked pretty bad, but for moving images (like actual gameplay or everything on tv), it doesn't really matter all that much.

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        February 28, 2017 5:14 AM

        I agree, this is stupid and will only lead to a bunch of shitty mobile games

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      February 27, 2017 2:07 PM

      I really don't know why people are upset about this. Just don't buy the game if you don't like it?

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        February 27, 2017 2:09 PM

        Also side note, this confirms they are okay with Mario Maker being tablet only for building mode.

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          February 27, 2017 2:10 PM

          It's the only way I can think that it would work. If not they're doing motion control pointer on the screen which would suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

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          February 27, 2017 2:25 PM

          Now there's a silver lining!

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          February 27, 2017 5:05 PM

          True... Super Mario Maker 2 (with Phanto and angry sun and slopes) confirmed!

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          February 28, 2017 5:17 AM

          Thats depressing.

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        February 28, 2017 5:32 AM

        Seriously, I thought a lot of people wanted this option?

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          February 28, 2017 5:41 AM

          This isn't the kind of 3rd party support we were looking for

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            February 28, 2017 6:10 AM

            Then don't buy them? This isn't somehow taking up resources that would otherwise be utilized for other 3rd party support.

            There are plenty of people that will primarily play Switch in tablet mode, and games such as this would be appealing. I don't see how more more games is somehow viewed as a negative.

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              February 28, 2017 6:20 AM

              You asked why people think this is a bad thing and I answered. No one said they are going to buy it

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                February 28, 2017 6:24 AM

                You didn't explain why it was a bad thing though.

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                  February 28, 2017 6:27 AM

                  Allowing shitty mobile ports on a console is inherently a bad thing (at least in my opinion)

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                    February 28, 2017 6:50 AM

                    Have you read any impressions that it's a shitty port? The game is rated 4.5/5 stars on both iTunes and Google Play, so apparently it's a fun game that people would like to play but since you don't think that's a good idea (without being able to explain why) they should just scrap it?

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                      February 28, 2017 7:08 AM

                      Sorry, I meant in general. But to your point, I'm not interested in playing mobile games (as in, games I can play on my phone already) on the switch. I have a phone for that.

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                        February 28, 2017 7:11 AM

                        To further this thought - I'm much more interested in switch exclusive games. I don't want the switch to become a dumping ground for mobile ports, that just waters down the catalog with bullshit, and makes the quality games that much harder to find. (See Steam)

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                          February 28, 2017 7:18 AM

                          The thought of it watering down the catalog by adding more games is humorous to me. I've never heard anyone say that regarding steam.

                          I personally don't have any interest in mobile games on Switch, but might consider it for my son for travel.

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                            February 28, 2017 7:20 AM

                            You've never heard people complain about how many terrible games are added to steam every day, and how much harder it's made it to find the good ones? Seriously?

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                              February 28, 2017 7:38 AM

                              No? Least if I did not enough to warrant it being a potential widespread problem. I've never been on Steam and thought ahh too many games how do I find the one I want!? I don't know, just seems silly.

                              Regardless, they still have to be approved by Nintendo to end up on the eShop so the slippery slope argument doesn't really hold up.

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      February 27, 2017 2:07 PM

      What they need is a separate tablet controller!

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        February 28, 2017 4:28 AM

        totally! let's invent the wii U! this will be a hit! .. oh wait.

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      February 27, 2017 2:17 PM

      the Nintendo Vita

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      February 27, 2017 2:25 PM

      Button operation is not available. LOLLLLL well that's an easy way to port a title

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      February 27, 2017 5:03 PM

      Makes sense if it's touch screen only.

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      February 28, 2017 4:33 AM

      Well yeah, it's Nintendo.

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      February 28, 2017 5:10 AM

      I'd be happier to see "Nintendo bans shitty lazy tablet game ports"

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      February 28, 2017 6:07 AM

      hah, welcome to the tip of the iceberg

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      February 28, 2017 7:50 AM

      I won't be buying games that dont work both ways. That'll solve that problem