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5 Game Development Tips for the Nintendo Switch

5 Game Development Tips for the Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo switch has taken the gaming world by storm and not just mainstream gaming Indies are finding a switch a
place to call home as well. The switch is only eight months old and games like
Death Squared, Wonder Boy, and Oceanhorn have all done better in Switch sales
than all of their other console sales combined. So how do you get your title on
Switch? We are Ask Gamedev and here are five tips on how
to develop Indie games for the Nintendo Switch Tip number one: register for an account
on a nintendo’s developer portal it all starts with registering as a Nintendo
developer. Nintendo is going to want to know who you are and what you plan to
make for their platform you can register at Tip number two: have a game that is suited for the Switch Nintendo was stated that
they’re being very selective about who they’re letting into the development
environment and through their portal for Switch games It’s hard to speak to what
they’re looking for but they have said that Switch titles are console
experiences that you take on the go and that Switch titles really emphasize the
fun of multiplayer experiences, the fun of playing games with other people. You
can also check out and play games that have been a part of the Nindie showcase
to get a better feel for what type of games make an Nindie Tip number three:
plan your budget registration to the developer portal is free and so the software tools needed to develop. You’ll need to budget for development
hardware though, according to recent reports development kit hardware for
the Switch can start at roughly $500 Tip number four: pick a switch friendly
engine. You can develop a custom engine but the switch also supports
off-the-shelf engines like Unity and Unreal. learning an off-the-shelf engine
may help you save development time. Tip number five: make time for certification, because Nintendo consoles are so unique certification or cert may take longer
when compared to developing on mobile or PC with the Joy-Con alone one can
imagine a number of scenarios to be accounted for like what happens when a
Joy-Con is removed the mid-game? In summary one: register for developer
account. Two: have a game perfect for Switch . Three: plan your budget. Four: Use a Switch friendly engine. Five: Make time for certification. there’s so many amazing Indie titles on Switch and hopefully you’re working on
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32 comments on “5 Game Development Tips for the Nintendo Switch

  1. Hi everyone – please let us know in the comments if you have any questions on Switch Development, or suggestions for future Askgamedev videos! Thanks for watching!

  2. How to Think Like an Indie Game Developer and what is the limit like the game time like and indie game never will be an 40 hour like 6 hour

  3. Hey guys – I've got a somewhat more specific question:
    Have you heard of any plans on nintendo's part to offer browser-based games a platform?
    Or maybe to compile gtkWebkit for the switch's architecture and deliver a browser-based game wrapped in that?
    It's a bit of a strange question I know, but a lot of new developers have their roots in web development, so it'd be a nice entry point 🙂

  4. Does construct 2 html5 games also work as an engine besides unity and unreal to publish on the switch??

  5. Question: can I make the game BEFORE I register on Nintendo’s Dev Portal, or do I have to register first before building a game? I’m wondering because I might build the game first before releasing it on the Switch so I don’t need to make any unnecessary investments.

  6. Hello Ask Gamedev, if I wanted Nintendo to port EA's SKATE series onto the switch, maybe as like a 3 pack or something, which I would gladly pay like $60 for, how would i go about that?

  7. Is there any way to have public beta tests for a game built on a Dev kit for the Switch, to be tested on for consumer versions?

  8. One day, I will make a game for the switch. I have a lot of ideas for games but I just dont have people to work with, I better find some. Oh well, imagine my games being popular lol, that wont happen

  9. For anyone wondering why there is no Switch sub-tab on Nintendo's Developer Portal, it's because Nintendo wants to know who you are and what you want to bring to the Switch. Follow their instructions on how to send them an email. They are very friendly people.

  10. Can I also create a game for free? Why should I spend so much money at all, can not I just drag the application directly to the switch?

  11. Where can I buy the development hardware kit for the Nintendo Switch. I registered as a Nintendo Developer but it does not give me the option to develop on the Nintendo Switch?

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