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Capcom implied during an investor Q&A recently that they will not be porting games coming to/already on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to the Nintendo Switch.

Here’s what a Capcom spokesperson had to say when asked whether it is possible to develop multiplatform titles on the Nintendo Switch, taken from a Q&A summary released by Capcom:

We are currently carrying out research with regards to multiplatform implementation of software for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on to the Nintendo Switch and thus are unable to comment at this moment. However, we do feel that there are differences in the desired direction and the play-style of the Nintendo Switch and those of the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. At Capcom, we determine which platform to release a title for after considering the features of both our software and the hardware in question, believing we must bring the enjoyment of our games to their maximum potential.

The biggest takeaway from this statement seems to be Capcom saying that they feel that the playstyle of the Nintendo Switch will be different compared to that of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. They did not, however, explain why it is that they feel that way about the Switch.

When the Nintendo Switch was first revealed, Reggie Fils-Aime, the President of Nintendo of America, released a statement that seems to contradict much of what Capcom stated in their Q&A:

Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like. It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.

So the question remains: Where does Capcom stand with developing games for the Switch? Well, after the Switch was announced, Nintendo released a list of third-party partners working on bringing games to the Switch, and Capcom was on that list. Therefore, it’s safe to say that games will be coming to the Switch from Capcom, it’s just unclear as to which ones.

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Capcom has been supporting Nintendo hardware consistently for a while now, and there is no indication that franchises like Monster Hunter won’t remain exclusive to Nintendo hardware. It’ll be more intriguing to see whether Capcom will bring mulitplatform games to the Switch after all, or whether they will port games already on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to the Switch.

Recent statements seem to imply the opposite, however:

It is excellent to have the market invigorated with new hardware launches. As a software publisher, we endeavor to develop games that offer enjoyment best suited to each piece of hardware’s features and target users. Following first party, in order to introduce our own content we are currently moving forward with internal planning and analysis as a partner company

More details regarding the Nintendo Switch will be revealed by Nintendo on January 12th, 2017.


Matthew Arrojas

Staff Writer

Just because I write about video games doesn't mean I'm very good at them. Unless it's Smash Bros. I'll wreck you in Smash Bros. I am also currently obsessed with Overwatch, so I'll wreck you in that too with Mercy.



  • AD1980

    Where did I leave my shocked face…

  • jaygerbomb

    So, pretty much confirming the Switch is going to be a 3DS successor that can pretend to be a home console, rather than a home console than can also be mobile.

  • Bryan Jiménez

    If the Switch only gets Monster Hunter and Phoenix Wright I’ll be happy. I wouldn’t care for the 100th re-release of Resident Evil 4

  • We all knew the Switch would have little third party support.

  • RHELSAGE

    Translation: “FRIEND CODES ARE BACK BITCHES!”
    Translation: “Nintendo + Crapcom = Shovelware.”

  • Matthew Arrojas

    Well, it could just be that Capcom is simply underestimating the Switch’s potential. Hopefully the Switch CAN be a home console with mobile capabilities, but Capcom just hasn’t realized that yet. Hopefully…

  • garf02

    It might be 3rd party playing shy about Switch promises. but to be fair, Nintendo alone can make the release window worthy (to be fair, letting release window to 3rd party is what killed WiiU early Drive)
    Smash port
    MK8 port
    Splatoon Port
    BotW port

    if nintendo can get a good early 3 months on Switch, 3rd party might see it as a viable investment

  • AD1980

    The problem, as I see it, is that it simply will not have the power of the competing systems. Consequently it will not get the games of the competing systems. Seems difficult to imagine much actual 3rd party support. So Capcom can develop a game that they can sell on PC, Xbox, PS4… Or they can develop it for the Switch. It will be a system for Nintendo IP, and any 3rd party games will be a pleasant surprise. I’m sure that’s fine for many people, I just think it would be a mistake to believe otherwise

  • jaygerbomb

    I doubt it. Dev kits have to have been out a while now. Pretty sure partners, at least the ones highlighted by Nintendo know what it can/can’t do.

  • AWOOOO

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this thing flops like the wii u