Nintendo Switch: Koizumi on jack port when docked, video output, GameCube Virtual Console, more
The Nintendo Switch comes out in less than three weeks, but there’s still many things we don’t know about. Nintendo has already confirmed more details would be shared before launch, but some of them will most likely not be mentioned anywhere (except the manual, or previews/reviews from news outlets), due to them only being of use for a limited subset of users.
That’s the case of users who want to use the jack port of the main unit even while playing in docked mode (because their current TV/Monitor setup doesn’t allow them to use wired a headset, for example). In an interview with Melty (a French outlet), Yoshiaki Koizumi confirmed that users will be able to plug-in their headphone/headset to the jack port of the main unit even when docked.
That way, they will be able to get audio output via the jack port even when playing on the TV. Naturally, users will also be able to use a compatible Bluetooth headset/headphones.
In that same interview, Yoshiaki Koizumi confirmed that the only way to output video on a TV (or any other monitor) would be via the dock. It will not be possible to use the USB-C port, with a USB to HDMI adapter for example. In other words, if you want to use your Nintendo Switch on two different TVs / monitors, you will have no other choice but to buy a second dock (or move around the one that comes with the console).
But that’s not all Yoshiaki Koizumi had to say about the Nintendo Switch. He also shared a few words about the possible addition of GameCube games to the Virtual Console service on the console.
As you can imagine, he didn’t announce anything, but he didn’t outright deny the possiblity when asked about GameCube games on Virtual Console:
We cannot give a concrete answer, because we have nothing to announce at the moment. But there’s something I can tell you: we are working on some things along those lines.
But if Nintendo were to release GameCube games on the Virtual Console, there would be a problem with the many games that actually make use of the analog triggers. One possible solution would be to use GameCube-shaped Joy-Cons, and in fact, fans have already come up with mock-ups.
Koizumi explained that the console was designed in such a way that it would be perfectly possible to connect future accessories/extensions to the Nintendo Switch (something he already mentioned in a previous interview), so such an accessory could definitely become a reality.
As for Shinya Takahashi, he explained that if Nintendo were to release GameCube-shaped Joy-Cons, they would make sure to add analog triggers. He also thinks the whole thing would be rather bulky and hideous, though!
Finally, here’s two (web) commercials for the Nintendo Switch:
The Nintendo Switch will be released on March 3rd, worldwide.