Just a couple of years ago, the very thought of any major Bethesda title appearing on a Nintendo platform was practically impossible, with all of the studio's hugely popular hits releasing exclusively on more powerful, rival consoles. With the Switch, however, times have changed, and the relationship between Bethesda and Nintendo is blooming.
We've already seen The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim appear on the console, as well as DOOM and Wolfenstein II with a little help from Panic Button, and even the Fallout series has seen some Switch love recently with Fallout Shelter, so what does this mean for the future? Well, Bethesda's vice president of PR and marketing, Pete Hines, has been chatting to Metro about this very topic.
"Well, here’s the thing. We’ve always gotten on well with Nintendo, it’s just a question of do the games that we make… technically are they a fit for the platforms that they’re making? In the past the simple answer has been no. Like, Skyrim did not run on anything that Nintendo was making. Could we have changed a bunch of stuff to make it work? Maybe. But that’s not our approach.
But in the case of the Switch the game as we made it, does it run on this? Yeah, it does! It runs well. And so Skryim, Wolf, Doom 2016, Doom Eternal, Shelter, Legends – all of those things are things we’ve said, ‘Look, this either can or will run well on a Switch’. And we continue to look at every game that we make, because we want as many people to play it as possible. I have my Switch with me here in Germany, I think it’s great to be able to take games you love with you."
Having these ports of older games appear on the system is fantastic, and finally gives Nintendo fans the chance to try out these franchises for, potentially, the first time, but what about new stuff? Hines was asked whether or not Bethesda would ever consider making an exclusive Nintendo title, and the answer is pleasingly open to the possibility.
"It’s possible, but that’s up to the devs in terms of what game is it that they’d be talking about... We’re always having conversations with them, but again those conversations wouldn’t necessarily take place with me, they’d take place with a dev to say, ‘We have an idea for a this or a that and we wanna do a game that is a crossover with the Switch’."
As a final, last-minute question, Hines was then asked about Super Smash Bros., and particularly whether or not Bethesda has spoken to Nintendo about the franchise. His response?
We'll leave it up to you lovely readers to decide what that "oh yeah" means in the comments below. Are we going to get Doomguy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Will there be a Bethesda related Smash reveal in the Direct later today? Probably not, but just imagine...