Nintendo Switch amiibo

With each passing hour some extra snippets of information emerge on the Nintendo Switch, and now there's a little extra clarity on a few features of the system, and in particular its Dock.

First of all, Nintendo has confirmed to IGN that the amiibo range is supported with the system, with wording to suggest that it is indeed integrated into the core hardware. Some amiibo figures were featured briefly in the reveal trailer (and we've never seriously doubted compatibility), though we weren't shown how the figures or cards are scanned.

If a Nintendo Switch game supports amiibo then the Nintendo Switch home gaming system will as well.

With regards to the Dock, some confirmation was given that it also serves as a charger for the console, which always seemed highly likely but, again, it's official confirmation.

The Nintendo Switch Dock has been created so that it is extremely easy to seamlessly switch from playing games on a TV to transition into a portable mode.

The dock is not the main console unit of Nintendo Switch. The main unit of Nintendo Switch is the unit that has the LCD screen, which the two Joy-Con controllers can be attached to and detached from. The main function of the Nintendo Switch Dock is to provide an output to the TV, as well as charging and providing power to the system.

However, when asked about whether the console's screen is a touchscreen, Nintendo declined to comment, telling IGN that it "will make additional announcements about the Nintendo Switch hardware later, before the launch of the product." We're doubtful that the screen does support touch inputs based on what we've seen so far, but until it's formally ruled out it should be considered an ongoing possibility.

So there you have it, what are your thoughts on these statements from Nintendo?

With thanks to Ryan Millar for the heads up.