Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime made a surprise appearance at Epic Games’ Game Developer Conference press conference today to sing the praises of the company’s game engine and how well it works on the upcoming Nintendo Switch console.
“Unreal is enabling a whole new group of developers to make games for the Switch,” Fils-Aime said in a pre-recorded video.
You can watch the entire video above.
Earlier this year, Nintendo creative director Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that the Switch would support modern game engines like Unreal 4 and Unity.
“Regarding our software development environment,” Miyamoto said, “third-party developers who are making software for PC can now easily adapt that software to work on our platform. In the current development environment, Iʼd say that it would take less than a year for them to port a PC game to Nintendo Switch.
“That ease of software development has also been felt by Nintendoʼs internal developers. Also, even though game software developers in the U.S. and E.U. are often said to have superior skills to their Japanese counterparts when it comes to software development techniques, Nintendoʼs software developers have mastered state-of-the-art technologies such as Unreal engine, and their skills can now be compared with those of Western developers. Our developers are more excited than ever to create software.”
Make sure to check out our Nintendo Switch Review here. The console hits on Friday.