Petition to bring HTML5/Construct Support to the Switch

  • Hi Guys

    I started a change.org petition recently about bringing HTML5 and Construct Support in general to the Switch. Of course there's absolutely no guarantee it will change Nintendo's mind and from their POV they maybe couldn't care less but still, i think the more people sign it, the more proof we will have in case some of us want to approach them directly. I would definitely write them an E-Mail but unfortunately have no idea, where i should send it. Also i kinda want to see, if we maybe get to like 200 signatures or something just to show them, that there are actual developers using the platform that have an interest in publishing to the Switch.

    So please take a few minutes and sign the petition here:

    https://www.change.org/p/construct-deve ... e_petition

    Thank you! <img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile">

  • Signed and Tweeted!

  • Signed too! Already more than half!

  • Done!!

  • Oh wow, over 80 people signed so far, thank guys!

    I registered with Nintendo as a developer so i could get access to their holy halls so to speak (heh heh) and also, because i'm developing a commercial game and you never know, might want to bring that to the Switch one day.

    In any case, as soon as we hit 100 signatures, i'm planning on writing them an E-Mail stating our intention.

    But i just wanted to ask Ashley , what exactly it would be, that you would need Nintendo to do on their part, so you could port your engine over? Sorry, non-tech person here and i just want to make sure, i'm writing an actually INFORMED letter to them.

    If you could explain to me the difficulties and what effort Nintendo would have to bring, that would be great, thank you.

    And thanks to everyone who signed!

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  • We basically just need a modernised Nintendo Web Framework with full WebGL, Web Audio and WebAssembly support - and then for them to give us access to it.

  • Gotcha, gonna write them now

  • Switch has a built in web browser. So it is possible to play online games right now, html5, via the built in browser. It works.

    But the support is not official, yet.

    Last I read on html5gamedevs from Nintendo is:

    "HTML5/JavaScript development is not supported on the Switch, and we have no plans to support it in the future. We apologize for the inconvenience."

    Edit: Actually now it seems that Nintendo now seems to have limited the access of the web browser to just Facebook/Twitter, so I do not know if it is still possible to access other sites. (I do not own a switch and cannot test)

  • Yeah i mean it's a very long shot but at least i can tell myself that i tried what i could

  • I have signed, and I dont wish to rain on anyone's parade

    but I dont think such a petition is going to sway any Nintendo decision makers. (very happy to be proven wrong tho)

    The best way to get Nintendo, or any other platform holder even considering implementing Construct support,

    is to start using Construct to produce the type, and quality, of games that they want on their systems.

    They need to see a few games that go massive like Undertail, Guacamole, Binding of Isaac, a Tarreria, etc, coming from Construct engine ( games which Construct could do easily) and lots more games up at the quality level of eg The Last Penelope.

    Then they will be calling Scirra...

    So get cracking guys......

  • Very much agree with you and while it very probably won't make much of a difference it's still interesting to see, how many developers would actually be interested in Switch support plus, in case you're planning on writing Nintendo, at least you got some sort of proof, that there is a demand for it

    No parade here, just think if it doesn't help, it doesn't hurt either

  • The best way to get Nintendo, or any other platform holder even considering implementing Construct support,

    is to start using Construct to produce the type, and quality, of games that they want on their systems.

    ...

    Then they will be calling Scirra...

    This has not really anything to do with Scirra/Construct.

    It is having official support for HTML5. (Switch actually already has HTML5 support, but not officially, but they have a built in browser which can run games! But the browser seems to be for posting Facebook stuff mostly...)

    They need to open up the Web Framework also for Switch (and not only WiiU), so you can release/install/play HTML5 games in Switch, with official support. WebGL

    It has nothing to do with Scirra or Construct really, if the Web Framework will be open then it will be possible to release stuff to it

  • fredriksthlm

    I understand

    My point was they need to start seeing a lot of popular, high quality games in HTML/JS to be convinced it is worthwhile for them to do so.

    Also it would definitely have to be some sort of custom secure closed implementation as they need to keep the whole browser side of things closed down for games . because if you can use your switch to play high quality games in the browser then why would you bother spending money in the Nintendo store.

    The possibility of high quality HTML/JS games scares the hell out of the big game companies.

    I mean I can load up my game on my Nvidia shield by just pointing chrome to the webpage and with the tegra hardware (pretty much the same a switch) it plays better than on my PC.

  • I don't know if this is a great idea, but is there a possibility to delete all the low-quality games on Scirra arcade and create two separate sections for PC and mobile game uploads?

    Again, that would require a lot of monitoring and games will also have to be rejected if they lack quality, but a stable web platform for mobile games managed by Scirra would be pretty cool. I mean it might just become big in the future like "itch", right now it's like anyone can upload anything and that makes it tough to take Scirra Arcade seriously.

  • I don't know if this is a great idea, but is there a possibility to delete all the low-quality games on Scirra arcade and create two separate sections for PC and mobile game uploads?

    Again, that would require a lot of monitoring and games will also have to be rejected if they lack quality, but a stable web platform for mobile games managed by Scirra would be pretty cool. I mean it might just become big in the future like "itch", right now it's like anyone can upload anything and that makes it tough to take Scirra Arcade seriously.

    I can agree that 90% of the games in Arcade are garbage.

    Scirra have just hired a new web developer, who will rebuild/upgrade the functionality of the arcade. So hopefully they can just delete some of all crap

    It would be good idea to have a "premium" section, with only games rated higher then 4,5 stars or something, or classified as "quality"-game by some scirra admin

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