It’s rare for a large company to come out and categorically deny an entire report, but that’s what Nintendo just did today – the Japanese company has issued a press release insisting that Bloombergapparent revelation that Nintendo was pressuring developers to build 4K resolution games for an upcoming but potentially canceled “Switch Pro” handheld was completely wrong.
Nintendo writes the report “erroneously claims that Nintendo provides game development tools for a Nintendo Switch with 4K support” and insists that this “is not true.” Separately, it says it has no plans for any new Nintendo Switch other than the slightly refined OLED model coming out next week.
Although there is always a possibility that the language technically allows most, if not all Bloombergs reports to be correct – that for example there was a 4K Switch development kit, and the Nintendo did push developers to build 4K content and it’s Nintendo quite simply do not push it anymore – Nintendo is trying to say that the whole report is not true.
Bloomberg seems to stand by its report, which is not much of a surprise. It comes from respected journalists in the gaming / tech industry who have been extremely well-procured in the past, and this report is no exception: it lists anonymous employees at 11 different gaming companies, all of whom say they have a 4K Switch development kit. Following Nintendo’s tweet, the publication simply added an extra line about Nintendo’s denial.
Weighed against a Nintendo statement with a little bit of buzz, I would tend to believe 11 sources across the company, especially when this company is under investor pressure to make its new OLED handheld perform well on launch day.
Update, 20:56 ET: Added that Bloomberg has minimally updated its post to include Nintendo’s new denial.