We’re probably getting Call of Duty on the Nintendo Switch

It seems that a Call of Duty Nintendo Switch version is on the way. We’re already expecting a new Call of Duty game to be announced very soon, but what some of us might not have been expecting is that the Nintendo Switch may be one of the platforms. If this turns out to be true, this would be the first Call of Duty game for the Nintendo Switch and the first game on a Nintendo console since 2013’s Call of Duty: Ghosts for the Wii U.

Technology website BadFive first noticed a bit of code referring to the Nintendo Switch and its dock. They provided a screenshot showing this code, but there wasn’t really a way to independently confirm it. To corroborate the possibility of a Call of Duty Nintendo Switch version, I went digging into the website’s code myself and discovered some interesting hints.

What I found was references to Nintendo and, more critically, references to “Nintendo Account” alongside “Xbox Live,” “PlayStation Network,” and “PC Account.” This makes for a pretty strong suggestion that the next Call of Duty game will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch.

Call of Duty Nintendo Switch version

You can click the above image to see the code as it stands at the time of writing. One portion of the code refers to “Nintendo”:

case “nintendo”:

pgacct = “nintendo”;

pgacctFound = true;

break;

That on its own isn’t entirely revealing, but the next bit of code all but confirms that something will be going on with the Nintendo Switch:

if(value.provider == “xbl”) friendlyPlatformName = “Xbox® LIVE”;

else if(value.provider == “psn”) friendlyPlatformName = “PlayStation®Network”;

else if (value.provider == “steam”) friendlyPlatformName = “PC Account”;

else if (value.provider == “nintendo”) friendlyPlatformName = “Nintendo Account”;

There it is, plain as day: “Nintendo Account” listed alongside Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and PC Account. You can see this in action for yourself using Chrome by following these steps:

  1. Bring up callofduty.com on Chrome.
  2. Press F12 to bring up the Developer Console.
  3. Select “Sources” at the top.
  4. On the left-hand side, expand the following items in the file tree: profile.callofduty.com > resources > common > scripts > ssobar.js
  5. Press Ctrl+F to search, type in “nintendo”, and see the results for yourself.

Strictly speaking, this isn’t a direct confirmation that we’re getting a Call of Duty Nintendo Switch version. However, I’m comfortable saying that lining up “Nintendo Account” alongside accounts for the other major gaming services is a strong indicator that we’ll be getting our first Call of Duty game on a Nintendo console in a long time.