Programming Languages Used To Make Nintendo Switch Games

Manpreet Singh
2 min readApr 26

Welcome back! Nintendo is one of the biggest gaming companies in the world, however, you might be wondering what programming languages they use to make games for their latest console, the Nintendo Switch! So, let’s take a look at some of the languages used to make games on that particular console!


The main language used to create Nintendo Switch games is C++. not only is this the primary language for Nintendo Switch game development, it’s also the main language used for almost all game development out there. C++ was used to build out a ton of different games for the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, and even the Nintendo Wii as well.

Unity Framework

There is an option to create Nintendo Switch games using the Unity framework, within that framework, you can use other types of programming languages, but they will need to be compiled down and exported for the Nintendo Switch. You can learn more about this specific development from the link below:

If you want to learn more about game development with the switch, you can check out their game development page below:

There you have it! Do you know of any other languages used to make Nintendo Switch games? I would love to hear your thoughts about this!

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