GameStop has shared how impressed they are with the “very, very strong” Nintendo Switch games lineup this year, which was stated in reference to both known and unannounced releases.
The portable home console has had a positive impact on the retailer’s financial performance, and, after The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey had bookended a “tremendous” first year, GameStop has confidence that Nintendo Switch’s momentum won’t falter in 2018.
“I mean we know kind of what happened with the Wii U. I’d say this is definitely a whole different platform than we saw in the past. We have visibility to the software. So last year was a tremendous year for the software, as well as hardware between [The Legend of] Zelda[: Breath of the Wild] and [Super] Mario Odyssey and all the games that they had. It really drove a lot of hardware sales, as well as software,” GameStop CEO Michael Mauler explained on the company’s Q4 2017 earnings conference call.
“I think this year when we look at the slate of titles, many of which haven’t been announced yet, this year looks also very, very strong. So I think, at least for 2018, we’ll continue to see the strong software slate drive additional installed base on the hardware and increase attach rate. We don’t have real visibility for 2019 yet, but for 2018 it should play out that way.”