After the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017, many were left excited about the console’s potential but there was a widespread concern around the number of games that will be available at launch.
Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima is listening to such worry, and, at the company’s corporate management policy briefing, looked to explain the approach that they are taking with Nintendo Switch. This sees Nintendo place importance on being able “to provide new titles regularly without long gaps,” an issue that Wii U quickly became notorious for.
“Here are the announced first-party titles that will follow the system launch, releasing through 2017 in Japan. Some of those who have seen this lineup have expressed the opinion that the launch lineup is weak,” Kimishima had explained.
“Our thinking in arranging the 2017 software lineup is that it is important to continue to provide new titles
regularly without long gaps. This encourages consumers to continue actively playing the system, maintains buzz, and spurs continued sales momentum for Nintendo Switch.
“For that reason, we will be releasing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, which is making its debut on the Nintendo Switch during the first half of 2017, and Splatoon 2, which attracted consumers’ attention most during the hands-on events in Japan, in summer 2017. We believe that these titles exemplify the concept of the Nintendo Switch, which is to be
able to play anywhere with anyone and at any time, and will expand and invigorate competition between players.
“Splatoon 2 in particular will offer voice chat, a much-requested feature from our overseas fans, using smart-devices and the ability to bring eight Nintendo Switch systems together for eight-person local multiplayer. In this way, we are working to create titles and environments to invigorate the competitive gaming scene so that a wider demographic of customers can enjoy, talk about, and continue playing the Nintendo Switch.”
Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on Friday 3rd March, priced at £279.99 ($299.99).