Nintendo is sprinting toward the upcoming launch of Switch. In less than two months, the new console will arrive and grant a new way for gamers to play. Switch will have a slew of major titles releasing for it within the first year, and that could make the difference for the hardware early on in its life-cycle.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are all coming to the system within its first year. Those are some heavy hitters for Nintendo to have within Switch’s first 12 months on the market. This is something Wii U could not say about its first 12 months on the market.
Nintendo believes they are delivering a convincing proposition to gamers. Switch grants players plenty of portability that a PS4 or Xbox One cannot provide. Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime recently talked about Switch and all of the buy products they expect the console to create.
“What you’re framing is true. And what I mean by that is, Nintendo Switch is a system that we believe every consumer will be able to find satisfaction. It’s the type of experience, that with certain games is quite easy to pick up and play. Other games, incredibly deep.
“We believe that there is a top value to this proposition, that players will want to share. And we believe that as a platform holder and first party developer, as we seed this concept, we believe we will create a very robust environment for third party development. Which will continue to provide more and more experiences for consumers. That’s the goal. That’s the play. And in fairness, that was the play with Wii U as well,” Fils-Aime told Time.
From the Switch’s press conference and current list of games, third party support seems better than the Wii U’s launch support. I expect Switch’s third party support to only get stronger as the generation progresses. Pre-ordering seems to be off to a good start for the system. A solid install base will be the hardware’s best pitch to third party developers for further support.
Messaging is an issue some have pegged to the Wii U’s slow start in 2012. However, there are always a number of factors that contribute to hardware struggles, not just one. Fils-Aime feels Nintendo is doing a better job of conveying to gamers what Switch is.
“I would argue that the difference is, we are doing a much better job in clearly articulating the Nintendo Switch proposition. And we are also working hard to have this continuous steady cadence of games, that in the end Wii U did not have. We planned for it, but development shifts and things get delayed and the end result — which is the only thing that matters, was that we had gaps in our lineup and that slowed down our momentum,” Fils-Aime said.
Nintendo will be unveiling new information and details about Switch and its games soon. The console is set for a March 3 release date and gamers are waiting. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Nintendo.