At Nintendo's latest financial results briefing, President Shuntaro Furukawa took the time to discuss both the first and third-party software offerings for the Switch and how the system's library of games should continue to appeal to as many different people as possible.
Starting with the first-party selection, Furukawa shared a graphic made up predominantly of upcoming releases. He also mentioned how there were more titles that had not yet been discussed:
"As you can see, we will constantly release new titles during the fiscal year ahead. And there are still more titles that we haven’t yet discussed. We intend to continue to expand the lineup of software that can be enjoyed by consumers around the world and that will keep people playing Nintendo Switch."
In addition to this, Furukawa touched on third-party offerings – promising there would be "an even richer variety" of new games to experience from "other software publishers" in the third year of the Switch's life:
"We are also bringing an even richer variety of new titles from other software publishers as we enter the third year of Nintendo Switch. What you see here is just a sample. These will range from evergreen titles for video game fans to titles that can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of age or gender, characteristic titles created by indie developers, a variety of genre-specific games, and more. By bringing them together, the Nintendo Switch library will continue to meet consumers’ diverse tastes."
The president of Nintendo briefly addressed publisher engagement as well – explaining how the development environment was made available from the beginning:
"Many publishers are developing titles for Nintendo Switch because it has met our expectations of widespread adoption, and because we made our development environment available from the very beginning. The number of Nintendo Switch development kits shipped to publishers continues to greatly exceed the number of kits for any of our previous platforms, and many developers are creating titles for Nintendo Switch."
Are you satisfied with the current first and third party offerings on the Switch? Tell us down below.
I'm very happy with the Switch. It has been dominating, and is easily the best Nintendo system ever made. I may have fond memories of past systems such as N64, Gamecube, and Wii---but they pale in comparison to the very balanced lineup of E-M games on Switch. Plus being able to switch from tv play to portable play is one of the best features a console lover could ask for. I don't even really care for handhelds that much, and I still love playing the Switch portable.
Thank you Captain Obvious, we could never have come this far without you!
@CrazyZelda79 What are you talking about? Almost every game Nintendo announced has a physical copy. There is way more physical games than digital only games (from bigger companies, not indie). The only notable company that has been dishing out digital only releases is Compile Heart/Idea Factory. That's not on Nintendo though, that's on Iffy(idea factory). You can't expect Nintendo to self publish every single game that is announced for their platform. They are only going to publish the more heavy hit titles, like Astral Chain, and Dragon Quest 11 S. Bandai Namco has released a few titles digital only, but also released some physical too. Also, the ones Bandai Namco announced will be digital only for the US, such as SAO Hollow Realization, and World End Syndrome has a physical version in Europe, which can be pre-ordered and imported from Play-Asia, or Amazon. I pre-ordered both on Play-Asia, because I wasn't going to support a digital only west release. Don't like digital only titles? Buy the physical games, and don't buy the digital ones. You really are seeing something that's not there, because most major company games have had a physical release. Unless you are talking about the western games? Yeah, those games have a real issue of either being a digital code, or only half on the cartridge. Again, that's on the company who makes the games, not Nintendo. Western developers are way more greedy than the Japanese developers, so you are always going to see them pulling the cheapest options possible.
They called new big AAA games.
4 months of 2D cartoony platformer, Old 3rd party rehash and $15 indies not "something for everyone"
84% of the games sold on Switch were made by Nintendo!
Then give us a NEW F-ZERO!!!
I too wish to continue to breathe air, sleep in 6 to 8 hour bursts, consume food, and otherwise perform all other actions to which I have grown accustomed.
@CrazyZelda79 From a western 3rd party you are right, I won't argue there. However, from a Japanese third party stand point, most games do have physical. Like I said it's mainly only Idea Factory(all branches of Iffy), and Bandai Namco US. The US branch of Bandai Namco is trash man. Physical for this game, digital for that game. They can't make up their minds.
Nintendo: (Spends millions of dollars on countless games for 2019 that fans have begged for)
The "Fans" i see in this comment section: NinTENdo doeSNT CArE aboUT US
As someone who loves a diverse range of games in almost all genres, the Switch is doing a good job of keeping me broke. Every week there's at least something new I want to play, often multiple games. Couldn't be happier.
Well they'd better make some more extremely adult-oriented games like The Witcher 3 then. That's pretty much the only thing Nintendo doesn't have.
@Royalblues Not sure what this has to do with a main character’s appearance? Mr. Furukawa is talking about having a diverse arrange of genres.
C'mooooon, use that Eternal Darkness trademark, guys...
Interesting that Nintendo is using MK11 as an example considering that it’s the only one above, I believe (correct me if I’m forgetting one), that isn’t/won’t be released in Japan while the rest use the Japanese version name/logo.
And that is why Panty Party is on Switch
More 3D sports games
That’s great, Nintendo! Now pretty please force Valve and Activision to port their backlog. Pl...ease... I need Tony Hawk and Modern Warfare on Switch. Prototype, Portal 2, Left 4 Dead, etc. I’m tired of seeing so many 2D indies and top down games. They’re fun and all but they’re everywhere, everyday.
Good? Its getting better I would say
@Royalblues Does the main characters physical appearance change the gameplay and genre (which was being discussed here)? Would removing Mario's moustache in Mario Kart make it a first person shooter? A main character's physical appearance has no place in a discussion about if the console, in question, has a variety of gameplay styles/genres.
I personally don’t have a problem what TYPE of games the Switch has. If you’re into Nintendo then you tend to want the first party stuff that has a variety of genres, along with a bunch of Japanese produced games (which is far greater than previous systems- almost all the big studios have something for the Switch), then bolstered by indies and western stuff which isn’t the main reason I bought a Switch but am happy to try a few things.
What I will say is that in all three years we’ve had a lot less come out in the first half of the year than the run up to the Christmas period, which isn’t following their ‘steady release schedule’. This year we got NSMBU, Yoshi, and Labo VR, and now there’s a big gap until Mario Maker 2 if you don’t like multiple Final Fantasy ports, Mortal Kombat permanently connected to the server and a Mario Kart wannabe. When you look at what’s coming beyond that it’s hard not to feel the first half of the year sucks in comparison. I get these games aren’t ready or they sell better at Christmas, but It would just be nicer if it was more of a steady flow instead of a lean period followed by having too much to choose from.
@CrazyZelda79 wat the heck are you talking about theres plenty of 3rd party games coming to switch.
@Galarian_Lassie some trolls just want to take things out of context ignore them man.
@Royalblues even smash bros gets flak from the sjw police? Damn.
@Royalblues jeez you're pathetic, lol. Talk about ignorance
@MrGawain I agree. Nintendo delay their new releases because third parties fill the gap. By now we should be playing N64 and Cube games on the Switch but Nintendo is getting unexpected revenue from the amount of Indi game releases, and they don't want to rock that boat, so we don't get the N64 and Cube stuff.
The Switch has become a portable device for all types of games at the expence of Nintendo games.
That's nice, but some games which are free on iOS and Steam are £5+ on switch and they are not even very good games, where is the quality control?
@Royalblues What your saying is true, but the president of Nintendo has no power over the appearance of the characters ingame xD
Looks good, would be better if they could match the prices of their 3rd party games up with competitors like steam instead of over pricing.
By doing that we (I) need more great Nintendo games at least this year.
Or more games related to smash characters at least.
A new Zelda announcement at least an announcement.
@The-Chosen-one Be careful what you wish for. Not so long ago we had an announcement about Prime 4 which wasn't pure bad news, but it said the game wouldn't be released any time soon.
And we know that as long as Nintendo exist, there will always be at least a Mario and a Zelda game in development.
Well, I know what the Switch could use: a futuristic high-speed anti gravity racing game! Kinda like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in 200cc, but twice as fast, and victory is decided by skill, and not by what items you randomly get out of a stupid box. It could star Captain Falcon from Super Smash Bros. He could use his own game.
@BenAV 😁😁😁😁. I'm with you on that one. Luckily for me i have a nice job.
So, I can’t remember... what are nintendo releasing next month?
I think F-Zero, Waverace and 1080 taste good!!! Followed by a dessert of Pikmin4 and Pilotwings.
@Royalblues I don't agree with your statement I think Smash Brothers Roster is huge and full of the most different and and iconic character roster in entertainment history.Many colors and shapes and sizes .I would like 1 just 1 Western game developed Character though..plz
@CrazyZelda79 Why don't you try Steam then I'm sure they have alot of physical games
The funny thing is, the only games I've been thinking of getting this year are first-party ones. Some of them (Astral Chain for example) look so good and I didn't even realise Nintendo was helping Platinum games to make them. I know why they look so good now.
@Royalblues You realize you're judging based on appearance right? Racism is racism.
Who knew fascism would be cool again?
@Royalblues I agree that better representation is only a good thing and can be better industry wide
@Royalblues "The industry is changing for the better" Not in Japan though, they can give a rats ass on what you want and what you like. That's why Nintendo releases black character straight out of nowhere.
GIVE ME 1080 OR A GOOD SNOWBOARDING/SKATING GAME
I've got a relatively diverse collection:
Mario Kart - had it on wii u,
Doom - great fun
Octopath Traveller - Good but got distracted
Super Mario Odyssey - Got bored - give me sunshine please
a few smaller games like Golf Story (so much fun) etc.
The one game I still play is Zelda. I love it. Havent put it down since I played it the first time. Over 100 hours on the normal mode, now about the same on Master Mode AND I AM STILL FINDING MORE STUFF.
Any way, thats my life story. have a nice day.
Let’s start with non-Mario/Zelda universe titles, I say.
This comment section confirms my suspicion that Switch Wars has been confirmed.
I'm glad there are so many different genres on switch. I haven't had this much fun with a single console since the snes! Keep em coming ...I'll just have to sell a kidney or something.
More games for everyone!
Haha that's true.
i want Pikmin 4 to be one of those unannounced games. Please lord.
I thought Nintendo was publishing Daemon X Machina?
@Morrow Don’t get me wrong, I love my Switch, but here’s my only real gripe with it.. the Sega Nomad, made in the 1990’s was able to be the entire Megadrive (genesis) console but in a handheld (even played the original cartridges!), with TV-out without having to dock it ... This is now over 20 years later and we have to take the big dock for Switch along with us if we travel and want to play on a TV. I feel like 20 years worth of improvements to basically what is the same thing (a console in a portable) should have improvements that build on this invention .. not just in performance but in features... On a side note, the handheld screen on the Nomad was arguably better than many home TVs at the time.
Like I said... Switch is great.. but if they look at a console from 20 years ago and what ideas / ingenious features it has, surely they could have built on those.
@CrazyZelda79 you werent specific on your comment man but i do agree some 3rd party devs are quite lazy wen putting half a game on cartridge and download or like crapcom does put one collection on cartridge while other download.
@FTL Hardware and software has improved dramatically since those days. one game now costs up more space than like 50 classic games. It would be impossible to put an entire system of games built into a portable device these days. Not to mention, flat screens weren't around in the early 90s. TVs back then looked like trash compared to flat screens we have now, so it's also impossible for a portable screen to pump out more power than a tv, without it costing an extreme amount of money. Nintendo always likes to have affortable consoles so the standard HD of 720p portable was unavoidable. That being said, they made the HD rumble, which is an extremely underrated feature that most companies don't take advantage of. Play Valkyria Chronicles 4, or Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and you'll see what I mean about how good the HD rumble is. I do think the Wii U had more features with it's system than Switch, but it was a crappy system overall because it lacked games, and it forced the gamepad support for most games. Also, Sega is now a third party company that mainly only makes Sonic games, while Nintendo is one of the 3 big giants. I don't think they should follow anything Sega did. I think Nintendo's biggest problem is fixing the online and the online app, not the switch itself.
@RiasGremory Yeah, I hate that
@Dogorilla They are, but it isn't made by Nintendo, so it's not a first party game. It's second party. Second party defines when a company made a deal with a developer to make an exclusive game/series, without owning them. (bayonetta as an example) It can also be for exclusive content---like Dragon Quest 11 S, where it will be getting exclusive dlc the other platforms wont.
@Morrow I think you might be a little confused - the Nomad didn’t have all the games on the console... it had a cartridge slot and the cartridges from the full size Megadrive fit into the handheld.
Also.... a Samsung S10/ iPhone XS has a screen that is just as good as a great TV.. more expensive of course, but this is just to show that it’s not impossible to make a screen like a TV as you stated..
Sega had brilliant innovations (take a look at Dreamcast for example)... it wasn’t the technology and design of their systems that let them down... everyone knows the Dreamcast was brilliant, it’s marketing, timing, business decisions that let them down... not the innovations.
Anyway, Nintendo took a leap of faith with the Switch and it worked well! ... so maybe the next model will be even better anyway.
@FTL Ah, yeah. I misunderstood what you meant on the first part, my bad. However, you missed the point I made about Nintendo always keeps their consoles at [affordable price ranges]. I said that it is impossible -Without- making it expensive. The portable screen looks beautiful by itself. Sure it could look better, but the cost wouldn't be worth it.
Know how much I payed for my smartphone? 30$. I don't care about some super expensive phone that has some lame LCD screen just to play mobile games, lol.
The Switch is the most powerful portable console, while still being a home console too. (meaning vita, 3ds, new 3ds--not comparing it to smartphones.)
Sure, Sega has had some good ideas, but overall, they make so many bad choices (past, present, and certainly future) that it's just not worth it to mimic their choices. Nintendo shines best when they make their own choices. Certainly they do fail at times, but unlike some companies, they learn from their mistakes and come back stronger the next time. I like Nintendo for being original and creative.
Yep - you’re stating a whole bunch of reasons why the Switch is good... I totally agree with all that - It’s great - All I was saying is just the one thing that bothers me is the thing I originally mentioned - that I need to carry the dock with me when I go somewhere.. the Nomad had the output built in.... Most likely, they could have done the same with the Switch but chose to leave it as a dock so that it can appear to be the hybrid console and portable.
Anyway, good conversation. By Switch 3.0 it will probably make me happy hehe
@Morrow It's just that Daemon X Machina is included in the 'Titles From Other Software Publishers' box above, which I thought is odd if Nintendo is publishing it. Astral Chain and Pokémon are made by second-party developers too, and they're in the 'First-Party Titles' box.
@Dogorilla ...You know what, that totally slipped my mind. You have a point. that is really weird, idk why they did that then. But yeah, DQ 11 S and Daemon are both published by Nintendo. Maybe it was an error?
@FTL So you want a dockless switch, that wirelessly connects to the tv?
.... Wireless would be good but no... just exactly what I was saying was available 20 years ago... the cable went straight from the nomad, to the TV.. no need for a dock.
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