If you've ever complained about the games on the Switch eShop, take a moment to consider players over in China. While hundreds of games get added to the eShop across various regions on a monthly basis, the Chinese Tencent Switch has had just one game since December.
Until now, that is. According to Daniel Ahmad, Senior Analyst at Niko Partners, the Switch eShop in mainland China has received an update and there is a grand total of three games available for purchase. Joining the launch title New Super Bros. U Deluxe is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey.
As previously explained by Ahmad in April last year, all games released within China must be approved and licensed by the Chinese gaming regulator:
Nintendo and Tencent will also need to submit each game for approval in China and ensure the games comply with content regulations. This too is a lengthy process and means that it will take some time before Nintendo can build up a large library of official games in China.
Although there's a limited digital library in China right now, and a region lock on the Tencent Switch, these systems can still play games from outside of this location – meaning locals in the mainland can import physical cartridges from elsewhere. According to Ahmad, they can even import an entire Switch console if they want to access other eShop regions.
If you could only pick three games to play on your Nintendo Switch, what would you choose? Tell us below.