Through the rough translations and exciting trailers, the Nintendo Switch Presentation is finally over. We got reveals of the pricing and different games that would be coming to the system, but one thing that wasn’t revealed in the presentation is how many games would actually be available at launch for the Switch. However, according to NeoGAF the launch line up has been revealed for North America and it looks pretty subpar.
According to the post, the games that will be coming out are
– 1, 2 Switch
– The Legend of Zelda: BotW
– Just Dance 2017
– Has Been Heroes
– Super Bomberman R
– Disgaea 5 Complete
– Puyo Puyo Tetris
– Rayman Legends
– Skylanders: Imaginators
– I Am Setsuna
From these games, the only ones that were known to come out,before the presentation were Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Just Dance 2017. During the presentation we got the reveal of 1 2 Switch as the first game, as well as the rest of the games on this list in a quick demo reel at the end of the entire presentation. Going down the list, there is definitely not too much to be excited for at launch.
The world has been heavily anticipating the arrival of Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, but for those who are not a fan of the series, what is there left of for the consumers to buy?A Just Dance game that not many people will take care to be interested in. Has Been Heroes at first glance, could easily pass as the Suda 51 game mentioned during the presentation, but instead it is a rogue like strategy game that definitely doesn’t have much going for it coming from an unknown indie developer. Snipperclips is also a shovelware title that looks like a Nick Jr. game and will definitely not capture the gamers who are looking to buy out for the Nintendo Switch.
The rest are entirely ports of games from other consoles, which is sad, because this is exactly how the Wii U started it’s life cycle off, with promises of being given good games in the future. However, Nintendo apparently failed to realize this and could not capture 3rd Parties’ hearts with the launch of the Switch, which will consequently fail to capture many of the general consumer’s hearts at launch when they visit the stores.
Gamers were given the opportunity to look at some of the most fantastic game trailers that have come about from Nintendo in recent years, such as Super Mario Odyssey , Fire Emblem Warriors, Shin Megami Tensei, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and the Dragon Quest Series, just to name a few. However, only one of these titles is projected to launch this year ,and that is during the holiday season, at minimum 8 months away from when the Switch launches on March 3rd. Everything else could take up to three years to see a release. For example, We were given a reveal trailer for Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem in 2013 , but the game was not released to North America until Summer 2016. Xenoblade Chronicles X was also first revealed in 2013, but did not get released internationally until December 2015, almost 3 entire years later.
If Nintendo cannot release some of these bigger games, not necessarily during launch, but in a decent timeframe, then they may be in a bind come Q4 of this year, and right now the only other major games confirmed to be coming within the launch window are Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Sonic Mania and their smaller title, ARMS, while later this year we will see FIFA, Sonic 2017, and Mario. Hopefully, more third party developers reveal that they are releasing games for the Switch real soon, or Nintendo may have to “Switch” to something else.