Nintendo President Responds to Weak Nintendo Switch Launch Lineup Comments

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If you’re like pretty much most other people then you feel like the launch lineup for the upcoming Nintendo Switch is pretty poor. Outside of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild there really isn’t a lot else for the new system Day 1 with titles such as Arms, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, and more not releasing until months later. Well President of Nintendo Tatsumi Kimishima has also heard these complaints and has offered his reasoning behind it below:

“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.”

“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.”

We know that the Wii U suffered from long periods of no new releases so it seems Nintendo is addressing that with this new approach. Still I’m still of the mind that they should have either delayed the system a bit longer or worked harder to at least have 2 or 3 compelling launch titles. What is your take on Nintendo’s comments on the launch lineup? Let us know in the comments.

Justin Oneil
One of Head Writers and PR here on ThisGenGaming.com. I've been playing games for over 20 years now and play everything from AAA blockbusters to Indie games. You can find me on all the current consoles and on my twitter account.
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Justin Oneil

One of Head Writers and PR here on ThisGenGaming.com. I've been playing games for over 20 years now and play everything from AAA blockbusters to Indie games. You can find me on all the current consoles and on my twitter account.
  • DevilDogA99

    So instead of adding more games by creating new ones or adding more 3rd party support, you’ve chosen to have the same problem as the Wii-U but drag it out. Flawless thought process.

  • Fear Monkey

    Releasing a new Nintendo console without a Mario game is a bad idea. I would have thought they would have learned this by now. The Wii got away with it because of Wii Sports, but outside of that, every Nintendo console should have it.

  • yarinoma

    Shows that the last few generations of gamers are really spoiled…With breath of the wild being as big as it is, what other games do you think you’ll honestly being interested in or playing rather? Not saying that they shouldnt have a descent line up but anyone whose my age or just a little younger should remember the N64 only having one or two games available at launch.. and we were happy with that because those games kept our interest for a descent period of time until the next game launch.. the problem is not the lack of games at launch but the short attention span of todays gamers that put pressure on the studios and publishers to put out high volume, low quality titles that still don’t satisfy the aloofness and at the moment mind changing that has infected the industry for roughly a decade.

    • Jack

      Yes, lets blame consumers for being spoiled with short attention spans, rather than nintendo who has continuously failed to adjust to the changing console gaming market. Funny how this plague of low quality titles has been around just as long as Nintendo’s consoles have been sliding downhill.

      Meanwhile, competitors like sony, though they cant satisfy with heavy hitting titles every month, atleast provide a plethora of options to broaden its appeal. Between now and the end of march, theres Nioh, Nier, GR:wildlands, mass effect and horizon to look forward to. Likely, most ps4 owners will flock to one or even two of these titles. This situation cant be said for Nintendos recent consoles at any point in time. If they want the switch to thrive, the system should start strong, and continue strong, not less they want another wii u on their hands

      • yarinoma

        It’s a NEW system.. not one that’s been out for nearly 2 years and the games you mentioned, only 3 of them received high marks.. ( have you seen the technical trash that is Posing as Mass Effect?).. and you didn’t even mention Microsoft, whom canceled one of the few, if not only exclusives they had.. possibly to launch with the Scorpio or worse. Just plain canceled..

        I have a switch now.. I’m loving it.. so far no technical issues that other interneties have claimed to have.. and I’m in awe with BotW.. not so much because it’s Zelda but the fact I’m playing it on this amazing, well built, Nintendo machine that haters don’t quite understand it’s meaning to the industry.. Sony, on the other hand, understands it. That’s why they have their own Switch-like patent just in case the Swich is a roaring success..I can appreciate your opinion but at least have it stand on a foundation of time and patience rather than haste.::