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.