Some reviewers and critics have been giving quite negative feedback on the Nintendo Switch games which Nintendo will launch during the release of the newest gaming device this coming March 3. It is inevitable that the Switch is compared to older gaming consoles. The old ones took gaming into greater heights at the time, such as in the case of the Wii U. As compared to the Nintendo Switch’s release of only a few games, the Wii U had 23 games at the time of its launch.
Why Nintendo Switch Lineup is Weak
As reported by GameSpot, the Nintendo Switch games lineup to be released is weak because it only consists of a small number of games. This is in comparison to other gaming consoles or devices’ launches. Nintendo will release its own games such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1-2-Switch. Third-party games include Just Dance 2017, I Am Setsuna, World of Goo, Super Bomberman R, and Skylanders: Imaginators, among others.
Kimishima Responds to Criticisms
Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has responded to the verdict of the critics. He did acknowledge that people see the line-up as “weak.” However, in his defense, the Nintendo Switch games are only the start of the Nintendo Switch. This means that there will be more soon enough.
“Some of those who have seen this lineup have expressed the opinion that the launch lineup is weak,” Kimishima said during a recent financial results briefing. He also said that the company’s concern is on the matter of consistently providing games. “Our thinking in arranging the 2017 software lineup is that it is important to continue to provide new titles regularly without long gaps.” He said that this makes consumers actively play the system, thus causing the sales to also continue for the Switch.
Iwata and Fils-Aime Respond
In a previous report by GamesIndustry.biz, former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said way back in 2012 that “Nintendo tends to release too many titles at the launch of a hardware system and as a result suffers a drop in new games for quite some time after launch, and for the Wii U launch, we are being very careful not to let it happen.”
This may be a primary reason as to why Nintendo will be cutting down on its game releases for the Nintendo Switch launch. Contrary to this, the lack of new releases is one reason why the Wii U struggled and that units have now been phased out.
As reported by CNET, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said that the launch on March 3 is “not the be-all and the end-all.” He said that the company plans to deliver additional compelling games on a regular basis similar to what Kimishima said. This aims to keep owners happy and also to get new owners to buy the device.