Nintendo Responds To Weak Launch Of Switch Lineup Complaint

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After the 2017 Nintendo Switch Presentation, many people were left excited about the potential and the ability of the new game console. But there was a widespread concern regarding the number of games that will be available at its launch. Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima is attending to such worry, and in fact, at the company’s corporate management policy briefing, he explains Nintendo's approach to taking with the new Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo President Responds To Weak Launch Of Switch Game Lineup

In a response to many, Kimishima acknowledges the fact that the launch of the Nintendo Switch is "weak," but emphasizing that launch of the console is just the start for the hybrid experience. "Some of those who have seen this lineup have expressed the opinion that the launch lineup is weak," Kimishima said during an earnings briefing. This thought seems that Nintendo place significance on being able “to provide a variety of titles regularly without long gaps, which is a very high-interest issue Nintendo's Wii U quickly became notorious for.

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.

According to GameSpot, the former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata offered a comparable reasoning back in 2012 for the Wii U issue. He said that Nintendo tends to release too many game titles at the launch of a console or a hardware system and as a result, it suffers a drop in new games for quite some time after launch. For the launch of Nintendo Wii U, "we are being very careful not to let it happen," he said at the time.

That is not exactly what happened as far as Nintendo's history is concerned. The launch of Wii U window titles including The Wonderful 101 and Pikmin 3 were delayed. The main reason of why the Wii U struggled is the lack of new releases, selling just 13.56 million units since the year 2012. And just recently, the production of the system has now ended globally, officially.

Like what Kimishima stated, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime recently said that the Switch game console won't struggle like the Wii U. Nintendo will do their best and will deliver compelling games on a regular basis for Switch. Fils-Aime also wants to inform the gamers regarding the launch of the Ninentedo Switch that it will not "be all and the end all."

Nintendo Switch Game Lineup On Its Launch

There are two first-party games coming to Nintendo Switch on its launch, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the mini-game compilation pack 1-2-Switch. The third-party launch titles include Just Dance 2017, I Am Setsuna, World of Goo, Super Bomberman R as well as Skylanders: Imaginators, among others. Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on Friday 3rd March, priced at £279.99 or $299.99.

According to Nintendo Insider, the company will be debut Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Arms for Nintendo Switch, during the first half of 2017. The game named as Splatoon 2, which attracted consumers’ attention most during the hands-on events in Japan, will be seen in summer of this year. Nintendo believes that these game titles will exemplify the concept of the upcoming Nintendo Switch, which is to for the gamers to be able to "play anywhere with anyone and at any time, and will expand and invigorate competition between players."


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