Nintendo defends five game Switch launch line-up

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The Nintendo Switch is already fighting an uphill battle after the anticipated conference for the console left many questions unanswered last week. One question it did pose though was why Nintendo was leaving the console to launch with so few titles – with a total of five being made available to purchase on the day the console hits shelves. It’s becoming one of the main talking points around the Switch, but it’s a decision Nintendo isn’t worried about.

Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Aime spoke with CNET regarding the launch line-up, and stated that the Switch won’t live or die based on the number of games ready to play by the console’s launch. He stressed that having a continuous stream of games throughout this year was more important, which Nintendo already detailed in spades during the conference last week.

“It really is the steady pacing of content that continually reinforces for the people who bought into the platform why they made a smart choice, as well as what compels people who might be sitting on the sidelines to jump in.”

The Switch will launch with just five titles on March 3rd: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, 1-2 Switch, Super Bomberman R, Skylanders Imaginators and Just Dance 2017. They’ll be followed up by additional titles throughout March, which include I Am Setsuna, Snipperclips, Fast RMX and Has-Been Heroes. Bigger hits, such as Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey, are only slated for later this year.

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Nintendo defends Switch launch line up

While Nintendo are making it clear that the long game is more important than the immediate impact of launch titles (something which almost every console launch has survived and thrived from), the number of games is still slightly distressing. Breath of the Wild is the real marquee title here, while 1-2 Switch could’ve easily been the pack-in game that the Switch is really missing. Nintendo have many other games in development for the Switch, but until E3 we’re likely not to hear much about them.

Is it enough to convince you to get a Switch on day one? Perhaps not, but Nintendo is intent on making the Switch feel a lot more fleshed out before the end of the year.

Last Updated: January 17, 2017

Alessandro Barbosa

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  • Guild

    And this is exactly why there is no need to buy at launch. I’ll give the Switch a good year or three before I consider it and hopefully it’s cheaper by then

  • HvR

    Think this is direct result of Nintendo’s weak vague play it safe Switch news conference last week.

    They didn’t wow the crowd so now the crowd is standing on the sidelines asking questions. This will kill the Switch.

    FFS Ninty stop playing defence and go balls to the wall. Tech specs, demo … freaking anything but defending retarded indecisions.

    PS – ever since that once E3 conference everytime I see Reggie first thing that pops up is muppet.

  • Hammersteyn

    According to Jim, the online service you need to pay for includes either one SNES or NES rom you can play for a month. But just for that month. You don’t get to keep the games as with XBOX Live and PS+. Did they look at MS in 2013 and thought to themselves they can do worse????????

    • Viper_ZA

      Maybe it’s high-time someone else buys them over. It is clear they don’t know what they are doing.

      • Hammersteyn

        Couldn’t believe it when I heard it.

      • Zander Boshoff

        I’m afraid pokemon go will make buying them over harder.

  • By the time there are enough games to make gamers happy VR headsets will be portable and make the Switch redundant.

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    Here’s my problem: Is Zelda really worth the cost of another console, when you can get the game on the Wii U as well?

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    For years, people mocked Microsoft for their hilarious boner reveal, but I think Nintendo has done the unthinkable, they’ve actually managed a reveal that’s worse.

  • That’s the actual game list for 2017 so far?


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