After experiencing a 17% drop in share price since a game-light E3, Nintendo’s outgoing president has used a recent earnings call to reassure investors that more Switch game announcements are coming before 2018 is through.
Although president Kimishima stated that he already believes Nintendo has a “powerful lineup” on its hands (as reported by DualShockers), he said that we should expect more details about the Switch‘s upcoming software lineup soon, and that these would help the company shift around 20 million of the consoles in this financial year.
This year’s E3 made it clear that Nintendo expected Super Smash Bros Ultimate to be a big enough draw for the console for this holiday, but the response from investors suggests that this alone won’t be enough. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! look fun, but they fall short of the mainline Pokémon game that we know is coming in the future.
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A momentum game
Nintendo has always tended towards making one definitive game per franchise, per console. While there are exceptions here and there, each of Nintendo’s consoles tends to get a single Mario Kart, a single Mario game, and a single Smash Bros. Doubling up on Zelda has been more common, but even then the franchise never comes close to seeing yearly entries.
We’d never wish for Nintendo to annualise its games, but now that we’ve already had a Zelda, a Mario, and a Mario Kart on the Switch, we’re going to have a while to wait for more entries, and Nintendo needs more franchises to fill the gaps.
We know that Metroid Prime 4 is in development, but there’s been no mention of Animal Crossing, Star Fox, or F-Zero yet.
That said, Bayonetta 3 is still yet to receive a release date, and that’s the kind of game that has the potential to be good enough to warrant a console purchase. The World Ends With You – Final Remix and Octopath Traveller are two big titles to come in 2018, and the Switch has a healthy library of indies, so there’s something to fill the void for now.
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