Nintendo Responds To Switch Lineup Criticism

Many people have been skeptical of the Nintendo Switch since it was first announced, and with the announcement of the portable console’s launch lineup, even more people are heaping their opinions onto the pile. So far, not many games have been announced for the launch, as well as for not too long after.

However, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has now weighed in, speaking at an earnings brief this week, acknowledging some of the criticisms that critics have of both the Nintendo Switch and its current lineup. Justifying the lineup, Kimishima spoke about releasing games at spaced out intervals instead of releasing a vast number of games at launch and having a long lull in releases for the console. In his words:

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.

The Nintendo Switch is set to have only 5 titles at launch.
The Nintendo Switch is set to have only 5 titles at launch.

This is somewhat similar to the Wii U’s launch, when Satoru Iwata offered a similar reasoning for the Wii U back in 2012. At the time, Iwata justified the lack of too many games at launch by saying:

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.

However, the main difference between the Wii U and the Switch is that the former had 23 games at launch, while the latter is set to have only 5 coming this March. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has shed some further light on the Switch’s launch lineup and spoken about the upcoming launch, saying:

Launch day is not the be-all and the end-all. 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’s launch lineup, as it currently stands, includes these games:

  • 1-2-Switch
  • Just Dance 2017
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Skylanders: Imaginators
  • Super Bomberman R

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