President Tatsumi Kimishima has discussed complaints about the Nintendo Switch launch lineup during the recent meeting with investors where Nintendo reported its latest earnings. He said one more time that the idea was to have a strong lineup throughout the entire 2017 and not just in the first month or the first few months, which is something I agree with to be honest.
“Here are the announced first-party titles that will follow the system launch, releasing through 2017 in Japan. Some of those who have seen this lineup have expressed the opinion that the launch lineup is weak,” Kimishima explained. “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.”
“For that reason, we will be releasing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, which is making its debut on the Nintendo Switch during the first half of 2017, and Splatoon 2, which attracted consumers’ attention most during the hands-on events in Japan, in summer 2017. We believe that these titles exemplify the concept of the Nintendo Switch, which is to be
able to play anywhere with anyone and at any time, and will expand and invigorate competition between players.”
Nintendo Switch is releasing on March 3 and the only first party titles to accompany it are The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, also dropping on Wii U, and mini-games collection 1-2 Switch.