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  • Birthday 05/21/1985
  1. Cheers for the comparison figures of other systems. Strong launch so far, certainly, hopefully we'll see that continue over time, and see no real reason we won't. Do you happen to have the equivalent attach rate figures for this stage in their life cycle for any other systems?
  2. Pokemon Switch Getting Helmed By "Veteran" Pokemon Devs

    I can't help but wonder if there should be more new blood on the team, fresh ideas from people new to working on the franchise seemed to do Breath of the Wild a world of good, looking in from the outside, and Pokemon is going to be transitioning from a handheld RPG series that's been iteratively improving on a design originally made for a monochromatic 160x144 pixel screen to a console RPG series, albeit for a hybrid system, with this hardware change. I'm just wanting it to feel like a console RPG that I happen to be able to take on the go, rather than a handheld RPG that I happen to be able to play on my tv, I guess? And I'm honestly not sure how much needs to change to make that happen.
  3. For this to be true, I think they need to be winding down first party 3ds software support faster than I was anticipating. Which isn't a bad thing, imo, as much as I liked that system at the time. What we know is coming for the Switch from that direction in 2018, to my knowledge, are Kirby, Yoshi, and a Fire Emblem game. My speculation for what else I'd expect to see: On a corporate level, I think they'd want a mainline Animal Crossing title to come early 2018 to ride whatever boost in IP AC mobile gets, which is coming soon enough for a Direct to be dedicated to it tomorrow. With the multiplayer potential of a lot of the Switch's design, I think on a corporate level you want to see a minigame anthology a year - keep encouraging people to take the system to parties where it might be the only Switch for the free advertising that gives - so either Mario Party 11 or Wario Ware Switch. 2018 will be 3 years since Mario Maker, so I think we see either a sequel to that or a Maker game attached to a different IP. And Pikmin 4 was apparently 'very close to completion' in 2015. For things that might also be possibilities - ARMS was apparently meant to communicate an ongoing commitment to new IPs, Retro have been working in radio silence for the past few years, it's possible Pokemon Switch sneaks into 2018 but I feel 2019's more likely for that, and we might continue to see ports of Wii U games, if so I'd guess Smash 4, Tropical Freeze, Captain Toad, Mario 3d World, and Xenoblade X as the main candidates if we do. At least in the short term, then... It's plausible for there to be as many Nintendo games coming to the Switch for 2018 as came in 2017 Beyond that, it depends on how committed they are to the Switch verses continuing to bring software to the 3ds.