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2018 Slate for Switch: Nintendo Intends to Maintain Consistent Release Schedule

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From an interview with Yoshiaki Koizumi by 4GAMER, transcribed by Nintendo Everything:


"4Gamer closed out this section of the discussion by bringing up some concerns that Nintendo won’t be able to maintain its strong pace of software since so many mainstay games were brought out this year. However, Koizumi said that things are being constructing in such a way that the steady pace will be maintained. Also, Nintendo still has a number of IPs left. Koizumi added that there should be many third-parties that will look into the ways of using the console, so there is that to look forward to that as well."

I naturally made a video about this, which contains the rest of the transcribed text:

This brings us to... you folks. Thoughts? Concerns? Typical PR speak? 

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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.

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