Get ready Nintendo Switch fans, soon you will have a multitude of games coming your way.
In June Nintendo held it’s 78th annual general meeting of shareholders. A copy of the Q&A portion of the meeting where senior executives revealed a number of their future plans for Nintendo and the Nintendo Switch, has been provided to the industry by GamesIndustry.biz. A few key points of interest are:
When questioned about the direction Nintendo is going, Senior executive officer Susumu Tanaka advised “Looking to the future, we want to continue to develop and grow hardware-software integrated video game business centered around Nintendo-developed software…”
In that regard Nintendo is looking to their upcoming Super Nintendo World launch to bring more people into the Nintendo video game family. The theme park is expected to first be revealed in Universal Studios Japan before the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and then expand to the theme parks in Hollywood and Orlando.
Previous Nintendo consoles like the Wii U were not as accepting of indie titles, however when the Switch was developed Nintendo set up the environment to support Unity middleware, which is something used by mobile phones and other platforms. This will allow Nintendo to accept more indie titles. To confirm Nintendo’s desire to incorporate more indie releases, Senior executive officer Susumu Tanaka was quoted as saying “In the future, we are looking to release around 20 to 30 indie games on Nintendo Switch per week….”.
Nintendo Switch Online
As you may have already heard, in September Nintendo is set to officially launch Nintendo Switch Online, a paid subscription services for online play. Currently there are only a couple games, such as Fortnite and Splatoon2, with an online component, however Nintendo is also looking to increase the number of games with online content so as to make the Nintendo Switch Online paid service worth the investment. Additional details will be provided closer to launch.
Another question on the minds of shareholders and gamers alike is what about cross-platform play. When questioned about NIntendo’s initiatives for multi-platform titles, Senior Executive Officer Susuma Tanaka advised “We are inclined to do what we can to help publishers incorporate cross-play when that is what they want.” From this statement we can see that although Nintendo is not actively seeking out the ability of titles to be cross-platform, they are not opposed to working with developers to incorporate it in their games, if desired by the developer. This definitely gives hope that we may see more cross-platform titles with the Nintendo Switch.
What can we take away from the responses provided by Nintendo executives at the meeting? There is a lot to look forward to in the future with Nintendo and the Nintendo Switch.
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