Lack of 3rd Party Announcements for Switch Due to Timing of Release

It’s no secret that one of the major criticisms of the Nintendo Switch is the lack of 3rd party games, specifically from western AAA studios. Analyst Hideki Yasuda wrote a piece for Game Industry Japan talking specifically about this and what the reasons are that he has heard from developers up to this point. He also relays some words that Shigeru Miyamoto stated about PC game porting.

In regards to western AAA games, Yasuda claims that the reason we didn’t see a ton of announcements is due to the timing of when the Nintendo Switch is releasing in March. Specifically because the launch of the system is just a couple months plus a week or two away from E3, when most western AAA studios choose to announce their new games. Essentially, this means that Nintendo could have a massive 3rd party presence for the Switch at E3, assuming all those confirmed studios are doing more than porting already released games.

Yasuda also relayed a statement he heard from Shigeru Miyamoto at a private event, where he is claiming that games built specifically for PC could be ported to the Nintendo Switch within one year. Of course, the ease of porting will depend on the intensity of the title, but it’s an interesting comment as you would assume in a year span you could successfully port any game to any system, with proper concessions taken into account.

Either way, it may not be fair to judge the 3rd party support for the Switch just yet, as E3 could paint a much rosier picture.


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  • Chris Jagucki

    I think it’s still too early to judge on the lineup. It’s pretty safe to say that there are quite a few games that have yet to be announced, including whatever Retro Studios has been working on. On a side note, Yooka-Laylee has just gone gold and will be released in April.

  • Fabrizio Silveri

    Especially after the WiiU, which has been given some credit by the western developers the first year before proving itself a fail, it’s perfectly understandable that this parties want to wait and see if the system sells.
    That said, I’d be pretty concerned if the E3 doesn’t bring some announcement, at lest of the very “basic” multiplatform games (i.e. FIFA, PES, CoD, assassin’s creed) which will sell on any platform.
    For once I might even buy a football game, because the idea of playing on the go with local multiplayer (which, I remind you, had never been done before on a single console) really amazes me!