The Nintendo Switch’s reveal last week was pretty great, but then again, I’m a sucker for any Mario and Zelda game that Nintendo dangles in front of my face. Many still had a lot of questions about the console after the show, and the most frequent among them was “What’s going to be available when the console launches?”
It takes a bit of digging, but the information is out there. On March 3, only five games are currently confirmed for a release alongside the console itself.
- Just Dance 2017
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Skylanders: Imaginators
- Super Bomberman
Likewise, six more games are expected for a release in the Spring with only Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sporting a solidified date on April 28.
- Has-Been Heroes
- I Am Setsuna
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Puyo Puyo Tetris
- Snipperclips, Cut It Out Together
The biggest game of note available in the summer is Splatoon 2.
The PlayStation 2 had a sparse launch line-up, too
Well, it’s safe to say what Nintendo wants you to be playing when the console comes out. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is clearly the highlight of the launch, and to think it would come out with less than a 30 percent attachment rate would be downright crazy. Some might say there aren’t enough games, but after the Wii U launched with 23 games alongside it, seeing what random games stick to the wall doesn’t exactly seem like a proven strategy.
In fact, the Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, and Game Boy, the most successful gaming platforms of all time, had lackluster launch line-ups as well. They instead slow-burned themselves to greater success with a rush of quality titles and proper timing.
Not saying that this definitely will happen with the Nintendo Switch, but this isn’t like Hollywood where success is determined by opening weekend. These machines are long term investments with lifespans that could cover half a decade. If Nintendo can find its groove, the sparse launch will seem only like a distant memory when its time comes to an end.
Besides, Breath of the Wild looks like it will hold gamers over for a few months until Arms and Splatoon 2 come out.