Nintendo’s biggest job over the next few months is getting people to buy a Switch. To do that, it needs to convince gamers that the games will be there when they pick up their console. With no games to play, it’s just a brick in your living room.
The Nintendo Switch does have games, but you can count the number of launch titles on a single hand. Some say this is a black eye on the console, I say it’s a relief from the usual barrage of games, and Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime says it’s not a big deal in an interview with CNET.
Launch day is not the be-all and the end-all.
Much like another wise man said, pacing is important when you’re entering a race late, and Nintendo can’t afford to flood its market right off the bat. Fils-Aime points towards the Wii U’s crowded launch line-up and the delay of the games people actually wanted, like Pikmin 3 and Star Fox Zero, as a sign of slow and steady winning the race.
It really is the steady pacing of content that continually reinforces for the people who bought into the platform why they made a smart choice, as well as what compels people who might be sitting on the sidelines to jump in.
Instead of every game being released in the first month, Nintendo plans to pace its best games over the course of an entire year.
Don’t worry, you still have PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to hold you over
If you’re reading this site and you want to buy a Nintendo Switch, chances are you might have a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC already available to you. This spring is lined up with amazing games on these platforms, everything from Gravity Rush 2 to Persona 5, and just because you buy a Nintendo Switch doesn’t mean your old consoles will vanish in a puff of smoke.
Buy your Switch enjoy Zelda, play something else for a while, come back when the newest Switch game comes out. That $300 is going to last you at least half a decade. Don’t expect instant results, and you’ll be just fine.
I bought my PlayStation 4 at launch, and I’m just starting to think it was a solid investment. If Nintendo can make the Switch seem worthwhile within a year, then it’s already won.