The arrival of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 this week means a lot of third-party publishers are now also making the leap to the next generation. What does this mean for the Nintendo Switch, though?
According to company president, Shuntaro Furukawa, there’s no need to worry. During Nintendo’s six month financial briefing Q&A (which has now been translated to English) Furukawa reiterated how “other” software publishers were planning to release a “wide variety” of games for the Switch moving forward.
In the same response, he admitted how there are many genres of gaming that Nintendo is unable to make on its own (with a lot of third-party developers filling the void), and how sales for software by other publishers continue to increase.
“the fact is that sales of Nintendo Switch software are increasing both for Nintendo titles and titles by other software publishers, and we want Nintendo Switch to be a platform on which both can continue to sell well. ”
Earlier this year, it was revealed third-party game sales on the Switch had experienced an increase of more than 50% over the previous year. At the time, Furukawa noted how the growth of third-party titles was growing alongside the platform itself.
In saying this, Nintendo published releases are still the games that dominate sales on the hybrid platform – with the best-seller on the platform Mario Kart 8 Deluxe shifting 28.99 million as of September 2020. To our knowledge, third-party games are nowhere near this figure – still, we don’t expect other publishers to necessarily drop off anytime soon now that the device has sold 68.30 million units.
What third-party games would you like to see on the Switch moving forward? Do you expect the system to receive as much support from other publishers in the future? Share your thoughts below.