The Nintendo Switch had a rather interesting 2018 in terms of software. Because on one hand, they had major releases like Mario Tennis Aces, Octopath Traveler, Super Mario Party, Kirby Star Allies, Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, and of course, Super Smash Bros Ultimate. But 2019 is potentially aiming to have an even bigger turnout. During the recent financial briefing for Nintendo, some of the leaders came forward to talk about the future of the system.
In addition to the titles we have already announced for scheduled release in 2019, we’re also preparing for releasing software titles which would delight consumers including one that is good fit for Nintendo Switch Online. As developers, we are always thinking about how we come up with seeds of entertainment that consumers are going to enjoy, and how to grow it to new products. I would like to continue developing and releasing such products in the future as well.
Shigeru Miyamoto was also there, and he noted that it’s not just about getting the games done, or “hiring more teams”, it’s about making sure the teams make the best games possible:
I have a very positive attitude about R&D investment. Because we are cooperating with other companies on software development, weʼre working on a larger scale than what can be handled solely within the company in terms of managing software development. But even as we expand the development scale, it is important that we will firmly maintain the Nintendo-made quality of the software. I know some people say we just need to hire more developers. We arenʼt merely focused on increasing development staff, but we are focusing on nurturing more developers adequately within Nintendo.
It’s going to be very interesting to see how the Nintendo Switch does in 2019, and what surprises Nintendo has in store for its gamers.