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Kimishima on Switch stock, sales, and tease; Capcom and Koei Tecmo on support

Posted on October 30, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

The Wall Street Journal and Reuters have both passed along comments and notes from Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima. Following the release of the company’s financial results, Kimishima held a short press conference in which he spoke about Switch stock plus sales, and also teased what’s to come for console. Aside from what Kimishima had to say, Capcom and Koei Tecmo commented on their Switch support.

Here’s a roundup of everything:

Switch stock

– Kimishima apologized for the situation, saying the company’s forecast was too cautious
– Nintendo will make sure the item was well-stocked for the year-end holiday shopping season
– “Thanks to our component suppliers, who even opened up new production lines for the Switch, our ability to ship the console has improved drastically.”
– “We’ve boosted Switch production to meet strong demand as it was difficult for customers to buy the consoles at retail stores.”

Switch sales

– Kimishima is confident Switch’s sales momentum would accelerate after the holiday season
– “The true power of the Switch would be tested during the upcoming holiday season.”
– “The top priority for us when we release smartphone games is to lure more new users to the Switch.”

Switch tease

– Nintendo is preparing game software that provides Switch users with new “experiences”
– The software has the potential to attract new users and boost sales
– “We will introduce more ways to have fun with the Switch next year, and we expect those will further strengthen demand for the Switch.”

Capcom’s Switch support

– A company spokeswoman said releasing older games on a new console is normal procedure for third-party software developers because there isn’t enough time to make new games for a console within a year of its launch

Koei Tecmo

“We bet big on the Switch as a game changer so we began making games before the Switch’s launch, but many software companies showed reluctance in releasing Switch games before they witnessed the current success.” – Koei Tecmo’s Yoichi Erikawa

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  • Vigilante_blade

    Hey, Koei, release an FE Warriors with a better cast. Please.

    • Roto Prime

      DLC lol

      • Vigilante_blade

        Problem is, the DLC is not from the classic games. They are keeping the characters we want for sequels.

        • Roto Prime

          Yeah, maybe FE Warrior 2 if it does happen…

          • Strawman

            Don’t keep your hopes up, I doubt FE:W has sold well-enough for that.

          • Roto Prime

            Yeah, kind of my point lol -___- should have just had all the dlc and everything in the game since day one.

          • Indielink

            The DLC probably isn’t done yet man.

          • Roto Prime

            True, true…

          • Strawman

            To add on to what Indielink said, they did apparently say, that future DLC would be fan-driven.

          • Vigilante_blade

            They also did say Roy and Ike would be kept for sequels.

          • Strawman

            We’ll see what turns out to be true, won’t we?

          • Vigilante_blade

            They flat out told us…

          • Strawman

            Not all spoken words hold true in the end, Vigilante.

          • Vigilante_blade

            True, but they kept mentioning a sequel over and over again, even with Lyn being part of the next story.

    • Good Lord! You’re still complaining?

      • Vigilante_blade

        Good lord! You’re still asking pointless questions?

    • Lol FEW 2?

      • Vigilante_blade

        I would appreciate a sequel, yeah. I want to kick some butt as Roy and Ike, maybe even Soren.

        • Depend of sales of FEW.

          • Vigilante_blade

            Honestly, to me, it feels like they know these characters would sell gangbusters and so they are strategically keeping them away from this game to have a selling point for the sequel.

          • True, I wonder why they wouldn’t add these character your mentioned?

          • Vigilante_blade

            I think they were intentionally keeping them out since they could be marketed to sell the next game. One Ike is essentially going to driv emroe hype than 30 Awakening and Fates characters just because of his insane popularity.

          • Ohh I see, but they should add at least Ike to sale more the game, seems the numbers are not going well. well let hope the next FEW 2 will better.

    • Eder García

      Ike and Roy?

  • Roto Prime

    “The top priority for us when we release smartphone games is to lure more new users to the Switch.”…..Iwata-sama plan since day zero, hey was truly a master <3

    • I’m ok if mobile games are not pushing you to expend money.

      • Roto Prime

        Nintendo is advertising there games and systems and gets payed for it!!

        • Sure why not, if Nintendo want advertsing they would allow YouTubers stream gameplay and easy copyright restrictions.

          • Roto Prime

            That one I don’t know about….

          • Itks ok was just an opinion, good day sir!

  • Strawman

    “– Nintendo is preparing game software that provides Switch users with new “experiences”

    – The software has the potential to attract new users and boost sales

    – “We will introduce more ways to have fun with the Switch next year,
    and we expect those will further strengthen demand for the Switch.”

    Holding my heart, and keeping expectations to freezing- with that one.

    “Capcom’s Switch support

    – A company spokeswoman said releasing older games on a new console
    is normal procedure for third-party software developers because there
    isn’t enough time to make new games for a console within a year of its
    launch”

    We’re talking Capcom, I don’t even expect anything from them anymore.

    “The true power of the Switch would be tested during the upcoming holiday season.”

    Pretty sure portability is tested and true, since actual power is well-known to be “meh” at best.

    • SpectralDynamite

      Pretty sure he was speaking figuratively on that last one.

      • Strawman

        Even so, what would this “Power” be? The ability to sell, and tested during the holiday season when most of the sales happen?

        • Andrew Breneman

          Yes. He is stating that the viability of the system is going to be tested during a period where people are likely to buy ALL console hardware.

          • Strawman

            We’ll see what happens then, how well portability carries the Switch through, if not it’s exclusives.

        • SpectralDynamite

          I would assume that to be the case.

    • SpectralDynamite

      I honestly feel kinda bad for the spokeswoman, having to speak for Capcom as they’re shooting themselves in the foot.

      • Strawman

        Time to become spokeswoman of a different company 😛

        • SpectralDynamite

          Now there’s a thought…

  • DrWilly

    Capcom full of sh*t as usual.

    • GadgetXJ9

      Took the words right out of my mouth. Literally rolled my eyes.

  • Ryosuke Yamada

    “releasing older games on a new console is normal procedure for third-party software developers” – Capcom

    Is this a joke? No Megaman, no Disney, no Okami. I don’t mind company half-assing a new game on a new console to test the water, but Capcom managed to half-ass rereleasing old games on the Switch. How that is possible I will never know.

    • Exy

      Don’t want to forget that on top of failing to properly re-release old games on Switch within its first year, they bent over backwards to re-release an SNES game in 2017.

  • theFooFighter

    I fully expect tecmo to release a ton of switch games old and new. Capcom on the other hand can suck a d!ck, I’ll believe it when I see it which will probably be after a few more of their PS4 releases flop

    • Strawman

      Or maybe MH:W sells like hot-cakes and they just jump aboard Sony’s boat to bank their cheques until the end of time.

      • theFooFighter

        Are you really willing to bet on that after sf5 and MVC infinite? I feel like mh world will beat them both but still fall short of the 3ds games which will hurt even more considering the rise in development costs.

        • Strawman

          I’m willing to bet that Capcom isn’t in touch enough with the sane world to make good decisions on that front 😛

        • Jaxon Holden

          No, it’ll surpass the 3DS releases. 1 mil in Japan, another 4 million in the west across 3 platforms. 5 million total and at $60 each instead of $40.

          Granted the increase in development costs will probably offset some of that but it will be at least as profitable as 3DS entries. Although it may have taken far more manpower and a few more years to make it happen.

          Regardless they are leaving money on the table by not selling to the portable market, both in Japan, and in the west.

          • theFooFighter

            There’s no way. It’s going to do nothing on xbox, like 300k give or take. PC you’re probably looking at somewhere around 750k. Then PS4 probably 1.5 million and I’m basing this off the sales of other major Japanese releases on those platforms.

          • DrWilly

            Are you kidding? MH World won’t sell more than 3 million WW and that’s at best case scenario for Capcom.

          • Tide

            3 million does seem rather high. I could see it hitting 1-2 million early on but sales will likely flatline if they don’t advertise it well enough in other regions.

          • Stuart

            I believe MH:W will do well,but IMO a few things will affect the sales. The biggest being the Xone version. The chances of that version flopping are stupid high,is a platform that almost does not exist in Japan (the biggest market for MH) and even in the west there isn’t really an big audience for japanese games on Xone,that public already moved on to PS4 and Switch.

            Japanese games have been doing pretty bad lately on Xone,MH:W have a huge chance to follow that path.

          • Tide

            It’s possible. PS4 will draw a new serious crowd but it’ll lose the casual mobile crowd. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.

            Personally im worried and will be holding off my purchase. With Capcom turning Monster Hunter into a real triple A franchise im fully expecting DLC and microtransactions will be coming soon. If they turn it into another money hungry GaaS then i have no interest.

      • GadgetXJ9

        Because MH:W is clearly a Sony exclusive.

        • Strawman

          Never said that, but Sony is deeply involved with that game. Just look at where the most marketing is, if there’s a trailer on whose account that is, and who is really pushing the game.

      • Wanderlei

        They sacrificed monster hunter to make westernised version thats not portable. When its major fanbase is portable mad japan. Its going to bomb hard.

        • Strawman

          Last I heard, Japan was going just as crazy as the West over this game, since Sony is doing all they can to market the hell out of it.

          • Wanderlei

            There is not that many ps4’s in people hands in Japan. A huge portion there are also upset by the platform change, or rather platform exclusion that Sony paid for.

          • Strawman

            That’s not what I heard, but the sales will prove what happens as is. Even if Japan let’s it bomb, that doesn’t matter if the West goes insane over it in their stead, and it definitely seems to be the case.

          • Wanderlei

            Monster Hunter will not be a big AAA game in west, which is what Capcom are trying to make it. It is and always will be a niche title. They have simply spent way more to produce a game that is going to sell less. When all this backfires they will have plenty of interest going back to Nintendo platforms.

          • Strawman

            You can’t be sure of that. The PS crowd has been waiting for MH to return to the platform all this time, and the PC guys will love it, granted that the port is done well.

            It CAN backfire, but it can also succeed and give MH a new rise in the West, since if this game does massively succeed, it will probably set a new standard.

            If both of these aforementioned crowds dig in, then it’ll be successful.

    • Exy

      “There isn’t enough time to make new games for a console within a year of its launch”
      THE EVALUATION SHALL CONTINUE.

      • Strawman

        Maybe they should evaluate the kind of sales they’re missing in both the West and Japan with this attitude eh? 😛

        • Exy

          It’s so amusing to me that an offhand comment they made that I’m dragging out as a meme to entertain myself and no one else is still holding up with these interviews even months later.

  • ShonenJump

    Lol the spokeswoman from Capcom. Youchi probably hit a nerve on that woman XD

    • R.Z.

      Poor thing they sent out to the frontline to take all the flak.

  • Ser2k2

    Capcom gonna Capcom.

  • Gamingfan

    Next year is when the true test starts.

    • What kind of test?

      • Gamingfan

        If it keeps selling like this.

        • I’m concerning might Metroid 4 or Pokémon isn’t coming up, even they release these two games will be on Q4, that picture I highly doubt.

  • Kikiki899

    Koei Tecmo! Ninja Gaiden Trilogy On Nintendo Switch Please!

    • R.Z.

      That !

      Also DoA.

  • Stuart

    What Capcom said was pure B U L L S H I T.

    1 – they know about the Switch for way more than 1 year. They were the ones to give feedback to Nintendo while Switch was still in planing process.

    2 – NIS America got Disgaea 5 running on Switch in a month. How long would honestly take to port a game like Disney Collection or Megaman Legacy Collection 2? It would take more than a year? I don’t think so.

    3- They have PLENTY of time to announce SEVERAL projects for PS4/Xone in 1 year frame. Why would be a trouble to announce just a few of those on Switch, even if it was for next year?

    4 – They didn’t had a problem in launching titles forst year on PS4.

    5- When don’t know for sure, but I assume Bethesda did not started working on Doom on Switch for more than a year. Again,we are not sure,but again,how hard would be for Capcom to port a few of their obvious titles.

    6 – About Monster Hunter for west. Don’t have time localizing that one too?

    • Mark

      I’m pretty sure that the reason we’re not seeing retro game collections on Switch other than NeoGeo is in part due to whatever Nintendo’s planning on doing with their legacy games. There’s no good reason for Capcom to bar them from the Switch and a wider audience who has a proven love for these games.

      • Stuart

        But then there is the 3DS/New 3DS. The first Megaman Collection even got a bundle and a special amiibo. Even on 3DS have a huge audience for those classic games that Capcom ignored.

        • Mark

          Ehh… OK, yeah, good chance that I’m wrong there. You, JJ, and Tyson make good points.

      • JJ

        Makes no sense, since both Neo Geo and Nintendo Arcade games are released on Switch.

      • Tyson

        What about Namco Museum?

    • Reggie

      I can partially see why Disney Collection would have some trouble, but Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 is hard to wrap my head around. Unless this is Sony’s doing again.

  • Mark

    Again, looking forward to what that “more ways to play” comment is all about. That’s language which Nintendo usually only brings out to talk about hardware, accessories, or other input/output methods. I wonder if we’ll see new Joy-Cons, or see either the first inkling of VR or AR. That entire market has been dead for Sony so far, but with a really solid quality first-party Nintendo game behind it, there might be some life in the market. And considering the recent updates that Nintendo has made to the Switch to make it compatible with accessories, I think that we’re going to see accessories next year that introduce new types of games.

  • Dakt

    KT bringing the bantz against Capcom

  • Amethyst Gaze

    Kudos to KT

  • GoldenTriforce

    With both MHXX & SFII meeting Capcom’s expectations I think we will see a good chunk more multiplats and exclusives (*eh em Monster Hunter*) next year.

  • awng782

    “…but many software companies showed reluctance in releasing Switch games before they witnessed the current success.” – Koei Tecmo’s Yoichi Erikawa

    Shots fired, Capcom…

    • Strawman

      I bet they still have plenty of that reluctance left, even now.

      • awng782

        If Capcom is still reluctant at this point, then they are just stupid.

        • Strawman

          Genuine question: Do you think Capcom’s games coming for Switch inspire any genuine confidence?

          Personally, I’d go with absolutely not.

          • Exy

            What games?

          • Strawman

            Touche.

          • awng782

            Of the games they have announced so far? No.

            Future game announcements? We’ll have to wait and see.

  • FireThunder25

    Well, it’s official: I have more respect for Koei Tecmo than Capcpcom could ever get by this point. If they honestly think that an updated SNES game that’s been updated numerous times already, a port of a 3DS game that didn’t make it stateside, and two ports with additional mini-games count as competent support, and not even think about porting or releasing games that makes sense for the system, they have another thing coming.

  • Radish

    Lmao! I love how Koei Tecmo’s statement reads like it was directed at Capcom.

    • Or pretty much directed to any third-party that’s doing what Capcom is doing now.

      • Radish

        Yeah lol it’s just funny reading the quotes from Koei and Capcom next to each other. It’s almost as if they were in the same room xD

  • I’m telling ya, there definitely needs to be a serious shakeup in who’s running the show at Capcom; after the continued success of the Switch which we have just seen with Nintendo earnings report, they can’t keep this up forever..

    • amak11

      I mean like Sony is keeping the lights on over at Capcom so it makes sense

  • Lightning Zen

    Capcom that doesn’t stop other companies making new games on Y1 Switch.

  • Pepperkeet

    Nintendo treats mobile games like offering candy to kids
    then take them for a ride in the switch van
    haha

  • Note to other major 3rd party companies……..take the Koei Tecmo and Bethesda approach. From the start they supported the Switch heavily and this is why I wish them along with Take Two and Square Enix all the best. I’m looking forward to seeing more 3rd parties who were hesitant before to join the Switch train

    • Pretty much this; it’s just a matter of time. There’s no ignoring it now; third-parties better start making the right decisions about what’s best for their companies.

  • Princess_Eevee9

    Maybe it’s just me(usually is) but Capcom having some stupid random spokeswoman give us the corporate bull this go’round we as gamers would be more understanding of the continued backstabbing? Like they totally didn’t have Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate all ready to go for Japan’s Wii U hype launch, and a whole friggin’ year to work on getting to the Nintendo Switch with the port for Monster Hunter: DoubleCross(fitting title for said backstabbing) and then try and play victims. I mean KONAMI of all people managed to make a completely new game ready for the Nintendo Switch’s launch with no base made, and Capcom couldn’t? Lawl yeah right, plz.

    • DeltaPeng

      Likely it isn’t that companies can’t do it, but they might see it as too risky. If the sales numbers on WiiU were low, then they scale back for the next console release

      • Princess_Eevee9

        And yet. They were all more than ready to support the 3DS all throughout it’s life, mostly when it was printing money but so even after the PS4 came out. The Nintendo Switch is printing money, loads of developers & companies (even after seeing the Wii U) committed their time to this system. This whole “developers get a pass cause the Wii U” thing is stupid and gamers need to find a new excuse. Didn’t stop Platinum from allowing Nintendo to help fund them for Bayonetta 2 then commit to The Wonderful 101. There are others, not many yet, but honestly not worth the effort.

  • ben

    So Animal Crossing for switch is probably already finished.

  • Wanderlei

    Koei Tecmo BTFO Crapcom

  • Locky Mavo

    What a load of BS from Capcom. Capcom was one of, having the most time out of most 3rd party developers to bring games to the Switch. Hell, they were literally apart of the Switch’s development. Even if you give them the benefit of the doubt when it comes to “not able to bring new games at launch”, so what’s the excuse for the brain dead easy ports or as they put it “releasing of older games”, that hasn’t happened and not bring current games in development to the Switch? smh