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Kimishima on Switch’s momentum compared to Wii and more

Posted on January 14, 2018 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch, Wii

We’ve heard Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima say that the new worldwide sales target for Switch this fiscal year is 20 million units. That would surprise the previous target by about 1.4 times.

Speaking with Mainichi, Kimishima said: “In order to be playable in the long term, the second year is crucial. Our task is to add more users, including people who barely touch game consoles.” He also said Nintendo has to expand the game library, take in new players, and raise the Switch as “a game console with long lifespan.”

Kimishima was later asked by Mainichi if Switch’s sales numbers can surpass the highly popular Wii. Although there may be some differences based on the region, he believes overall worldwide momentum is rivaling the Wii era. The point that a home console game which is playable in the long-term can be played anywhere at the home or even brought outside has been received very well. Nintendo has reached most of the people who were early adopters because they really like Nintendo’s games.

When asked if this momentum can continue, Kimishima said Nintendo’s games are focused on the family demographic. In the future, different sorts of genres will be covered by third-parties, which will help expand the system’s user base. Other companies may also be able to release game consoles that are more interesting, so if Nintendo doesn’t think of new ways to play, the momentum could come to a halt right away.

Mainichi also pointed out how people have been saying that the ebb and flow / rise and fall in the games industry is rather extreme. In response, Kimishima noted how any good thing can eventually be forgotten. Also, there is a possibility in the future that the method to deliver surprises to customers may change. To equalize earnings, it is important to always maintain unique ideas.

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  • Roto Prime

    Please fix the Joy cons like the new pro controllers, thank you Kimishima….

    • Morian

      What’s your issue? My Joycons have broken thumbsticks.

      • Jack Red

        What did you do to your thumbsticks to break them?

        • Morian

          Late but…

          I did nothing. Both thumbsticks looks and feels normal, but they move on their own in-game. It’s so annoying, the character and the camera spin around with no end.

          • Jack Red

            Try resetting the joy-cons.

          • Roto Prime

            Sounds like a connection issue, happens to me randomly too

      • Roto Prime

        Connection issues…sent every color in to fix, nothing changed, got the Xenoblade 2 pro controller, first controller to have no connection issues.

        • ShonenJump

          Sometimes for me it connects then suddenly disconnect the joy cons and sometimes it works perfectly. It’s getting frustrating when my friends/family comes over and gets this issue

          • Roto Prime

            Yes, it happens So often it blows…This never happened with any Nintendo System before ;___; Wii wireless was flawless!!!

    • Edwin Vel

      What are you talking about? The Joycons are great

      • Roto Prime

        connection issues..

        • James

          Do you dock your switch behind your TV in any amount?

          • Roto Prime

            No, anything you can think of I have done. They have problems, they can be fixed with a better antenna. Maybe it might happen. I returned the Splatoon pro controller after going through five of them, they all had problems. I even have two Nintendo Switch systems, they both have the same problem. bought a new Nintendo Switch for a day last month, still have the problem,

          • James

            There is a known left joycon issue that Nintendo really fixes. Same with the Pro controller D-pad issue, Nintendo fixes and returns very quickly. If you have that many problems, you’re either extremely unlucky or untruthful.

          • Roto Prime

            Oh snap! you caught me, i’m lying, the joy cons have no connection issues, everything ever posted online about it is fake. Nintendo has no reason to address the problem like they did in the imaginary fix to the pro controller……I am a big lair.

          • dbizal

            I still have issues also. Even sent it back to be ‘repaired’, I literally only use my joycons in portable mode.

          • Roto Prime

            Naa bro, your lying too just like me. All jokes aside, I sent all 12 joy cons to Nintendo, fixed nothing….too lazy to mod/ add antenna to fix the problem, for $80 a pair I hope the one coming out next week fixes it!!

          • James

            It’s as if you read nothing I wrote, except “lying.” – Good job buddy. You is smart at things.

            Another Playstation or Xbox fan boy hating on the Switch’s dominance in 2017. Get a life.

          • Roto Prime

            Oh snap, we got sherlock holmes up in here my dudes, I have been found out, I’m a playstation fanboy!!! I have to leave Nintendo everything in shame now….

          • Aline Piroutek

            I bought my Switch 2 weeks ago and I have some disconnections of few time(less than a second) with it. It is crucial in rhythm games like Rudmical.

          • Roto Prime

            Try playing a game with motion aiming, it is a nightmare!!!!

          • R.Z.

            Have you looked into potential interferences with the wavelenghts used by the Switch in your living room environment ?

          • Dustin

            motion aiming? what games use that right now? ill maybe avoid them if you are saying the connection issues are that bad while playing them. Although I haven’t noticed any issues in connectivity with my present games but I do definitely believe those issues are present as there are numerous forum posts pointing these issues out.

          • R.Z.

            No, it’s about the bluetooth connections with the controllers, I heard some other devices using the same wavelenghts can cause interferences messing up the signal.

          • Roto Prime

            Um…I have my Tv and two Nintendo Switch next to each other. Mostly have been play Resident Evil Rev multiplayer. Nothing else around, no fish tank (lol). I did get a new Pro controller (Xenoblade 2) and it works perfectly so far. I am sure its the crappy antenna Nintendo has inside the joy con….I want to do the copper mod….but feel too lazy being that each controller cost $80 -____-

          • Roto Prime

            Um…I have my Tv and two Nintendo Switch next to each other. Mostly have been play Resident Evil Rev multiplayer. Nothing else around, no fish tank (lol). I did get a new Pro controller (Xenoblade 2) and it works perfectly so far. I am sure its the crappy antenna Nintendo has inside the joy con….I want to do the copper mod….but feel too lazy being that each controller cost $80 -____-

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/234262926a1f6f3f036a3427d15b96906af99a096fe55bd1ff05c7d6abd64c4e.jpg

          • Apfel

            Is that a Virtual Boy?

          • Roto Prime

            Yes <3, my Nintendo Switch Guardian!!!

          • Apfel

            I have my boxed Virtual Boy bought in Super Potato in Kyoto 🙂

          • Roto Prime

            ok, I’m jelly now >.<

          • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

            An advice: I had your same problem before and it was the position of the dock, I modded the antenna but It did not help haha I tried a lot of different places but finally found a good spot where BT :
            1- Don’t set the dock in perpendicular position respect the TV, try to set it up in paralel.It seems that the switch emits with more power to the front which makes sense because is suppose where you should be located in tabletop mode.
            2- Try to set it below the TV not behind or to a side.

            PS: Nice virtual boy overthere

          • Roto Prime

            Thanks Fredy <3 I once used a Super Long HDMI I had and placed the dock in between my legs. Still have the same problem, I hope they fix it soon. Even after sending them all in to Nintendo they still had problems.

            Thank you for telling me about the antenna mod. You saved me much time and money…..I was scared and too lazy to do it….

          • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

            oh sad to ear that you put in your legs and it had problems. Maybe you are in a high interference zone or something. do you have a lot of bluetooth devices in the zone?

          • Roto Prime

            Just another Switch, I don’t even own a cell phone lol. I sure they can fix the problem, my Xenoblade 2 pro controller is flawless!!! So there is hope…

          • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

            Good to hear that your pro controller is flawless, mine normal pro controller were always the better one, my gray joycons were the worse ones and the yellow ones were something in the middle

          • Roto Prime

            LOL, I have the same problem with the yellow one as well, some days flawless, some days bad >.< I play….played a ton of Salmon Run local but stopped. I hope this months Joy con release is perfect, fingers crossed!!!!

    • PachterStation

      Won’t be long until Sony releases a Switch clone. Although the Switch borrows ideas from the PSP. Play on the go or plug it into your TV. The Switch was rushed out which is why the build quality is average and the Joycons are crap and massively overpriced.

      • Roto Prime

        If Nintendo adds better antennas there won’t be a problem anymore. I hope sony does make another handheld so they can lose even more money.

  • Pepperkeet

    and nothing of value was said, he should have specified wtf is their plan for the 2nd half of this year…

    • The Nintendo Boy

      Yeah, I know. It isn’t like they have at least two big Directs and one big E3 conference each year detailing their plans for the year.

    • Lance Devon

      Like they did with the January Switch event last year… Wait.

  • hiru

    Not gonna lie I was ready to stop being a console gamer and just play games on my mobile phone but the Switch revitalized my console gaming spirit. I’ve never played on a console like I played the Switch ever in my life.

    • Aimee

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    • Aline Piroutek

      Television exclusive gameplay is overrated

      • AJK

        Our ps4 is pretty much just a blueray player now. Playing games shackled to the tv only feels really outdated. Plus most of the games I want to play on ps4 are far better on my pc. I don’t mind playing a scaled down Doom on a portable machine but playing a scaled down port in ps4 and still being forced to sit in front of the tv us far too restrictive for the downgrade.

        • Force

          I can see what side of the “hybrid” you’re on.

          • Edwin Vel

            Not really. Computers are far more flexible than televisions. Laptops in particular are portable, and computers are a necessary item regardless of whether you play video games regularly or not. I don’t see any hypocrisy there.

            Anyway, the Switch has marked my return to console gaming as well 🙂

          • Force

            We’re talking computers in gaming terms. Far from a lot of people actually own a strong gaming rig, due to the expenses involved. Computers as a general apparatus are something else entirely, since a computer for just general stuff will set you back, what? 500/600? and that’s a lot. A gaming PC is 1200+.

            A laptop is also a different beast, since that’s a portable computer and that’s not what AJK mentioned.

            Has marked your return to handheld gaming you mean? That’s great for you, there’s plenty of titles to benefit from the handheld part.

          • Edwin Vel

            Computers as a general apparatus is not irrelevant to this discussion. Since many people have a computer, regardless of whether it is a gaming computer or not, it’s appealing for many people to forgo getting a console when they can just play games on their computer. If you’re not satisfied with console gaming that is restricted to a television, you may opt to play games on a device you already have.

            And no, I meant what I said. The Switch and my reasons for purchasing it are not limited to the handheld aspect.

          • Force

            I cannot fathom why people are content with the Switch’s docked performance. The majority of money one pays for a Switch, is to have games on the go. For that, it is unparalleled, but for the home-console experience, it’s only great for exclusives.

            Anyone that owns said computer would do better to buy their multiplats on there, IF of course, they don’t use portability.

            And in regards to those consoles, there are always the exclusives to draw people in. There are still 70 million PS4 and I think around 20? million Xbox owners out there.

          • Edwin Vel

            Well, I cannot fathom why you’re not satisfied with the docked performance. I’m beyond satisfied. But we’ll just have to agree to disagree on that.

            I’d like to point out that the Switch isn’t just more portable in terms of it’s handheld functionality. It’s also easier to take the Switch to a friend’s house and plug it into their TV than it is to do the same with other consoles. It’s the versatility of the Switch that is most appealing. You can play it as a handheld or plug it into a TV to enjoy a larger screen or play with friends.

            I also disagree that it’s only great for exclusives. Exclusives are definitely a great way to draw people into a console, but plenty of great games are not exclusive to a particular console. Exclusives are one of the most important factors for a console, but to say it’s the only factor is simply not true. A lot of people either cannot afford or simply do not desire to purchase more than one console, so exclusive titles aren’t more important than how much you enjoy the console’s experience as a whole.

            I’m not saying XBox and PlayStation are now defunct. I don’t think anyone thinks that. But what I am saying is that many people aren’t satisfied with the gaming experience of those consoles, and the Switch tackles a lot of the reasons why, hence it’s massive sales and overwhelmingly positive reception.

          • Force

            Sure, the dock is small and light, and the Switch is easily portable. I can see that argument.

            Why I’m not satisfied? When I dock my Switch, I expect the issues one encounters playing handheld to not be issues when playing docked. This is not the case.

            Nintendo has a whole slew of exclusives for any one of their given consoles, and in the case of Switch, given one doesn’t use portability it is the main, most important one. I look at multiplats from a logic perspective, when one has another system to play them on, and it is logically unwise to buy them on Switch for docked play, simply because the games are bound to not look/run as well as they do on the other machine you own.

            I’ve heard the argument of the Switch being a great companion console quite a bit, so there’s a fair amount of people who have 2 systems, it seems.
            So people don’t want separate systems anymore? Is that what you’re alluding to? I still see plenty of sales for separate systems, and I see that as a good thing. Home-console and handheld people want different things from their machines. Home-console one buys for exclusives, next-gen games and to be sure all the games run on that system (requires expensive upgrading in PCs) A handheld you buy for handheld games, I’ve seen plenty of people excuse an entire game on Switch due to it being portable, so I doubt they care about the faults of a game.

          • AJK

            Even a moderately priced rig is capable of a far better gaming experience than the PS4 or Xbox 1. My housemate has a £500 pc from 2014 and can run games at a far better frame rate and graphic setting than the PS4

          • Paddy Alfan

            but of course at that price any multiplats with respectable port should perform better on your mate pc. a base ps/xbox/switch only cost what? 200? around half the cost.
            throw in xbox s 4k blluray capabilities and it will throw your mate pc out of the windows with win10 choppy and shady 4k bluray playback (let alone spent another 200 for a 4k bd drive)

          • JuZNyC

            Where are you finding these console prices? The Xbox one is $200, I’m seeing the PS4 for $249 at the cheapest and I just bought a switch a couple weeks ago for $300.

          • AJK

            His pc was £500 in 2014. You could build his pc now for around £300

          • AJK

            For he best version of those games yes. But even playing on my PC isnt ideal now as I have a very busy life with lots of commuting. The Switch really has changed theway I want to game now, same with loads of my friends.

          • Force

            Goes to show, a good game experience takes a back seat to convenience. I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up with broken and buggy games soon since people will happily take less so long as it’s portable.

          • AJK

            Thats a really weird view. It didn’t happen when the DS was around, and it became the 2nd highest selling games console of all time. Same with 3ds…there are some really solid games on the 3ds. Every games console ever released has had buggy and bad ports.

          • Force

            I doubt it’s hard to make games for 3DS. It’s a part of the reason why people preferred developing for 3DS over Vita, along with outright price.

          • Nhat Anh Hoang

            Not really, vita have more games (1502) than 3ds (1236)

          • Force

            Oh? At every comparison video, I see people flock in to attack MichaelC for stating the obvious, and he’s not even mentioning issues like frame-drops or errors. Keep that up, and developers will stop bothering to quality insure their games on Switch. Take less, and that’s what you will get.

          • AJK

            People tend to vote with their wallets. Its why games that have been badly ported so far haven’t sold well, whereas games like Skyrim and Doom which are really good ports do. You are clearly a bit salty. Its funny though watching people like you as you realise that most people don’t think like them 🙂

          • Force

            Fifa is missing a feature, plenty of people complained about that. Sure doesn’t stop if from being in the Eshop top though.

            I know most people don’t think like me, but your selfish, demanding sort will destroy gaming as we know it with your demand for everything to be catered and adjusted to you.

          • Aline Piroutek

            lol, “Force” is taking everything to say “TV MASTER RACE”

          • Force

            Then maybe you should focus on that busy life, and not demand games while doing it? Take your free-time for that? Or is that a sin these days?

          • AJK

            You are really weird. Why shouldn’t I use my train journeys for gaming when there’s a fantastic console that lets me do that?

          • Force

            To your cramped mind and perception perhaps. Don’t you see that you and all like you demanding this you’ll force everything in the hybrid direction? How can they push games if they’re forced to make them for those hybrids to make good money? Unless tech speeds up fast enough, we’ll get a halt on the progress of game-development!

          • AJK

            ‘Cramped mind and perception’. You sound like a post on r/iamverysmart

          • Force

            Tell me, have you ever considered that the Switch, as a hybrid, is left wanting on the side you don’t use?

            No of course not. Because it doesn’t matter to you.

          • AJK

            The other consoles (ps4 and xbone) are hardly pushing gaming tech though. They are less powerful than a mid range pc from 2014. The Switch offers something that people like. Choice. The future of an industry is built upon versatility as much as it is on specification.

          • Force

            Portability helps gain one sales, but will it also allow one to play the next generation of games? No. Portability is the Switch’s sole reason to downgrade ports for in that regard, and what’s wrong with wanting more reasons than just that?

            Nintendo could fix that with a supplemental computing device, the likes of their patent: http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2016/04/nintendos_supplemental_computing_device_patent_is_cleared_for_completion But will they? No, of course not, because they’re paranoid that people view the console as “less portable” ( http://letsplayvideogames.com/2016/10/report-nintendo-switch-dock-doesnt-support-external-usb-drives/ ) due to it, ensuring that the dock is merely a converter and that docked play will never improve.

            I’m asking that the Switch be more than the best handheld, and also is able to offer a good experience as docked, if not graphically, then at least by stable frames, but it cannot even do that most of the time.

          • Nhat Anh Hoang

            Yeah, they should make a stronger Switch which is $400 or even $500 at launch to match ps4/xbox 1 power easily.

          • Force

            The problem with the Switch as portable, is also that games are limited by battery. Make a game aimed at portable, and the quality suffers. Make a game aimed at docked, and you barely have any battery. The Switch isn’t at the sweet-spot yet where compromises aren’t a thing.

            I see plenty of people complaining about the battery life AND about how it’s not as portable as they’d like. It’s a rough start.

          • AJK

            A rough start? It’s sold more than every consoles first year EVER except the ps2. How is that in any way a rough start?

          • Force

            As a hybrid, it’s a rough start, apart from sales. And yes, I’m aware 90% of all those who own the system happily ignore the points I’ve mentioned.

            It’s because of those sales that I doubt Nintendo will really bother to improve aspects of the dock, since it’s selling good enough as is, even though that doesn’t explain why the hell it costs 99 euros.

          • AJK

            I’m honestly at a loss what you consider a gauge of success if not sales and number of games coming to the system or the huge software attach rate? They are objective measures. If you look in resale shops, the switch is selling 2nd hand for more than the asking price of a new system, the demand for it is that high.

          • Force

            It even being there 2nd hand surprised me. Yes it’s a success, but it’s because it’s a success that I doubt Nintendo will put much effort into it’s development. Why try to improve something that’s making you buckets of money as is?

          • AJK

            It’s never stopped Nintendo or any other company before. The ps2 was a huge success, but that didn’t stop sony from improving on what had come before with ps3 or ps4. The ds was a massive success for Nintendo, but thatvdidnt stop the 3ds from being an improvement. Mobile chips are getting more powerful all the time. The next iteration if switch will have more powerful tech when that tech is affordable fore the consumer. If they had gone with a more powerful tegra now then the switch would have cost more than most people would be willing to pay.

          • Force

            I can see that, but then I’ll look at the dock, at it being 80% empty space, and I wonder why they didn’t use that. Because it doesn’t translate to handheld? Isn’t that what handheld is all about? You take some compromises to play your games everywhere, but because the Switch is this “hybrid” those compromises translate to docked. How is that fair?

          • Nhat Anh Hoang

            The first hybrid and sell the best of all time in US, number 1 in December NPD also, but yeah, it clearly is a rough start because you said so

          • Nhat Anh Hoang

            Or maybe not all people are NEET and unemployment who have nothing to do outside sit in front of TV all day at home

      • Paddy Alfan

        Imagine the explosion if they release DoA xtreme3 on switch.
        This kind of game plays best in the secrecy of handheld mode without serious downgrade and also cater to exhibitionist who have no shame to play this kind of game during commute ie Vita crowd to move to switch.

        • Aline Piroutek

          Yeah, all games mobile and possibility to play on TV, even “shameless” games.

      • Force

        That’s a lot of PS4/Xbox One owners that value overrated then.

        • AJK

          The Switch will more than likely have outsold the xbone by the end of May. Its already sold more than PS4 did in its first year in multiple territories, including the 2 biggest (USA and Japan).

          • Force

            A truly bleak future, where people’s selfish demands for convenience and portability overrides a good game experience.

          • JuZNyC

            Wait I don’t get what you’re trying to argue? The switch performance wise isn’t too far behind the base Xbox one in processing power when it’s docked. (The switch’s processor turbos up when battery life isn’t a concern anymore.)
            Are you disappointed that Nintendo didn’t put do more with the dock? Making a dock with a secondary processor in it would make the switch incredibly expensive. Just look at PC thunderbolt 3 graphics cards docks. I haven’t seen one for under $200 yet and that’s without a graphics card included.
            Or are you disappointed that Nintendo didn’t build an all out monster of a console to compete against the Xbox one X and the PS4 pro? For the same reason above if they made it more powerful it would cost more and the battery life would suffer. I don’t think anybody would’ve bought a switch if it was above $400.

            This is coming from someone who owns one of every console out right now plus a workstation/gaming PC.

          • Force

            What I’m arguing, is that the Switch as a handheld has made compromises that effect the docked experience. What I’d like to see, is that no longer being the case.

            That could be done via the next Switch having more power, via a stronger dock, or via Nintendo’s possible patent: http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2016/04/nintendos_supplemental_computing_device_patent_is_cleared_for_completion

            Regardless, even if none of that happens, I’d like to see Nintendo properly consider and advertise that mode’s particular strengths. They could very well do this with Pokemon Switch. They can advertise it as the first mainline Pokemon RPG available on the big-screen. If they don’t, I doubt they ever will, and in regard to Game Freak, I do not trust them to not lock features to handheld mode, with how savvy they are to have people walk about and meet each other face to face.

            Equality. One’s reason to buy the Switch is either from convenience, it’s handheld properties and quality games or exclusives. How many people have you encountered that bought the Switch solely because it can dock? Whereas how many people have you spoken to that bought it for the opposite? Yeah, I rest my case.

          • R.Z.

            Isn’t it even more selfish to demand Nintendo to keep treading a path on which they have no chance to succeed only to satisfy a few processing-power hungry fans though ?

          • Force

            I’m not asking for that, and you know it, R.Z. I’m asking for equality between modes, which is apparently like asking for a submarine to be built in 5 hours.

          • Aline Piroutek

            The two modes are the same.

          • Force

            Ahahahaha…. Oh you’re serious. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2017-does-xenoblade-chronicles-2-push-switch-mobile-mode-too-far That link alone proves how “same” they are.

            The docked allows the Switch to use it’s “full” power, which isn’t much all things considered.

          • Aline Piroutek

            The games is the same in both modes. No feature is taken out like the story mode, a character or a music.

          • Force

            In that regard, yes. But they don’t run the same way in terms of performance.

          • Aline Piroutek

            To maintain performance on portable mode for Xenoblade 2, lower resolution was the solution of the devs.

          • Force

            I wouldn’t know how that is for handheld mode, but docked has some of it’s own issues, like errors that cost hours of progress and frame-drops in areas. No idea if that translates to handheld as well, but I hope they’re aware of, and fix these issues asap.

          • Aline Piroutek

            I doubt they will fix it. The frame drops are common even on TV mode.

          • Force

            Yeah… Zelda has them to, when you use stasis+ and start moving the camera it tends to happen. I wonder why that is, since a game like Dragonball Xenoverse 2 runs without any problems at all.

          • Aline Piroutek

            It is different when a game came out on N64 and on GBC. The experience was 100% different, not only resolution and performance. It was an entire new game made from scratch.

          • Force

            There’s still a rather significant difference between the 2 modes, dependant on the game in question.

        • Aline Piroutek

          That’s the meaning of overrated. A lot of people who praise something that isn’t soooo awesome.

          • Force

            It’s all a matter of opinion. I understand that the portability of the Switch has a ton of people over the moon with it, but I don’t see it as the second coming of gaming the way a lot of people do.

            I value a good experience that strong hardware provides, and the Switch in that regard just isn’t up to par when compared to other offerings, so no, I wouldn’t say PS4/Xbox One is overrated. In fact, I’d say portability is overrated.

          • Nhat Anh Hoang

            Exactly, people can carry a ps4/xbox and a TV along with them as well as hope for two charge sockets if they want to play on the go, easy peasy

    • AJK

      I had moved over to pc and 3ds mostly years ago. The Switch is the best of both of those.

    • Tlink7

      I could never play games on my phone. I hate the fact that it has no buttons and sticks

      • Force

        I’m sure there’s accessories out there to alleviate that problem.

        • Tlink7

          Obviously, but that requires finding and buying accessoires. I don’t have to do that with a game console. Plus, most addons I’ve seen aren’t exactly… stellar 😛

          • Force

            They’ll get there. It’s a matter of time. Even with the Switch, people who find the derp-cons uncomfortable must buy a pro-controller.

          • Tlink7

            They won’t, because the market isn’t big enough and proper controllers are way more expensive than those crappy addons

          • Force

            I’m not talking about proper controllers 😛 I’m talking about something you can slot your phone into. They just need a good balance between price and quality of one of those, and you’re set.

          • Tlink7

            Which won’t happen because there are like five million different phone shapes. I’ll eat my vast collection of hats if phone gaming with an accessoire actually crawls out of the niche zone :3

          • Force

            Well, you might never know. Not too long ago, we saw phones as general apparatus and primarily for calling with. And now, phone-gaming is a thing, and you can make millions on them 😛

          • Tlink7

            People have been gaming on phones since forever, so I’m not too sure

          • Force

            Is back then comparable to now? I mean sure, you had games like Tetris and that old snake game on your phone, but now…

          • Tlink7

            Yup, remember, games like Angry Birds are from 2009, it was already quite large

          • Force

            True, but that’s still quite a while off from something like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMMB0DdBF0w

          • Nhat Anh Hoang

            Yeah, all games on Switch should be free to play with microtransactions to earn millions like phones games

      • hiru

        I was about to get used to touch controls at a point of no return but then the JoyCons saved me.

    • Edwin Vel

      I’m glad the Switch saved you from the bland and shallow mediocrity that is mobile phone games 🙂

    • PachterStation

      But the range of games is massively different. How could you give up playing games on home consoles?

  • Locky Mavo

    It’s going to be interesting to see how Nintendo plans to out do 2017. 20 million units Kimishima.

    • Paddy Alfan

      I just hoping like mad they don’t get to greedy because of last year sales and pull the old “we are nintendo and you love us so much you’ll take anything we throw at You” move.

  • JJ

    Hate to tell him but unless they reveal more-the “mini direct”‘s games aren’t going to push many new units.

    • Apfel

      You think that’s all they got for 2018? After a direct they cautiously called MINI, 11 days after the end of 2017…
      A bit too demanding maybe?
      Don’t you think that showing EVERYTHING planned for 2018, 11 days into the 2018, may be a unrecommended marketing strategy?
      Nintendo M.O. for releases is the element of surprise. Sony and Microsoft will announce a game in 2011, delay it in 2014, 2015, 2016 and release it in 2017. After 15 animated trailers before showing any gameplay.
      Zelda was delayed because it was too ambitious for a console that wasn’t even selling, too great for that too.
      Buy Odyssey was announced in January, released 9 months later
      Fire Emblem Warriors, 6 months later
      Mario Kart deluxe, 2 months, Splatoon 2, 4
      Skyrim, 10
      Doom maybe a month, or 2, same as L.A. Noire. Dark Souls will be 4 months.
      Metroid Samus returns announced at E3, bart it 3 months later.
      See a pattern here?

      • R.Z.

        Doom was revealed at E3 in June and released in November.
        (the only point you got wrong).
        edit :
        Ah, no, sorry, I was the one misremembering.
        Doom showed up in September.

    • AJK

      The mini direct was only for q1 games.

      • Justin McQuillen

        Yup

      • Dylan W

        There were a few exceptions. Ys 8 and SNK Heroines are coming in the summer and The World Ends With You: Final Remix was announced as coming “this year” so that could come out even past this summer.

    • Paddy Alfan

      Sports crowd: check
      Souls genre crowd: check
      WARRIORS crowd: check
      Harder than nail platformers but with easy mode crowd: check
      Fps crowd :check.
      Indie crowd: check check and check.
      I want my games on handheld crowd: check.

      The only checklist they haven’t ticked yet is probably the vr department that they iirc promised for the future, that I personally hope got their own processing power because I don’t want the main unit stressed more than it is sacrificing anymore graphic.

      • JJ

        Some of those games just don’t got that itch, even in said genre. Beside last year BOTW really drove sales early, there isn’t a big hitter like that from Nintendo in Q1 or Q2 so far.

    • masterjedi

      Why do so many people seem to think the mini direct announcements are the only announcements for the whole of 2018? We are so many people flat out ignoring things that Nintendo has announced for 2018 already?

      They never mentioned Bayonetta 1 & 2 in the mini direct but we already know those games are coming in February. We know Yoshi is still coming in 2018. We know the online service is coming in 2018. We know Fire Emblem is coming in 2018. Lost Sphere comes out next week. I could go on but I think I’ve made my point.

      As Paddy Alfan pointed out so eloquently, Nintendo has covered an awful lot of bases for game genre’s with what they’ve announced so far for 2018 and that is how you push console sales. You offer unique and exclusive experiences for your platform that cover a wide range of interests.

    • Nhat Anh Hoang

      Correct, like January last year

      • JJ

        January of last year had considerable more and more high profile games, did it not?

        • Nhat Anh Hoang

          Not really, outside Zelda, there are only 1-2-Switch and some small games at launch, many people though Switch is DOA
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  • nemo37

    I would suspect they will reveal some of their major hitters this 2018 in March or April (close to the end of this fiscal year, which ends on March 31). I suspect that if they are close to hitting their target shipments for 2017 (16.78), they might not want to reveal and release new content so as to save the sales for the next fiscal year where they plan on selling 20 million units. Assuming, they are close to hitting their target, releasing key games now will overinflate shipment numbers (ie they will exceed their target) for this year, most likely at the cost of next year.

    Of course, if they fail to announce more content for fiscal year 2018 or their time table has significant droughts, then they may have trouble not only with regards to reaching their 20 million goal but also with maintaining momentum.

    • R.Z.

      I’m thinking that too, but so many of the games from the direct mini are for spring, the schedule looks like a wrap.
      It seems unlikely that they will reveal anything really big before E3, unless they really have a lot of hits up their sleeves and can sacrifice one.

  • Apfel

    We got Skyrim, Doom, L.A. Noire, Resident Evil, Dark Souls and maybe Wolfenstein in 6 months.
    Bethesda was on board from minute 0 just after probably nintendo’s biggest failure, the Wii U…That was nintendo’s mentality changing.

    I guess the Switch was created by Iwata, sold by Kimishima.

  • Aline Piroutek

    Do you want the casuals back? Bring Netflix and Crunchroll to them, not only casuals love this.
    Also, make the triumphant comeback of Wii Sports(not that thing from WiiU) and WarioWare. The Switch has everything to make sucess with those.

    • ShonenJump

      Imagine. A Warioware mini game with rock paper scissors. The ir scanner of the joycon will read your hand gesture 🙂

    • Netflix, Crunchyroll, YouTube and Chromecast support please. Amazon video or others would be cool too.

  • Force

    In the GoNintendo version of this, there’s a certain line, that being “if Nintendo doesn’t think of new ways to play, Switch momentum could stop due to competition from other hardware creators”

    Are these the words of venerated IP holders? What are they even alluding to, playing Mario Kart with your knees? I don’t even….

    • Nhat Anh Hoang

      They will make a new Switch that is stronger than Xbox 1 X with same features and you need to break a HD TV every time play it

  • Dylan W

    Oh no, get ready for another 1-2-Switch. :/

    • Aline Piroutek

      3-4 Switch confirmed

    • Aline Piroutek

      The game is good but overpriced. It is a $9 game for me.

  • Lance Devon

    “Oh no Nintendo making a second casual game, damnit us of an eternity of blue ocean Wii strategy once more!”

    Seriously, this is overreactive at its finest. Nintendo as a business can easily sell an additional 2-5 million units aiming for that group, which will reflect well to other companies looking to support the system entirely. It will help in the grand scheme.

    And all they would have to do is remaster Wii Sports and Resort and release it.

  • Amethyst Gaze

    I think this year is gonna be huge for them and they know it must be a hit early on which is why last year was such a great launch. If it is, the future is bright with all these third parties rushing to bring more and more games over with how well it’s selling. Makes it easier for them once third parties start carrying the lineup in those latter years. I mean, it’s niche but who was expecting Ys after Falcoms earlier comments. Switches success forced that hand. It was basically first party and neat little games like that, that pushed like 70m 3ds.

  • Chris Lynch

    PS4, XB1 = One or Two system per household. Switch = One system per person in a household.

  • PachterStation

    Has the Switch replaced the 3DS or the Wii U? Is the Switch a handheld or a home console? Last time I looked, it’s a handheld that can be plugged into a TV, which was possible with the PSP in 2005 (around 13 years ago). All of a sudden, the Switch is a home console that’s going up against the PS4, more so in Japan. It’s a fact that home consoles hit average sales in Japan and that includes PS consoles. Handheld (and mobile) gaming has been a big trend for years, more so in Japan. I can never see Nintendo releasing another home console. A handheld that can be plugged into a TV is an old trend. Will the PS5 and Xbox Two go the same route? It’s possible, more with Sony. Sony will always be Nintendo’s nemesis.

  • MagcargoMan

    Wow, over 100 comments on an article mentioning the Wii and the mass amount of comments wasn’t caused by You-Know-Who arguing with people for once? Impressive.