In an investor call that happened recently, GameStop CEO Michael Mauler reassured investors that the Nintendo Switch has a lot of big games coming this year.
Even though the Nintendo Switch had a fantastic 2017, some investors were still worried about Nintendo, especially after the failure of the Wii U, which prompted a response from Mauler to dissuade the concerns of investors:
“Yeah, I think that’s a fair question with Nintendo. I mean we know kind of what happened with Wii U. I’d say this is definitely a whole different platform than we saw in the past. We have visibility to the software. So last year was a tremendous year for the software as well as hardware between Zelda and Mario Odyssey and all the games that they had really drove a lot of hardware sales, as well as software.
I think this year when we look at the slate of titles, many of which haven’t been announced yet, this year looks also very, very strong. So I think, at least, for 2018, we’ll continue to see the strong software slate drive additional installed base on the hardware and increase attach rate. We don’t have really visibility for 2019 yet, but for 2018 it should play out that way.”
The most exciting takeaway in Mauler’s statement is that many big titles are heading to the Switch this year and that some of them are still unannounced as of now. However, Mauler did not reveal whether he was talking about first-party Nintendo games or third-party titles. Whatever they may be, I’m still waiting for a proper Animal Crossing or a Pokémon game on the Switch, and hopefully, at least one of them will be released this year.
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