Shortage of AAA Games on Switch

Nintendo of America COO explains why there aren’t so many AAA games on Switch yet

Not too long ago, one of the most frequent disputes of the gaming world was centered on just one thing: which console, gaming platform or computer is better, stronger, faster, and more powerful. Of course, one of the main arguments why this or that platform is better than its rivals was always the choice of games available on it. Now, by all possible standards, Nintendo Switch is a wonderful product, a high-class home/portable gaming console which has lots to offer in terms of quality and convenience, easily matching or even surpassing many of the older and more established gaming platforms. And, if this by any chance sounds like we’re sounding apologetic for some reason, that was never our intention – Nintendo Switch simply deserves to be praised and admired.

However, if you compare it by this old-time criterion of gaming choice and availability, it will, unfortunately, be bound to lose, especially if we’re talking about AAA titles. True, the choice of games for Nintendo Switch isn’t bad at all: we have games like Skyrim, Dark Souls, Wasteland 2, Fortnite, Doom, Diablo 3, and it’s getting better by the day. However, by now you must’ve noticed that some important new multi-platform games such as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey or Red Dead Redemption 2 are obviously absent on this great console. Are developers boycotting Nintendo Switch for some reason?

In the case you’ve speculated why that’s the case, here’s what Reggie Fils-Aimé, the COO and president of Nintendo of America has to say about it. And no, this isn’t because the hardware of Nintendo Switch can’t handle it, the reason is far more prosaic. When he was confronted by the fact that Nintendo Switch wasn’t included among platforms where Red Dead Redemption 2 will appear, he told us that it’s basically just a simple matter of game development length and timing, in relation to the fact that Nintendo Switch has been present on the market for a relatively short period of time.

Reggie Fils-Aimé COO of Nintendo in America

„The way this industry works, games are in development for multiple years. People forget that Switch is only experiencing its second holiday”, Fils-Aimé emphasized in his response. “So many, many games that are just launching were well in development before any conversations were had with these developers regarding Nintendo Switch. It’s difficult midstream to make significant changes in your development timetable.”    

However, Fils-Aimé is also 100% positive about the prospects of Nintendo Switch and that developers certainly will pay much more attention to it in the future, especially since, after almost two years, Nintendo’s console had certainly made its mark on the global gaming scene. “Our strength in the Americas, our strength in Asia, our strength in Europe is critically important. That’s what creates the opportunity for developers to make sure their content is available on Switch at the earliest opportunity.” And if you doubt his words, just check the lists of the upcoming titles that will make their appearance on Nintendo Switch during the next year, and you’ll see that Nintendo fans certainly won’t be disappointed.