It appears western publishers weren’t the only ones sceptical of the Switch. In a report from the Wall Street Journal, Hirozaku Hamamura – chief executive of game-magazine publisher Gzbrain (which owns Famitsu) – said that games from major Japanese third parties won’t be coming to Nintendo’s console until much later, because they were surprised by the system’s success.
Hamamura elaborated, saying that some big players won’t arrive on Switch until 2019, as they’re struggling to catch up. A lot of their hesitation around the Switch seemed couched in the performance of Nintendo’s previous console, the Wii U. The tablet-like system sold significantly fewer units than the company’s previous consoles, and was discontinued five years after its launch.
Capcom was especially cautious around the Switch’s launch, releasing only Ultra Street Fighter II at an inflated price-point. The only other Capcom games to appear are a 3DS port of Monster Hunter XX, and ports of Resident Evil Revelations 1 and 2.
A representative for Capcom quoted in the article said that it’s rare for third parties to release games within the launch year, because there isn’t enough time. As Game Informer points out, Capcom has managed this with the likes of Dead Rising 3 on Xbox One.
“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,” boasted Koei Tecmo’s chief executive Yoichi Erikawa during a press conference.
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