Japanese Third Parties ‘Surprised’ By Switch’s Success, Scrambling to Catch Up

Japanese Third Parties ‘Surprised’ By Switch’s Success, Scrambling to Catch Up

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.

What do you think? Were Japanese publishers right to be wary of the Switch? Let us know in the comments below!


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Comments Comments (6)

Posted by jmduknz
On Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 4:18 PM
No issues with third party holding fire. It's been a great year with zelda, kart, arms, splatoon, rabbids and mario.
Who has the time for a third party game?!
Posted by drunk_monk
On Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 5:32 PM
Can't blame them for the skepticism, but more coming to the switch makes me a happy man :)
Posted by OriginalSin
On Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 8:16 PM
After the 'success' of the WiiU, it's not surprising that many held back.
Posted by AdamC
On Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 9:36 PM
Considering how secretive Nintendo was untill release, it is of little surprise nobody planned to build a game on switch, that they new nothing about. Im glad they are now though.
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Wednesday 1 Nov 2017 10:54 AM
Dont blame any third party from holding off. No harm in waiting to see and then you have a larger player base anyway. Nobody wanted to risk it after the WiiU fail.
Posted by ActualTats
On Friday 10 Nov 2017 11:53 AM
The more third party developers that come onboard to support the Switch, the more likely I am to pick up the system. I was hesitant to buy day one, but with all the awesome 1st party games and 3rd party developers supporting it I'm thinking its going to be sooner rather than later!