It is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Nintendo Switch has been a massive success in its first year on the market. It has had multiple highly rated games released, along with multiple million-selling games, including The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Super Mario Odyssey. On top of this wild success that Nintendo has overseen, we’re headed quickly into its second year in around a month, it brings us to the question of what does Nintendo have to do to continue this momentum? We will address this question by focusing on five games that Nintendo can release that will push the Switch even further. Let’s go!
- Mario Party Switch
Mario Party games are a pretty good bet to be popular on a home console, and when you add in the portability of the Switch, it just makes it even better. I think party games like Mario Party will never be a system seller, and will never truly be a highly rated title but I do believe it will be a nice supplement to the rest of the games on the system. Maybe not THE reason to own the console, but one of the reasons to own it.
- Mario Kart 9
I know, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe released on the console within the first year and it was a massive success, what makes anyone think Nintendo would release another game when they can just support the first with DLC? Well, DLC will sell without a doubt; I think a new game with all new tracks and new gameplay mechanics would probably sell just as well, if not better. I don’t think Nintendo needs to rush this one out in the second year, but an announcement at E3 for a mid-2019 launch would be nice.
- Super Mario Maker Switch
One of the surprises or maybe not so surprise hits for the Wii U and the 3DS was Super Mario Maker. It’s really a no-brainer to be released in some form for the Switch and hopefully supported with plenty of free and paid DLC. Full online support with level sharing and Twitch/Streaming support would be spectacular. Perhaps at this years E3 they’ll announce it to launch alongside the online services.
- Super Smash Brothers Switch
Again, a no-brainer to be released for the Switch. I really hope, however, it is not titled this. Super Smash Brothers 5 would be a better title, but it doesn’t matter if the game is good. Full online support, voice chat, long-term DLC support, and tournament modes would do wonders for the Switch. Bringing eSports to the Switch, through Smash Brothers would help push sales of consoles.
- Pokemon Switch
The ace in the hole for Nintendo. A full-fledged Pokemon RPG for the Switch will cause panic in the streets for any game that launches alongside it. We don’t really have to explain the popularity of Pokemon to any Nintendo fan, nor to pretty much anyone. With the success of Pokemon Go in 2016, then the success of the two 3DS games in 2017, a 2018 launch of the Switch title would be ball game for doubters. My only request is full online support, some type of connectivity with Pokemon Go, and some type of connectivity with the 3DS versions of Pokemon.
While those five first-party titles will help push the Switch to even further success, and make it more akin to the Nintendo Wii than the Wii U; No console can live on first-party titles alone, even the all mighty Nintendo Switch. We also have some third-party titles that we would like to see come out or are planned to be released for the Switch that will help push that momentum onward and upward.
- Dragon Quest XI & Dragon Quest Builders 2
Anything Dragon Quest can pretty much shut down Japan, and with two planned DQ titles coming to the Switch within the next year, these are guaranteed to help keep the momentum going.
- Dark Souls Remastered
So not really a new game, but to be able to play this massively popular, and very difficult game on the go will help push sales of the game, although probably not the console.
- Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
Anything Marvel sells. Telltale games normally sell. I honestly don’t see this game being any different. Again, not a system seller but definitely a game that will sell well on the system.
- Project Octopath Traveler
Old school JRPG fans will love this Square Enix title when it eventually releases. It is a day one purchase for me, and I cannot wait.
- Shin Megami Tensei 5
The Shin Megami Tensei games are big sellers in Japan, and the US with 5 coming to the Switch will definitely be a positive thing. It will push a few consoles, maybe not the huge system selling that a Mario game would be but it will help push momentum.
Any console is just hardware without games, and without games, hardware will not sell. The Nintendo Wii U proved this to be a logical statement, and as such it sold poorly. The games listed above are certainly enough to provide the Switch with at least a year or two of momentum for overwhelming sales, and this every Nintendo fan is surely happy about. However, with all this being said, it is 2018 and video game consoles and portable systems have to have more than games on them now.
Most every piece of hardware you can buy, whether it be a game console, a laptop, a phone, or a tablet has access to multiple multimedia apps. These multimedia apps are key selling points for many platforms and are one that the Switch has been severely lacking in. While the Switch does have a Hulu app and is one I use often, it could use more to help silence some doubters. I’m not going to go into detail about each of below on the list, everyone should know by now what they are. I hope.
- Spotify / Pandora / I Heart Radio
We have faith that Nintendo will push the Switch even further than what it already has in terms of software. With the launch of the Switch online service later this year, which hopefully includes plans for the addition of a virtual console, they certainly have laid the groundwork for the system to continue its epic sales rate. While I am sure some of the software we have outlined here will not be released over the next year, and some may never be; We as fans can always hope. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments below, or talk to us on Twitter or over on Facebook.