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GameStop CEO says 2018 looks "very, very strong" for Switch due to its slate of titles, including some unannounced ones

Switch had an amazing first year, but can it stay on-top in 2018? GameStop Chief Executive Officer, Mike K. Mauler was asked this question, and he seems pretty confident the platform will continue chugging right along.

We know what happened with the Wii U. I'd say this is definitely a whole different platform that we saw in the past. We have visibility to the software... So, last year was a tremendous year for their software as well as hardware, between Zelda and Mario Odyssey and all the games that they had, it 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 install based on the hardware and increase attach rate. We don't have, really, visibility for '19 yet, but for '18, it should play out that way.

Obviously GameStop is privy to some info that the rest of us aren't. I wonder what games they know of as on the way. I imagine quite a laundry list of hits will be revealed at this year's E3.

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I didn’t expect this year to be as good as last but it sure has been underwhelming. I hope whatever Gamestop knows is going to make the tail end of 2018 an awesome one.

virtualfey
Sun Apr 08 18 04:51pm
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Honestly do Gamestop ever really know what’s coming? I’ve never believed that they have any real insight whatsoever.

This means Pokemon. Pokemon is coming this year. That and smash bros sell units. I'd be surprised if Nintendo didn't sell 20million more units this year. I'm telling you by March 2019 it will be at 40million units sold. (As long as both smash and Pokemon release)

Why are people so desperate for Pokémon?
Has X&Y not shown just why exactly a rushed Pokémon game would be a bad idea?

It sells anyway. But if XY was rushed does not mean Poke Switch is

Listen IDGAF about Pokemon as far as I'm concerned it hasn't evolved at all since red blue green and yellow. I'm just saying this is more then likely pokken and it'll sell units

hasn't evolved at all since gold, silver and crystal.

Fixed that for you ;)

This could be the only year since I started gaming where I do not buy a game for a Nintendo system. I don't know about these unannounced titles but so far Nintendo seems to think a bunch of old ports are enough but they aren't for me.

As someone who owns and supported Wii U and PS4, most of the noteworthy releases are either things I already have or things I already passed on.

I have to wonder if Nintendo really learned much from the Wii U's failure. They don't seem to be in any better position to fill out a release schedule with new games than they were back then. I loved the Wii U but the releases were just too sparse. Their strategy this time seems to be to pad out the Switch release schedule by rereleasing all the Wii U games (which drives me crazy). Next time they aren't going to have the library of a failed system to rerelease like this.

I am sure it is difficult to plan things out so that you have a steady stream of new games, since you never really know how long it will take to complete any given game. I like to think this means 2019 will be full of great new games, especially since they are focused on one system now.

Personally, after the success of Doom and Skyrim...and I am going to assume the upcoming success of Wolfenstein 2...on Switch...I expect a Fallout port announcement at E3, to be delivered by the end of the year on the system. And I am perfectly fine with that. I also think Nintendo has been holding back some of these big third party game releases/ports/whatever you want to call them on the Switch so that they could have a bonanza showing at E3. I also think Smash alone is going to push many units (both hardware and software) towards the end of the year, and that's not to mention whatever ELSE Nintendo has up their sleeves to announce of their OWN at E3. I think they HAVE to have something big...if they already let it be known that Smash is not only in the works...but will be coming THIS year...AND it will be in playable form at E3 (even if only in the form of the tournament they have planned...but I can't imagine they wouldn't at least give the gaming media a shot at that same build after the tournament during E3).

Since the line up so far is pretty weak, we can only hope GameStop knows a lot that we don't.

Nintendo already has the table set up pretty nicely for this year's E3. Smash and Pokemon are both pretty much guaranteed with Fire Emblem, Metroid, and DK as probable back up. This doesn't even include new DLC or the upcoming online service. As far as I'm concerned, they're already set to rock things this year if the Switch's momentum keeps going like it has.

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