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Nintendo's Doug Bowser on Switch's library of titles, 3DS success, shipping 20 million Switch units this fiscal year, and more


Nintendo of America’s head of sales and marketing, Doug Bowser, had some thoughts to share on Nintendo coming out of E3 2018. In the interview from GameDaily below, you can see Mr. Bowser talking about Switch's broad range of content, 3DS' staying power, Nintendo's plan to ship 20 million Switch units this fiscal year, and the negative stock market situation going on right now.

Switch's range of content

“It's been broad, it really has. You know, we like to say that we want to appeal to players from five to 95, but as we look at the Switch, it's been really balanced. Obviously, when you have a game like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, or some of the more core content, or mature content you may have mentioned, that's going to skew a bit older… But we're also seeing games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe appealing to a very broad segment. We saw it with Kirby Star Allies, [which] actually [saw] a younger segment coming in and playing. So it really does vary by title.

Splatoon 2 is a great one that we have found is skewing much younger, and so our goal is, first of all, to have a gaming device that is going to appeal to a broad audience and we believe that, we're showing it downstairs [in our E3 booth], we really [are] kind of transforming how people think about play. It doesn't have to be a console experience or a handheld experience, it could be both, and that's really what we're continuing to stress.

And then the breadth of the games that we're showing right now help us address those different demographics. We're up to now, 700 titles in the first 15 months of release, and we just added an important one two days ago, with Fortnite. And [players] already downloaded two million of them; obviously it's the online phenomenon right now.”

3DS' continued success

“I can tell you right now [the overall 3DS business] is doing well. If you look at last holiday, we saw a real uptick at the end of the holiday season. We were up 27% on hardware year-over-year in the month of December. If you look at the first five months of this calendar year, so through May, we're up 10% on hardware, and attaching software at very nice rates, so we still see a strong potential for our handheld business. We're focusing right now on our 2DS, and our New 2DS XL lineup, because we believe those are great entry points.

If you think about a $79 2DS with a game installed or a $149 clamshell 2DS XL with a great screen, it's a more affordable entry point, and we have definitely found from a demographic standpoint, people that are coming in to those platforms and buying now, and then registering a Nintendo Account, they're skewing younger. So it's a wonderful way to bring them into our franchises. We've got over 1000 titles on the platform still, and we're announcing more. We've got Captain Toad coming to the platform, we've got more games coming in the latter half of the year and then the next year, we still have titles planned on the slate into 2019, and so we're going to continue to support the platform.”

Shipping 20 million Switch units in this fiscal year, and the current stock market situation

“What we're focused on really, is first of all, we've announced that we plan to ship 20 million units within our fiscal year. That still is our plan. And as we look at the engagement downstairs, we continue to believe that is a solid number.

I think what we're trying to do… Again, I can't speak to why markets react the way they do, why stock reacts the way it does. What I focus on is how to create awareness of our products, consideration of our products, and ultimately, purchase of our products. And things like this week really do help us get that message across, that we'll continue to market these products, but I think we've got some hits. If you go to Amazon right now, if you look at Amazon’s best-sellers, the top five best-sellers either have the name Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, or Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu, or Let's Go Eevee attached to them.

Out of all the content that has been announced and dated, those are the top five sellers right now, so I think we're doing what we need to do to continue to drive our business.”

Categories: Interviews, Consoles, Portables
Tags: 3ds, eshop, switch

Comments

I just knew Bowser would specifically mention Smash Bros. and Pokemon in relation to "Shipping 20 million Switch units in this fiscal year, and the current stock market situation" question. Both are upgraded ports and both are out right at the end of the year. I like Smash Bros. but a tweaked version of content I've already played isn't very exciting. I couldn't care less about Pokemon, never liked it. I'm sure they'll boost sales, but there's a lot of people out there who don't care for either franchise. This year in terms of new releases has completely stank compared to last year and they're pinning a lot on those 2 games. People are still ignoring the 3rd party problem, as are Nintendo. It's eventually going to come home to roost.

traskin7
Mon Jul 16 18 01:45pm
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The Pokémon franchise has sold 300m, Behind only the Mario franchise. Smash is at 40m.
Zelda and Mario (odyssey, Kart, tennis, rabbids and soon Party) are still selling well and will continue to throughout the year. So will Splatoon. Donkey Kong and Kirby did well also. Yoshi is coming.
Like it or not, Switch has a very healthy library going into this holiday season. Besides a token madden or COD, they have something for everyone.
Out of their core franchises, Animal Crossing has yet to drop. Sadly, Star Fox, Metroid, Pikmin, F-zero and Fire Emblem are on the lower end of the sales spectrum. Xenoblade is barely worth mentioning.
So yes, bringing two of their highest selling francises to Switch for the holidays doesn’t just make sense, it’s a no-brainer.
Also, since when is the new Pokémon a port? I don’t follow Pokémon but this is the first I’ve heard of this accusation. What’s up with that?

Eevee and Pikachu are ports. I'm not talking about the new Pokemon game coming next year.

You've completely ignored my point about the 3rd party problem. Yoshi isn't coming out until next year. And there's much more than a token Madden or COD missing as you put it.

*sigh*

Port - Taking an old game and making it work on new hardware with little to no changes other than controls.
>> Think Virtual Console, Arcade Archives, etc.

Enhanced - Taking an old game and modernizing it somewhat to modern hardware without changing the base game. Graphics and audio can be tweaked along with controls, but as long as the core game is untouched in moving the game to newer hardware.
>> Think Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze with it's jump from Wii U to Switch. Or hell Wii's Donkey Kong Country Returns to 3DS's DKCR 3D (a bonus world was added to the 3DS version the Wii one didn't have).

Remake - Taking an old game and rebuilding it completely from scratch to modern hardware.
>> Think NES Metroid to GBA's Metroid: Zero Mission. Also think GBC's Pokemon Yellow to Switch's Let's Go! Pokemon games.

Let's Go! games are remakes, not ports strictly on the basis the Pokemon Go catching system was used and there are quality of life changes that the original Pokemon Yellow did not have like giving you a personal Pokemon box in your bag so that you won't have to run to an in-game PC as often as you did in Yellow.

At this point, the word "port" has basically become a buzzword on this site

traskin7
Mon Jul 16 18 06:51pm
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Those aren’t ports. Those are full on remakes of a game boy title from 1998. Which itself was a enhanced port of a title from 1996. Remake>remaster>port.
As for 3rd party? You’re right.
That’s been going on since the N64. Trust me, I’ve owned every Nintendo console/handheld since the NES. Countless 3rd party games you don’t get to play if you only own Nintendo. If you only own a PC you miss out on Stuff too. Same with Xbox, PlayStation, etc.
That’s just the way it is. At least it’s better than it has been. Even when it gets 3rd party games you have assholes asking “why would you want to play an inferior version?”
The Switch is what it is. It’s not going to magically run every game like a high end PC. It’s not going to get every game that was built to run on a higher spec machine. Just common sense.
But since you have issue with how Nintendo and 3rd party are handling this year, you must have some ideas of how they could make things better, right?
It irritates me to see people call out what they think as wrong without offering any suggestions on how to make things right. What games do YOU want to see come to Switch?

Even though a lot of Smash Bros. is recycled content and Pokemon Let's Go is a casualized remake they will still move units regardless. I'm gonna buy both (granted I already own a Switch) but if it's one thing Nintendo fans do best is buying the same game over and over again and then justifying to themselves why they would pay $60 for Tropical Freeze on Switch again AND why people keep clamoring for Virtual Console so they can buy SMB3 again for the 8th time.

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