In a poll of Japanese game developers, only half feel that gamers are excited about the Nintendo Switch, while one quarter think the new console will be sold too cheaply.
Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu polled 24 game developers from the Land of the Rising Sun regarding what they think of the Nintendo Switch. Generally speaking, most of them seemed fairly enthusiastic about the new hybrid console, though there seems to be a fair bit of fence-sitting shining through the answers, as well. However, only half of those interviewed feel that fans are excited about the new console, which is interesting, to say the least.
Kotaku translated the poll, which provides some insights into how the devs are looking at the Nintendo Switch. It should be noted that none of the developers are named in the piece for obvious reasons. Of those interviewed, 54 percent say that they are currently developing for the Switch, however, interestingly enough only 46 percent said they were planning to release games on the platform. Where this discrepancy comes from is unknown, but could be due to studios seeing how the new console does before finalizing release plans.
Either way, one-third (34 percent) of respondents do believe that it will be the quality of Nintendo Switch games that will make or break Nintendo’s new console, with only eight percent figuring that marketing will play a pivotal role. As for the genre of games that will fit the Switch best, most of the devs feel that RPGs, like Zelda: Breath of the Wild, are the answer, with only a handful thinking that FPS games are the way to go.
When it comes to Nintendo’s plan to make players pay for Switch online play, 38 percent wish it were free, while 41 percent feel that the Japanese corporation has little choice but to offer it as a paid service. On the actual price of the Switch there is a lot less difference: two thirds (67 percent) think the price is just right, while a full quarter of the developers interviewed think the new Nintendo is too cheap.
With the launch date of the Nintendo Switch only two weeks away, it would seem that the developers would have the feeling gamers are excited about it. However, only half of them think that there is any real anticipation, with four out of ten saying that they can’t say either way. Then again, when asked about the features that they think will make the Switch a success, most answered by far that the three gaming modes the Switch offers will be the main selling point. We’ll see whether their impressions are correct in March.
The Nintendo Switch launches on March 3, 2017.