Now that the Nintendo Switch is taking the marketplace by storm, Nintendo is ready to put a lot of time and effort into pushing the Switch into the stratosphere. How do they plan on doing that? By promising to pull out some big things for E3 this year.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime spoke with Fox Gamer recently about Nintendo's plans for this year's E3 in Los Angeles, California.
In 2016 Nintendo had a big display for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild but it was basically the only major game that they were demonstrating at the event. Other titles had a smaller or almost non-existent presence at E3, and Nintendo forfeited hosting a stage conference, which is usually standard fare for the big console manufacturers. This year, however, Nintendo is doing things differently.
Fils-Aime explained to Fox Gamer...
We're going to have a big E3 this year. We're going to have a variety of games. We will have experiences for consumers who will be able to attend the show for the very first time.
It's interesting that he mentions that they're catering their offerings at this year's E3 for consumers who will be attending the event for the very first time. This is because the Entertainment Software Association has opened up E3 for the public this year, and tickets are being made available for the general public, who will be in attendance at this year's big event.
Fils-Aime also goes on to say that they aren't talking about everything they have in store for the public at E3 this year, and people will just have to see it for themselves to be surprised.
Some people have taken this to mean that Nintendo might be hosting another stage conference this year, something they haven't done since they first announced the Wii U nearly half a decade ago.
They plan on showcasing a lot of new content for the Nintendo Switch, which still has several big first-party titles on the horizon that will be released throughout the second and third quarter of 2017, including Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey. There's also a new Shin Megami Tensei title in the works, and a lot of gamers are hoping for some big news from Square Enix as well.
Fils-Aime also mentioned that it's not just going to be all about the Switch, they also have plans on introducing new titles and updates for the Nintendo 3DS as well. It's one of those situations where a lot of people are left wondering just how much support Nintendo will continue to give to the 3DS, despite the fact that the Nintendo Switch kind of occupies the exact same space. I guess we'll find out when June rolls around.
Right now, while the Switch is selling like crazy, there's still a big amount of skepticism on the system's potential success due to limited software availability when it comes to exclusives and third-party support. If Nintendo can secure some big third-party exclusives, in addition to games like NBA 2K18 and Skyrim, they may end up steam-rolling through the rest of the generation as one of the unstoppable forces in gaming. We'll get to see just how they're going to play their cards at E3 this year.