Nintendo’s Damon Baker recently sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss the Nintendo Switch eShop, as well as the Indie and third-party games that have released on it. Indie and third-party games have seen a massive amount of success on the Nintendo Switch eShop. However, Baker says that, at first, this is not what Nintendo expected. But that’s not all. Baker says that there will be a greater helping of indie games in 2018 than in 2017. Here’s what Baker said in full:
“A lot of the fact that we’ve grown the digital business so significantly with this platform compared to others was on the back of the strong indie titles. It’s definitely getting recognized within the Nintendo organization. It’s encouraging to see that (knowledge) front of mind when talking to executives.
In July of last year we knew of about 150 titles from third-party coming out. By the end of 2017, 320-some-odd games had come out on the Switch. It was a significant jump in terms of expectations. There is an even higher number (we know of ) for this year and we expect that to be surpassed as well.
While we’re really fortunate with the reception, we know it’s our responsibility to recognize that there is a lot of content coming and that we need to find ways to improve discoverability.”