Nintendo president, Shuntaro Furukawa, recently participated in a question &answer session. One of the many questions asked to Mr. Furukawa was why we have seen some high-profile AAA games skipping the Nintendo Switch. While a number have come, this has in turn led to some creative developers creating titles especially for the platform such as Square Enix with Octopath Traveler and Ubisoft with Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. Mr. Furukawa says we may see more cloud based games using streaming as a solution for a few games.
A lot of people seem to feel like there are major titles from other publishers that are missing on Nintendo Switch. Are you currently doing anything to address that? Also, do you think the situation will change in the next fiscal year or later?
We believe that giving consumers a wide selection of software is an extremely important part of operating our platforms. That is why we welcome the introduction of a variety of titles from many different software publishers. Even so, I do not think it is realistic to expect that every major title will become available on Nintendo Switch. We are speaking with publishers about them actively putting titles on Nintendo Switch that would be an especially good fit for its unique features as a home console system you can carry around, including handheld mode and the ability to bring systems together for local multiplayer. Given the strong publisher support Nintendo Switch has, I would expect the number of titles on it will increase a lot more. That is what really keeps the Nintendo Switch business on the right track.
Generally, I think having the Nintendo Switch software lineup augmented by titles from publishers who make use of cloud gaming technologies is a very positive thing. And it is really meaningful in terms of expanding our user base, because there are some titles that probably could not be offered on Nintendo Switch any other way.