Last night, Nintendo confirmed the first wave of games that would be available for the Nintendo Switch when the console launched in March.
Alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a new collection of mini-games, 1-2-Switch, and third-party games Just Dance 2017 and Skylanders Imaginators are confirmed for launch day. Although the month will fill out the console’s launch lineup a little bit more — Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! and Has Been Heroes will be released in March — Nintendo fans were upset with what the company had to offer.
On the Nintendo Switch subreddit, one player said that despite being optimistic ahead of the lineup announcement, they were left feeling disappointed with the few titles the company had planned for the system’s initial launch.
“Only a couple of games gave me that hype I started with after all the hardware features but am I the only one that maybe I'll wait until the holidays for games like Mario and the like,” they wrote.
That opinion was echoed by other Nintendo fans, who felt they could hold off on purchasing the system until later in the year. Super Mario Odyssey, one of the Switch’s most anticipated games, isn’t going to be available until holiday season. Splatoon 2, another big, first-party title for Nintendo, won’t be released until the summer.
“The Mario game looks good, but the wait sucks,” Reddit user SaltyWings wrote. “The only thing that really could have redeemed this presentation was a look into a Pokemon port, a new Metroid or a new Smash Bros. I got none of those things and before I was convinced I needed this thing right when it comes out, while now, after this, I am second guessing the need.”
In comparison, both the Wii and the Wii U seemed to have much bigger launch day titles. When the Wii was released on Nov. 14, 2006, it had a total of 21 titles that would be available to pick up alongside the console in North America. Aside from Wii Sports and Wii Resort, games like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz were all available to pick up on day one.
Nintendo announced there would be 32 games available on day one when the Wii U launched on Nov. 18, 2012. New Super Mario Bros. U, ZombiU, Skylanders Giants, Nintendo Land, Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition and Mass Effect 3 were just some of the titles players could choose from.
Nintendo’s North American 3DS also launched with 18 titles — including three first-party games — back in March 2011. Although there were more titles available, Nintendo caught flak back then for the lack of major titles, like Legend of Zelda or Super Mario installments. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising and new installments in the Mario Kart franchise were all slated for release throughout the year, but there was little for Nintendo fans at launch.
One of the other notable differences between Switch’s launch and the Wii or Wii U’s is the lack of games that come bundled with the system. When the Wii launched, Wii Sports was packed in. When Wii U launched, it came with Nintendo Land. Nintendo didn’t confirm that any of the games, including its collection of mini-games, 1-2-Switch, would be included in the $299.99 package. Nintendo fans have already suggested the lack of bundle options is just another reason to delay a purchase, holding out the holiday season when the company may release a bundled version of the Switch for Super Mario Odyssey.
There will be 35 titles released for the system between March and holiday season, including a new Super Mario game, new Legend of Zelda title and original IPs exclusive to the Switch. The company confirmed last night it has more than 80 third-party games in development for the console, and those would trickle out over the coming months and into 2018.
Nintendo announced this week that the Switch would be available to purchase on March 3 for $299. Pre-orders went live last night at most major retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, Target, GameStop and Walmart.