If you’ve been keeping track of the Nintendo Switch eShop as of late, you’ll have noticed that — disregarding the end quality of course — the Switch is certainly getting far more support from third party developers/publishers than the Wii U’s own digital store got in its heyday. Well it looks like Nintendo may be looking to further capitalize on this increased investment in the near future. Speaking at the company’s latest General Meeting of Shareholders, when asked about how the company will look to integrate the cornerstone that is the independant scene into their overall business strategy, Senior Executive Officer, Susumu Tanaka, explained that Nintendo are looking to release around “20 to 30” titles on a weekly basis.
“For Nintendo Switch, we set up a development environment that supports Unity middleware, which is used on smartphones and other platforms.” Tanaka explained, before adding: “we definitely expect to see some great games among them.” Perhaps alluding to future titles that, while may already be available on other platforms, could also be making their way inevitably onto Nintendo’s platform.
Prior to this, Nintendo’s Director & Managing Executive Officer, Shinya Takahashi, explained that one of the company’s aims during the development of Nintendo Switch was to make it easier for studios to develop for the hardware itself and that, interestingly, the company doesn’t see these so-called indie games as competition for Nintendo’s own in-house, first-party titles. “Rather,” Takahashi continues. “I think these indie games are what really invigorate Nintendo Switch overall.
Indeed, a steady stream of new titles will always be better than an utter drought. Providing of course that the Switch eShop does not suffer from any similar flood of questionable releases that other digital stores like Steam have had to suffer with in recent years (Early Access or otherwise) then this can only mean a bright future for the Switch in terms of general third-party support.