If you were going to crown a ‘gaming industry champion’ for 2017, that title would have to go to Nintendo for their work developing the Switch. The Nintendo Switch exploded out of nowhere to become one of the best-selling consoles on the market as well as one of the most innovative. In fact, during just the first nine months that the console has been on the market more than 10 million units have been sold. Not shipped. Sold. These incredible numbers only begin to paint the picture that is Nintendo’s big year.
A big reason for Nintendo’s success has been their willingness to put out strong titles within their original IP while being willing to open up to third-party developers. Highlights from the first year of the Switch include Zelda: Breath of the Wild as well as Mario Odyssey. Both titles are going to be competing for the coveted ‘Game of the Year’ award from several major gaming publications, but they only begin to tell the story that Nintendo has been weaving.
This year we have seen a concentrated effort from Nintendo to expand their library and thus expand their audience. This has meant that Nintendo has been more open to accepting titles for older audience son their main console, the Nintendo Switch. Ports of big titles like Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, as well as a remake of Doom, has further cemented Nintendo’s status as an industry titan for every demographic of gamer.
While Nintendo fans are already celebrating the monster year that their favorite company has had, they should instead be looking ahead to what is to come. Nintendo has put down a serious lineup of releases over the next six months that should push the Nintendo Switch into legendary status in terms of sales and gaming library.
Companies like Microsoft and Sony are struggling not to keep up in terms of sales but in terms of breadth of innovation. While Microsoft and Sony continue to try and work with motion control, the Nintendo Switch has already set the standard.