Nintendo has big plans for 2019!
The company has already announced titles such as New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Pokemon 8, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Yoshi’s Crafted World, Fire Emblem:Three Houses, Daemon X Machina, Animal Crossing and Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes. And now, it has been reported that the company has 11 more previously unannounced games lined up for its Switch console this year.
Nintendo didn’t do particularly well with the Switch in 2018. The company did manage to do well in the holiday season, but it still won’t be able to meet its own forecast of Switch sales for this financial year. And it looks as though Nintendo is willing to do everything it takes to make sure they do better in 2019.
The report of the 11 unannounced games comes from trusted reporter Emily Rogers. Rogers has previously leaked several Nintendo (and particularly Switch) related information. She shared the new information on Resetera. She claims that there are at least 5 unannounced titles coming out this year on Switch.
“Five is the floor (minimum) — not the ceiling. The ceiling could be as high as 11 or 12. It’s difficult to give an exact number because any game can be pushed back to 2020 for marketing/scheduling reasons.”
Rogers went on to speculate what those titles could be. She stated that there were 8 games that had at least 70% chance of being released this year. These include two eShop games, a WII U port of a 2013 game, a new Labo Kit and 4 other mystery games. She further added that there 3 other titles that could be released this year. She called these the “wild card titles” since they have less than 50% chance of being released this year. These titles included a secret game by Retro Studios, a Metroid Prime Trilogy game and another WII U port.
The Future of the Switch
Nintendo had initially estimated a sale of 20 million consoles for this financial year (which will end in April). So far, the company has managed to sell 14.49 million units of Switch. Of this 9.31 million units were sold during the holiday season alone (between October and December).
The company has reportedly revised its sales forecast for the year down to 17 million units, 3 million lesser than its initial estimates. But all these announced and unannounced games scheduled for 2019 only show that Nintendo is commited towards selling more consoles this year. The Pokémon and Super Mario franchises continue to be big sellers for Nintendo. For instance, the company shipped 12.08 million copies of Pokémon: Let’s Go and 5.3 million copies of Super Mario Party during this holiday season.
Despite failing to meet its goals for 2018, Nintendo has already sold over 32.27 million units of its Switch console, since its launch in 2017. It has also been rumored that Nintendo is working on a smaller, cheaper version of the Switch, which could be released by the end of this year.
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