The Future Success of the Nintendo Switch

How Nintendo’s support of indie developers creates a promising future for the Nintendo Switch.

9 months ago by Morgan Shaver

The recently unveiled Nintendo Switch (formerly codenamed the Nintendo NX), includes several features to be excited about including NVIDIA’s Tegra processor. The Switch looks to be a firm entry into the console market, and a significant improvement over its predecessor, the Wii U.

While the original Wii saw rampant success with over 100 million units sold and 1,772 games offered, the Wii U was a distinctive flop for Nintendo with only 13 million units sold and 712 games available.

This pales in comparison to console giants Microsoft and Sony, with 875 games available for the Xbox One and 1,222 for the PlayStation 4. Fortunately, Nintendo has already taken the necessary steps to make it clear they fully intend to up the ante with the Switch. The full list of game developers on board for the Nintendo Switch have been unveiled and are as follows:

  • 505 Games
  • Activision Publishing, Inc.
  • ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co.,Ltd.
  • ATLUS CO.,LTD.
  • Audiokinetic Inc.
  • Autodesk, Inc
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
  • Bethesda
  • CAPCOM CO., LTD.
  • Codemasters®
  • CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.
  • DeNA Co., Ltd.
  • Devolver Digital
  • Electronic Arts
  • Epic Games Inc.
  • Firelight Technologies
  • FromSoftware, Inc.
  • Frozenbyte
  • GameTrust
  • GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC´╝Ä
  • Gungho Online Entertainment,Inc
  • HAMSTER Corporation
  • Havok
  • Image & Form
  • INTI CREATES CO., LTD.
  • KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.
  • Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
  • LEVEL-5 Inc.
  • Marvelous Inc.
  • Maximum Games, LLC
  • Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
  • Parity Bit Inc.
  • PlatinumGames Inc.
  • RAD Game Tools, Inc.
  • RecoChoku Co.,Ltd.
  • SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
  • Silicon Studio Corporation
  • Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
  • SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
  • Starbreeze Studios
  • Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
  • Telltale Games
  • THQ Nordic
  • Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.
  • TT Games
  • UBISOFT
  • Ubitus Inc.
  • Unity Technologies, Inc.
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Web Technology Corp.

What's instantly noticeable about this list are the sheer number of indie developers included alongside larger publishers like Activision and EA. For example, fans of Axiom Verge will be happy to know that developer Thomas Happ has intentions of porting the game over to the Nintendo Switch: 

“I do wish the screen were 3D like 3DS, but that's a minor gripe. Hopefully we can get a devkit soon and start porting Axiom Verge over."

Eagle-eyed readers will also spot Grasshopper Manufacture and GungHo on the list, who are currently hard at work on the upcoming free-to-play PlayStation 4 game, Let it Die. Does their inclusion on this list mean that Let it Die will be released on the Nintendo Switch as well? Only time will tell! 

With so many indie names already on board for the Nintendo Switch, gamers can expect a more sizable and diverse game offering than the Wii U. With that in mind, there are still several factors to consider before the Nintendo Switch releases in March of 2017 including its price point. Until more is revealed for the Switch, the fact remains that Nintendo is making a solid effort to work with more indie companies. Because of this, the future of the Nintendo Switch is looking pretty bright. Fingers crossed we see even more indie names join the Nintendo Switch lineup soon!

For more on the Nintendo Switch here at Indie Obscura, be sure to check out our initial coverage of the Nintendo Switch reveal, how publisher Devolver Digital is joining the Nintendo Switch lineup, and the best reactions to the Nintendo Switch announcement!