A new update this week suggests that the Nintendo Switch games list is set to get a big boost in 2018.
While the Japanese games giant have reiterated its support for the Nintendo 3DS, it appears that things could be winding down for the plucky handheld.
Natsume CEO, Hiro Maekawa, has revealed that Nintendo’s gaming gaze seems fixed on the Switch, with Harvest Moon: Light of Hope not launching on the 3DS.
“Nintendo has now shifted their energy to Switch. At this point, I don’t think they are interested in 3DS titles. And our customers aren’t interested in 3DS titles either,” he told Gamesindustry.biz.
“They are losing their interest in 3DS titles as well, simply because of Switch.
“Everybody’s talking about Switch, Switch, Switch! So Switch will be not only the next big handheld, but also a console platform. Either way.”
With the Switch doing so well, it would make sense that Nintendo would want to put a lot of resources into further titles.
One of the next big games to make its debut on the new handheld is Splatoon 2.
The new shooter arrives on July 21, although fans have been able to try the game out this weekend, for a short window.
Taking place on Saturday, July 15, the Splatoon 2 Splatfest let players choose either Team Cake or Team Ice Cream.
The Splatoon 2 Splatfest also gave gamers the chance to try a selection of Splatoon 2’s new weapons and stages.
In terms of maps, the Starfish Mainstage and Inkblot Art Academy arenas were playable from 5-7pm, while Moray Towers and Humpback Pump Track join the fray at 7pm.
Weapon combinations included the Tentatek Splattershot, Splat Bomb and Inkjet; the Splat Roller, Curling Bomb and Splashdown; the Splat Charger, Splat Bomb and Sting Ray, plus the Splat Dualies, Burst Bomb and Tenta Missiles.
Players also got to create their characters, deck them out in themed outfits and check out the main hub.
That’s on top of a quick tutorial to get players used to the controls.
The Splatoon 2 Splatfest has now finished and will not arrive again until after the full title launches later this month.
Nintendo Switch demand has far surpassed original estimates, with many retailers around the world struggling to keep up.
The effects of the shortage can be felt in several key markets around the world, with Japan seeing the biggest boost.
It has now been confirmed that the Switch has been the best-selling hardware in the first six months of 2017, going over the million unit-mark within four months of going on sale.
Nintendo Switch stock still remains a problem though, although there could be some good news on the horizon.
New Nintendo Switch Gamestop deals have been announced for July, with many costing over $400.
One such deal includes the Nintendo Switch Neon Joy-Con ARMS and Accessories Bundle, retailing at $469.99.
The release date of this new bundle has been set for July 21 and is only available online.
There’s also another combo being offered at an even higher price, Nintendo Switch w/Neon Joy-Con Ultimate Fan Bundle including ARMS, Zelda Breath of the Wild and Expansion Pass and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
And Nintendo have confirmed that they expect more stock to arrive later this month, adding: “We anticipate more stock to arrive in mid-July. Customer orders will be fulfilled in the order they are placed.”
Players in the UK mostly have access to pre order pages for the Nintendo Switch, effectively putting down a deposit so that they can queue for a system.
A message from GAME explains: “At this time we have not received official confirmation of the next stock delivery of this product.
“We are working extremely hard with Nintendo to receive more stock of the Nintendo Switch for customers.”