Reginald “Reggie” Fils-Aimé, President of Nintendo of America, revealed that there will be an abundance of third-party games and online capabilities coming to the Nintendo Switch in an interview with popular YouTube reviewer Jared “ProJared” Knabenbauer Wednesday.
Knabenbauer was able to have the opportunity to speak with Fils-Aimé at the Nintendo Switch preview event in New York City. During the interview, Knabenbauer was able to ask Fils-Aimé questions about what to expect from the Nintendo Switch, and Fils-Aimé was able to ask Knabenbauer questions about what he, as a customer, wanted from the Nintendo Switch.
Fils-Aimé reported that there are currently 80 new games in development, and 50 of those will be made by different developers. He also said that the new dedicated online service will be a subscription service that will require either a monthly or annual fee. Features of this service will include matchmaking, lobbies, Virtual Console content, and voice chat.
“What we’re trying to do is create something that’s differentiated from our competitors but also solves the need of our consumers in terms of what they want and what they expect from an online experience,” said Fils-Aimé.
He then confirmed that the portable capabilities of the Nintendo Switch will not hinder the progress of their most popular portable gaming system, the Nintendo 3DS.
Knabenbauer told Fils-Aimé that, as a customer, he was really excited for most of the games revealed at the event, such as Splatoon 2, Fire Emblem: Warriors, and the new Square Enix RPG. He recommended that a new Monster Hunter game should be made for the Switch.
The new Nintendo Switch console will be available to the public on March 3, 2017.