Are You Making Nintendo Switch Games? Japanese Developers Answer That And More

By Brian Ashcraft on at

In the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu, twenty four Japanese game companies were polled about the Nintendo Switch. Their answers may or may not surprise you.

Here are eight interesting questions (and answers) of Famitsu’s poll.

1. Are you developing any games for the Nintendo Switch?

Currently developing: 54 per cent

Thinking about it now: 25 per cent

Not developing: 17 per cent

No answer: 4 per cent

2. In the future, do you have plans to release any games [on the Switch]?

Yes: 46 per cent

Thinking about it now: 46 per cent

None at the moment: 4 per cent

No answer: 4 per cent

(Note the difference between those planning to release a Switch game and those developing Switch titles. Famitsu wonders if the difference is companies waiting to see how the Switch does before finalising release plans. I wonder if these are multiplatform titles.)

3. After the Nintendo Switch reveal, do you feel that players are excited about it?

Yes: 50 per cent

Can’t say either way: 38 per cent

No: 8 per cent

No answer: 4 per cent

4. What’s your take on the price?

Appropriate: 67 per cent

Cheap: 25 per cent

Expensive: 4 per cent

No answer: 4 per cent

5. What are your thoughts about making the online paid?

No choice but to make it paid: 41 per cent

If possible, wish it was free: 38 per cent

Can’t say either way: 17 per cent

No answer: 4 per cent

6. Please state which functions and modes stand out. (Multiple responses were allowed for this question.)

Three different modes of playing: 14 votes

HD Rumble: 10 votes

Joy-Con: 9 votes

Two-player local play with the Joy-Con remotes: 8 votes

Motion IR Camera: 5 votes

Online Service (including smart device app): 4 votes

Local wireless play: 2 votes

One-button screenshot capture: 1 vote

No answer: 1 vote

7. What genres do you think suit [the Nintendo Switch]? (Multiple responses were allowed for this question.)

RPG: 18 votes

Action: 18 votes

Simulation: 14 votes

Puzzle: 14 votes

Racing: 14 votes

Adventure: 11 votes

Quiz: 11 votes

Simulator: 10 votes

FPS/TPS: 10 votes

Shooting: 7 votes

No answer: 1 vote

(Note: I’m guessing here “Simulation” refers to something like The Sims, while Simulator refers to, for example, a Japanese train simulator game. “Shooting” refers to games like Gradius, Ikaruga, Space Invaders, etc.)

8. What’s most important for the Nintendo Switch to catch on?

Solid games: 34 per cent

System Sellers: 34 per cent

Marketing: 8 per cent

Something else: 20 per cent

No answer: 4 per cent