What was once five games is now 10. The Nintendo Switch has seen its launch lineup almost double in fewer than two weeks since the roster debuted.
We took a closer look at the known lineup of day-one titles for the Nintendo Switch last week on January 20th. The day before, a new game was added to the initial five. That was The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+. It’s a relatively new expansion that only made its debut on other platforms earlier this year.
Since running that story, four more games have been announced for the Nintendo Switch’s launch. Interestingly, they’re all digital, and three of them are rather old.
The Switch is coming, are you ready?
What’s going on with the Nintendo Switch’s launch lineup?
The rundown of physical games hasn’t changed. That day-one lineup features these titles.
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- 1-2 Switch
- Just Dance 2017
- Super Bomberman R
- Skylanders Imaginators
All the games that have been added are of the digital variety. That’s not a knock on them, but that says something about what Nintendo has set for launch. The games added to the launch lineup in digital fashion so far are as follows:
- The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+
- I Am Setsuna
- World of Goo
- Little Inferno
- Human Resource Machine
Right, so that launch lineup has doubled.
It seems to me that Nintendo has turned to developers of older titles and indicated that some form of their Nintendo eShop will be up at launch. Obviously, that’s true. Nintendo doesn’t want a barren digital store at launch, and only offering their five games is a good way to tell customers that things are a little empty.
So, they’ve turned to older indies.
The good news here, if we’re operating on this assumption, is that the Nintendo Switch is likely inexpensive to port games to. If 2D Boy saw value in bringing Little Inferno to the Nintendo Switch, that says that the sales propositions outweighed the cost of porting the game.
I expect we’ll see a lot more in the way of older indies hitting the Nintendo Switch near launch. Heck, I’d even expect the day-one lineup to continue growing.