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The Wall Street Journal, in their reporting on Nintendo's recent financial report that released today, talked to Hirozaku Hamamura, chief executive of Japanese game-magazine publisher Gzbrain (which owns magazines like Famitsu). Hamamura, who is known equally for both extensive insider knowledge about the Japanese gaming industry and his loose lips about the same Japanese gaming industry, told WSJ that big games were coming to Switch much later because third parties were surprised by its success.

Specifically, Hamamura says that a lot of heavy hitters one would expect to come to Switch won't be there until 2019, due to the prolonged nature of game development and the dawning realization that the system was not going to be another Wii U over the last seven months.

One third party who got on board quickly with the Switch, Koei Tecmo, struck a somewhat boastful tone last week during a press conference. From the WSJ article:

“We bet big on the Switch as a game changer so we began making games before the Switch’s launch, but many software companies showed reluctance in releasing Switch games before they witnessed the current success,” said Yoichi Erikawa, chief executive at Koei Tecmo.

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Looks like Japanese developers were not expecting the Switch to be a huge hit. The report say that Japanese developers will start having more games on it in 2019. So for now we will have to deal with ports and such. I wonder if 2018 will have anything big that we do not know about.



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2019 is a far way away for heavy hitters to land imho. Probably updated switch at the same time.



Well, that was beyond evident given that few japanese came for it, save the exclusive projects, in 2017.I mean, Capcom is a prime example of that with MH World, though you could say that its simply Capcom being Capcom.

And well, thats also an unfortunate news, since I would like to play many japanese games on my Switch.Well, hopefully they get those developers back to work and being incentivized with a whip, because I want those games as soon as possible!



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Thinking more about it, how out of touch can japanese developers be?Switch is a hybrid, so that means its part handheld, and Nintendo handhelds have always been successful in Japan.It may not have been DS or 3DS numbers, but it would hav been successful in Japan.How the hell they didnt see that?



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Nautilus said:
Well, that was beyond evident given that few japanese came for it, save the exclusive projects, in 2017.I mean, Capcom is a prime example of that with MH World, though you could say that its simply Capcom being Capcom.

And well, thats also an unfortunate news, since I would like to play many japanese games on my Switch.Well, hopefully they get those developers back to work and being incentivized with a whip, because I want those games as soon as possible!

MH World started development before the Switch was a thing.

MH XX tho? They ported it to the Switch, but released it 3 months after launch? When it could have been a launch title? That's Capcom.



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Why didn't they have second thoughts about the PS4 after Sony blew it with the PS3?(at least initially) They even supported the Dreamcast at launch.

Something smells. I don't think these developers hate Nintendo, they're jealous.

I remember back in 2007 Hirai in an interview said something like: "we can't let Nintendo run with the market". Basically confirming right there it's conspiratory in the way it was worded and the question.

But here's the thing: when Nintendo does well, the industry does well because they bring a lot of people in. These developers have to make their minds and bury their resentment once and for all.

Yamauchi is DEAD. WTF are they holding a grudge for? Stupid.

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Nautilus said:
Thinking more about it, how out of touch can japanese developers be?Switch is a hybrid, so that means its part handheld, and Nintendo handhelds have always been successful in Japan.It may not have been DS or 3DS numbers, but it would hav been successful in Japan.How the hell they didnt see that?

That's the question! It was pretty evident from first reveal that it would be popular in Japan, well apparently not to everyone though



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Slarvax said:
Nautilus said:
Well, that was beyond evident given that few japanese came for it, save the exclusive projects, in 2017.I mean, Capcom is a prime example of that with MH World, though you could say that its simply Capcom being Capcom.

And well, thats also an unfortunate news, since I would like to play many japanese games on my Switch.Well, hopefully they get those developers back to work and being incentivized with a whip, because I want those games as soon as possible!

MH World started development before the Switch was a thing.

MH XX tho? They ported it to the Switch, but released it 3 months after launch? When it could have been a launch title? That's Capcom.

But Capcom was in touch with Nintendo regarding the Switch for years.They even were the ones that requested the increase in the memory(from 2G to 4G).

So if Capcom wanted, they could have easily have made a port for MH World on the Switch.Given that the MH fanbase is on handhelds, it would be a garanteed success.They just didnt because they are Capcom.



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