Opinion: Is Nintendo’s silence about upcoming games hurting them?

I’m a fan of all platforms in their own right and have owned consoles from each of the big three over the years. Lately, though I have really been drawn to Nintendo and the Switch in particular and have been astounded at its growth in the last year, especially after the disastrous WiiU (a console I also owned). However, I am one of those that was a little underwhelmed by Nintendo’s E3 presentation and their major focus on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Yes, it is not really a game I’m into, and yes, I have heard and recognise that Nintendo likes to do their own thing and often uses E3 to showcase only one big upcoming game, leaving games launching later for future Directs. But, the latter argument I think is a little flawed when you see what Nintendo did at their to previous E3 showings, and the silence on other big upcoming games did send just a little shiver of concern down my back and it seems that Nintendo’s recent stock price drop indicates that I’m not the only one.

The Nintendo stock price has recently dropped over 5% and as explained by Dr Serkan Toto from Kantan Games Inc. (and as brought to our attention by Mynintendonews) Japanese publication ‘The Nikkei’ thinks that the drop is due to:

…a lack of new information on the game pipeline and sluggish sales of the Switch, causing foreign shareholders to get rid of the stock.

Despite this, during a general meeting of shareholders, outgoing Nintendo President Kimishima tried to allay concerns by assuring shareholders and fans alike that more information is on its way. According to Dualshockers. he explained that “the company is preparing to disclose more information to the customers at an appropriate timing, including products that will be launched during the year-end shopping battle. It’s not yet time to announce the full lineup.” So it seems that at least for now, Nintendo does not share my worries.

That being said, with rumours of possible increases of Switch console prices coming to SA at some point swirling around, I hope Nintendo did not shoot themselves in the foot by not including something as simple as a screenshot or two of the upcoming Metroid game at the end of their E3 Direct. Seems like an insignificant few seconds, but often it’s the type of small ‘wow’ moment that promises more coming in the future and calms us (probably unrealistically expectant) gamers.

Nintendo Nerd, sharing my love of Mario with the world one pixel at a time.

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