The Nintendo Switch’s amazing first-year sales can almost certainly be attributed to its incredible first-party lineup. But if the Switch hopes to keep pace in 2018, then Nintendo needs to court major third-party publishers—namely EA, Konami, and Ubisoft. Fortunately for Nintendo, it sounds like these publishers are happy with the results so far.
Talking to French outlet Les Numériques, Nintendo France general manager Philippe Lavoué recently explained that FIFA 18 on the Switch was a test for the hybrid console, and it passed.
Lavoué specifically cited the 73,000 physical copies of FIFA 18 sold in France as a convincing factor in EA’s decision to bring more games to the Switch. Plus, with the upcoming 2018 World Cup and the fact that more people are buying Switches every day, Lavoué said he expects that number to rise in the next few months.
Likewise, Ubisoft was happy with its titles’ sales results on the Switch, including Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Rayman Legends, and Just Dance 2018. Konami was also pleased with Super Bomberman‘s sales, according to Lavoué.
According to (the sometimes unreliable) VG Chartz, FIFA 18 sold almost half a million copies globally on the Switch, with over half those sales coming from the European market. That number might be eclipsed by its console rivals’ sales figures—2.4 million copies on Xbox One and a whopping 9.3 million copies on PlayStation 4—but it’s not terrible, considering the Switch version’s lack of modes, older engine, and the console’s smaller install base. After all, FIFA 18 on the Switch is the first time a FIFA game has been portable since FIFA 15 on the Nintendo 3DS, as Lavoué pointed out, lending it marketable feature above the other versions.
It seems as long as the Switch’s sales continue to do well—which, as you might remember, was every major third-party publisher’s gripe with the Wii U—we’ll continue to get ports of their titles on the Switch. However, if these publishers and developers still can’t figure out how to include all the different modes that come with the other console versions, I doubt we’ll see comparatively staggering sales numbers on the Switch.