Nintendo has grand plans for adding more indie games to the Nintendo Switch.
In the past, Nintendo has shied away from adding third-party games to its main consoles. The eShop was fairly closed off during the Wii’s lifetime, and only started to open up more towards the end of the Wii U’s life cycle. For the Switch, however, Nintendo wants to add as many as 20 to 30 new indie games to the eShop per week.
The news emerged during Nintendo’s 78th annual general shareholders meeting (via Destructoid). When one shareholder brought up the topic of indie games, managing executive officer Shinya Takahashi responded with the unprecedented high numbers.
“We are… actively engaging with indie developers at video game-focused shows and other events in different regions… Some of the indie games already released have gone on to become million sellers worldwide,” Takahashi said. “In the future, we are looking to release around 20 to 30 indie games on Nintendo Switch per week, and we definitely expect to see some great games among them.”
This isn’t the first news we’ve heard about Nintendo welcoming indie games to the eShop, but it shows that Nintendo is planning to steadily increase the number of smaller third-party games found on its console and place them next to Nintendo’s own games. Back in February, two Nintendo representatives explained that the company didn’t want to “differentiate” indie games from Nintendo’s own offerings and AAA titles.
“We would like to be a platform that developers choose to make their game for,” a representative said at the time.
If Nintendo does succeed at adding that many games, we could be looking at roughly 80 to 120 new games a month, or 1040 to 1560 games a year. Even if Nintendo falls far short of its plans, there are still likely to be a ton of new games available on the Switch.