We might be getting even more DLC for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey—at least, if Nintendo’s new president has anything to say about it.
“We need continuous growth,” Furukawa said. “We must keep releasing new software. That includes DLCs and other contents for big titles that are already out. And more focus on online play. Lastly, more genres and diverse games to draw in people who don’t currently play on Switch.”
Its first-party titles, however, aren’t as impressive, with only three—Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe—selling over 10 million units, with Splatoon 2 at 7.47 million. It makes sense that Furukawa would want more DLC for these games, as they have obviously captured Switch owners’ attention more than, say, Mario Tennis Aces or Kirby Star Allies, which have both sold a little over 2 million units. Personally, if Breath of the Wild or Odyssey came out with paid expansions, I would buy both of them at launch.
Furukawa’s first main test as president came in overseeing the smooth launch of Switch Online in September. Interestingly, Furukawa also told Nakamura that less than 50 percent of Switch Online users have purchased an annual plan.
Furukawa, who formerly served on the board of The Pokémon Company and as head of Nintendo’s global marketing, stated that he wanted Nintendo to build “longer-term relationships” with its customers when he took over as president while also “keeping our dedicated video game platform business with its integrated hardware and software at the core of our operations, as we have always done.”