GameStop CEO Says Nintendo's Unannounced Games Will Lead to a Very Strong 2018

GameStop CEO Says Nintendo's Unannounced Games Will Lead to a Very Strong 2018

What does Nintendo have up its sleeves?

The Nintendo Switch had a very successful launch year thanks in no small part to big name software releases like Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and smaller game releases each month in between. Now, the CEO of video game retailer GameStop believes that 2018 will be another strong year for Nintendo thanks to a slate of unannounced games.

In 2017 we saw games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild which we named our game of the year in 2017.

According to GameStop CEO Mike K. Mauler at a recent investors earnings call 2018 might be a similarly strong year for Nintendo based on the same strong software strategy seen from the company last year. During the earning's call, Mauler said:

So, last year was a tremendous year for their software as well as hardware, between Zelda and Mario Odyssey and all the games that they had, it really drove a lot of hardware sales as well as software. I think, this year, when we look at the slate of titles -- many of which haven't been announced yet -- this year looks also very, very strong. So, I think, at least for 2018, we'll continue to see the strong software slate drive additional install based on the hardware and increase attach rate. We don't have, really, visibility for '19 yet, but for '18, it should play out that way.

Nintendo's software strategy during the launch year of the Nintendo Switch hardware was to release a new game pretty much on a monthly basis. While not every title was on the same level as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Super Mario Odyssey, there were strong showings from games like Splatoon 2, ARMS, and Mario Kart 8: Deluxe Edition.

In 2018 we can expect a new Yoshi game, a port of a Wii U Donkey Kong Country game, and we've already seen a new Kirby Star Allies (review here). There's also some high-profile indies this year like No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again and potential game of the year contender Celeste. But if what Mauler says is true then we might see some Legend of Zelda calibur software in 2018 as well.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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