The Nintendo Switch Is Launching With Few Games

By Michael Augustin , Updated Jan 17, 2017 09:39 AM EST

The Nintendo Switch is almost around the corner with its March 3, 2017 release date. The new hardware is set to launch with a few games in tow, but more are expected to follow soon after. Consumers have been wondering what titles are launching together with the new console. Fans have speculated that there would be only two games releasing on the same day as the new gaming system.

According to Techno Buffalo, the new game console is set to launch with five games in March. These are rumored to be "Just Dance 2017," "Skylanders: Imaginators," "Super Bomberman," "1-2-Switch" and "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild." The next games are expected to follow in spring. The Japanese gaming company has so far confirmed only two of the five games for the same release day as their new system.

This is not the first time that a Nintendo gaming system is released with few games. The Nintendo Gameboy and DS also had few launch titles available during their respective release dates. Given that consoles like the Nintendo Switch are considered long-term investments, their success cannot be determined by the number of games that are released alongside them.

Shortly after the hybrid game system's official reveal event, a tweet was sent by Daniel Ahmad, a Niko Partners analyst. The tweet claims that list of games are the North American launch lineup. He adds that among the listed titles, only "1-2-Switch" and "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" were tagged for March 3, 2017. The other items were labeled as TBD, as reported by The Verge.

Many of the speculated titles for the Nintendo Switch are already available on other systems. Games like "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" and "Skyrim" have been available on other systems, but are set for release on later dates. Unless, Nintendo makes a surprise announcement, it looks like gamers will have to endure the available games until new ones come out in the months to follow.

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