Nintendo Switch Survey: 24 Japanese Developers Answer on Price, Games in Development, Features, More

24 representatives of Japanese game companies were asked by Famitsu to answer a few questions on the upcoming Nintendo Switch.

By Giuseppe Nelva

February 15, 2017

The Japanese magazine Weekly Famitsu conducted a survey among 24 Japanese game developers, asking questions on the upcoming Nintendo Switch, publishing the answers in today’s issue.

Representatives of local game companies were asked to respond on several elements including prices, games in development or planned, which features sparked interest, paid online services and more. Below you can read the questions and how they were answered.

Are you developing games for Nintendo Switch?

  • Yes: 54%
  • It’s being considered: 25%
  • No: 17%
  • Declined to answer: 4%

Do you plan to release games for Nintendo Switch in the future?

  • Yes: 46%
  • It’s being considered: 46%
  • Not at the moment: 4%
  • Declined to answer: 4%

Do you feel expectations from customers after the announcement of the Nintendo Switch?

  • Yes: 50%
  • I can’t say either way: 38%
  • No: 8%
  • Declined to answer: 4%

What was your impression about the price?

  • It’s appropriate: 67%
  • It’s cheap: 25%
  • It’s high: 4%
  • Declined to answer: 4%

What are your thoughts on paid online services?

  • Charging is unavoidable: 41%
  • Free was a better option if possible: 38%
  • I can’t say either way: 17%
  • Declined to answer: 4%

Please tell us know about a feature that is particularly interesting (multiple answers accepted).

  • Three play modes: 14 developers.
  • HD Rumble: 10 developers.
  • Joy-Con: 9 developers.
  • Two-player local multiplater using Joy-Con: 8 developers.
  • IR motion camera: 5 developers.
  • Online services (interaction with smart devices): 4 developers.
  • Local multiplayer (with multiple consoles): 2 developers.
  • Ability to capture screenshots with one button press: 1 developer.
  • Declined to answer: 1 developer.

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What genre do you think is suitable for the Nintendo Switch? (multiple answers accepted)

  • RPG: 18 developers.
  • Action: 18 developers.
  • Simulation: 14 developers.
  • Puzzle: 14 developers.
  • Racing: 14 developers.
  • Adventure: 11 developers.
  • Quiz: 11 developers.
  • Simulator: 10 developers.
  • FPS/TPS: 10 developers.
  • Shooting: 7 developers.
  • Declined to answer: 1 developer.

What do you think is the most crucial element for Nintendo Switch to be successful?

  • Enriching the software: 34%
  • The launch of a killer application: 34%
  • Other:20%
  • Marketing: 8%
  • Declined to answer: 4%

Nintendo Switch will release on March 3rd worldwide. It’ll be certainly interesting to see how it’ll perform, but for now we can only wait.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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