Nintendo have been focused on multiplayer-laden games recently, with upcoming titles such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Tennis Aces and Super Mario Party announced this year.
This is on the back of more single-player-focused experiences in 2017, with the award-hoarding titles Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey.
IGN caught up with Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime, on the topic.
“A core proposition with Nintendo Switch is the ability to be playing a game and having an experience, seeing someone looking over at what you’re doing, and the ability to just pop out a controller, hand it to someone, and to jump into a multiplayer experience really is a key part of the proposition,” Fils-Aime said. “[Multiplayer experiences are] not exclusive, so we will still have these wonderful single-player experiences like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
“The ability to have a multiplayer experience was a key part of the thinking for the Nintendo Switch.”
We have already been sorrowfully teased with highly anticipated titles that we can only assume are more likely to be mainly single-player in the future, such as a core Pokémon title in 2019, a tentative Yoshi title and of course, Metroid Prime 4.
With the overwhleming reception of the aforementioned Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, the multiplayer concept that the Joy-Con are synonomous with, along with the popularity of games like Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, fans can rest assured that multiple interests will be catered for to a high quality standard following Reggie’s statement.