Nintendo officials plan to hit the market with Revolution, their next revolution console, and hit it hard. According to Nintendo of America senior VP George Harrison., customers will have to choose form around 20 titles when the console will be released.
Should this come true, it would be a clear sign that Nintendo has decided to change its strategy. As you might remember, Nintendo consoles had only a few games available when released. For instance, Nintendo 64 was launched with only two titles – Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64 .
In an interview with US magazine Game Informer, Harrison admitted that Nintendo has learned lessons from the success of Sony’s PS2 and said: “”
“You really make your reputation in the first year. You’ve got to deliver software, not just at launch, but you’ve got to deliver software in the first six to nine months after launch [Ã¢â‚¬Â¦]In GameCube, we didn’t have that, we had kind of a drought for six months after it launched. By that time your reputation starts to solidify and it’s hard to reverse that after awhile.”
Furthermore, Nintendo plans to focus on third-party developers. Up till now, the company has been the most important supplier of software for its own consoles. Now it would seem that the speed and low cost of development for the Revolution have convinced other developers to work with Nintendo. Harrison stated that two thirds of the titles launched with the system will be third-party.