In an interview with French tech magazine Les Numériques, France’s Nintendo Managing Director Philippe Lavoué said that we should expect further titles from EA during the lifespan of the Nintendo Switch.
He later states in the interview that we should expect “more announcements on the Switch” and that the versatile and portable nature of the hybrid Nintendo Switch will be crucial to the success of the FIFA franchise, especially as the 2018 FIFA World Cup looms close as EA “doubles down” on marketing FIFA.
This is in spite of the fact that FIFA 18 only sold a mediocre 73,000 units in France. However, Managing Director Philippe Lavoué insists that release was just a “test case” for the publisher EA and that it will be “doubling down” as the World Cup comes closer.
However, had EA jumped on the Nintendo Switch train early like its competitors did, it would have reaped the massive early success they had with their releases. As was seen when Bandai Namco Entertainment saw impressive sales of over half a million units for the Nintendo Switch port of its 2017 game, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.
EA is also expected to release its other sports titles besides FIFA like Madden NFL on the Nintendo Switch console.
This is just one in a slew of positive news coming for the Nintendo Switch console with it also having recently outsold both its competitors, Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox One, in December last year in the United States.
Nintendo has been taking many bold moves lately and it seems to be paying off with Nintendo selling over 10 million Nintendo Switch consoles in 2017 with its flagship release game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild selling over four million copies alone.
What do you think of EA’s latest move to release more titles on the Nintendo Switch? Will it pay off for EA or sales still be lackluster? Let us know in the comments.