Bowser talks all things Nintendo Switch
Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser (not to be confused with the other Bowser) recently talked to Polygon about Switch's future.
The interview covers subjects like the impact of COVID-19, the never-ending rumours of a Switch Pro, the future of Switch Online, the Joy-Con drift issue, the ascent of Animal Crossing to world-conquering blockbuster status and Nintendo's future and current expansion into markets like Lego and theme parks.
Animal grossing: Animal Crossing's success was “well beyond expectations is, I think, the simplest way to put it,” according to Bowser. “I don’t know that we expected it to be truly the cultural touchpoint that it became across the globe.” The game will continue to receive seasonal updates for a while yet.
Sunset clause: Why will certain Mario games no longer be available after March 31st next year? “This is a celebration of Mario’s 35th anniversary, and with some of these titles, we felt it was an opportunity to release them for a limited period of time.” Perhaps the simplest explanation is that they wouldn't have sold as much without a hard deadline?