Nintendo Switch doubles Xbox One’s upcoming exclusives list

Chris Stead 20 January 2017

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The Nintendo Switch may not be releasing till 3 March, but already it has more exclusive games in its pipeline than the Xbox One.

It’s no secret that the PlayStation 4 is having a good run of it in this console generation. Its diverse catalogue of games and vast number of partner studios has helped Sony win gamers over to the point where it has sold double the amount of consoles as Microsoft’s Xbox One, and more than triple that of Nintendo’s Wii U. Nintendo has already hit the eject button on the eighth generation of consoles, with its follow-up to the Wii U, the Nintendo Switch, arriving on 3 March worldwide. We’ve had a chance to go hands-on with the machine, and while it is undoubtedly fun and offers an experience unlike anything we have seen before, time will tell whether it will be a hit with consumers.

Whatever happens, given the anticipation and the arrival of both new Zelda and Super Mario games, the company is in for a better year with the Switch than it ever had with the Wii U. For Microsoft, however, the road ahead remains unclear. Quickly falling out of favour with indie and third-party developers due to the large disparity in install base between the Xbox One and PS4, and with a threadbare roster of developers working exclusively on a new console, times are looking bleak. Towards the end of 2017 the new, enhanced Project Scorpio console may reinvigorate interest in the Xbox One, but it’s quite possible by then the horse will have bolted. In fact, the Switch could be hot on its heels.

At the turn of the year, I published an article which compared all the exclusive games currently announced for the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. The result was stark, with the PS4 outweighing the Xbox One 88 exclusives to 18. Since then the news has gotten worse. Scalebound, a high-profile Xbox One exclusive, has been cancelled and Phantom Dust is now no longer in the pipeline for release.

Meanwhile, a stack of new games have been announced for the Switch. When I updated the exclusives comparison, the equation had changed dramatically. The PlayStation 4 still dominated with 90 exclusives incoming, with the Xbox One now sitting at just 16. The Nintendo Switch, on the other hand, has jumped to 31 known exclusives - and that’s assuming the announced but untitled FIFA game isn’t a spin-off.

The argument, of course, is quality over quantity, but when trying to reach a demographic as wide-ranging as gaming, diversity is also key. We’re big fans of Microsoft’s Xbox One console and hope that this comparison will help kick-start some activity and announcements From Microsoft well ahead of the release of Project Scorpio.

PS4Xbox OneSwitch
Ace Combat 7Ashen1-2-Switch
Berserk and the Band of the HawkBelowArms
Birthdays the BeginningBrambleLashBit! Boy! Arcade
Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku!Conan ExilesDungeon of Zaar
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane TrilogyCrackdown 3Fast RMX
Danganronpa 1-2 ReloadCupheadFire Emblem Warriors
Danganronpa V3: Killing HarmonyGiganticMario Kart 8 Deluxe
Dark Rose ValkyrieHalo Wars 2New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers
Day's GoneNatsuki ChronicleNiki – Rock 'n' Ball
Death StrandingPit PeopleNo More Heroes 3
Death’s GambitRise & ShinePikmin 4**
Deep DownSea of ThievesPokémon Stars**
Detroit: Become HumanSpace EngineersProject Octopath Traveler (working title)
Digimon World: Next OrderState of Decay 2Puzzlebox Setup
Dino Frontier (PSVR)TacomaRiverside
DivideVoodoo Vince RemasterSeasons of Heaven
Dragon Quest Heroes IISnipperclips
DreadnoughtSplatoon 2
DreamsSunu Ikkibu: Din Nahu
Dungeon Defenders IISuper Bomberman R
Dynasty Warriors: GodseekersSuper Mario Odyssey
Earth Defense Force 5Tank It!
EverythingThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Farpoint (PSVR)The Sacred Hero
Fate/Extella: The Umbral StarUltra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
Final Fantasy VII RemakeUnknown BlazBlue title
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac AgeUntitled Shin Megami Tensei game
Full Throttle RemasterUntitled Steamworld Game
Future UnfoldingUntitled Taiko Drum Master game
GNOG (PSVR)Untitled Tales Game
God of WarXenoblade Chronicles 2
Golem (PSVR)
Gran Turismo Sport
Gravity Rush 2
Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Hob
Hollowpoint
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
Knack 2
Knights and Bikes
Loot Rascals
Megaton Rainfall (PSVR)
MLB: The Show 17
Mosaic
New Hot Shot Golf
Nex Machina
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Nier: Automata
Nine Parchments
Nioh
Obduction (PSVR)
PaRappa the Rapper Remastered
Persona 5
Project Phoenix
Pyre
Shenmue III
Spider-Man
Star Trek: Bridge Crew (PSVR)
Starblood Arena (PSVR)
Statik (PSVR)
Sudden Strike 4
Sundered
Symphony of the Machine (PSVR)
Syren (PSVR)
Tales of Berseria
The Last of Us Part II
The Silver Case
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Valkyria Revolution
What Remains of Edith Finch
Wild
Windjammers
Wipeout Omega Collection
XING: The Land Beyond
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
Ys Origin
Zero Escape: The Nonary Games
Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4 Plus: Summer Memories
Japan Only
Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight
Blue Reflection
Musou Stars
New Danganronpa V3: Minna no Koroshiai Shingakki
Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon
Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash
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