Nintendo Switch - A List of Notable Games - Game Design Gazette

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Nintendo Switch - A List of Notable Games

Click here to access the sheet

What is this?

A spreadsheet of notable games that have been announced / released for the Nintendo Switch, with the following details:

  • Who is making them?
  • Who is publishing them?
  • If they were on another platform, who ported them to Switch?
  • What engine do they run on?
  • How much stickiness did they have on the eShop?

…and more. Essentially, the point of the spreadsheet is to list notable Switch games and give you a sense of the Switch market in terms of what kinds of games are being released and where they're coming from. It's an experiment to see if anyone finds this sort of thing useful.

You can also filter the sheet using the Filter button at the top-left corner, in order to find things you want.

Why are we doing this?

I love spreadsheets and videogames. I love helping educate people about games and generating interesting discussion aroundthem. The sheet—if maintained properly—will hopefully help inform ongoing and future discussions for the next few years. The eventual goal is to get the spreadsheet to a point where developers would be comfortable volunteering information for the sheet. (Engines they used, porthouses, sales figures whenever it’s possible etc.)

Where are the eShop Rankings from?

The USA Nintendo eShop Rankings are from Nintendo Everything, who post ranking updates every Friday. Many thanks to @NE_Brian, without whom the entire eShop section in the sheet wouldn't have been possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What constitutes a “notable” game?

A1. A game must be "significant" in some way to be added to the sheet. It could be a well-known brand, be by a well-known developer or publisher, look like a really high-quality project, or have sold well on another platform. Naturally, the definition of “notable” is fairly loose but the idea is to curate the sheet fairly tightly and not just pad it out with fluff.

Q2. How do I recommend a game for the sheet?

A2. Please send an e-mail to the e-mail address mentioned in the header note for column A in the sheet. Do note that there’s no guarantee a game will be added to the sheet just because you personally found it interesting, although we’re absolutely going to do our best to pick the ones that look interesting, or fill any of the other aforementioned criteria.

Q3. Why not just list every game announced/released for Switch?

A3. We’ve already got Wikipedia and Nintendo’s own website for that! This is an effort to create something that’s a little more curated and informative.

Q4. I’m a developer and I’m insulted my awesome game isn’t on here!

A4. Don’t feel insulted! If you’ve got a great game, we absolutely want you listed in the sheet. Let us know why the game is cool, and why you feel it belongs on the list and we’ll discuss it. (Naturally, having footage of your game is recommended)

Q5. Will you ever open this sheet up to the public?

A5. Someday. That was actually the original plan, but as you might imagine it's difficult to trust that certain kinds of people on the Internet won't destroy the data in the sheet just for kicks.

Q6. I want to help. How can I do that?

A6. First, thanks for your interest! There are a few ways you can contribute:

  • If you find a mistake in the spreadsheet, let me know. (Please be sure it's actually a mistake)
  • Help look up awesome games and discuss their inclusion in here.
  • Help get the word out about the spreadsheet! Tweet it, FB it, whatever. The more people see it, the better. (Especially indie game devs—it would be awesome if they volunteer info!)