It’s safe to say as well that most these are going to be fairly high quality as well…with all of the first party MS has now and investing they’re doing, in addition to all the Xbox global publishing
What’s crazy is Nintendo doesn’t even have that many first party studios…they have like…7? Although Nintendo EPD has a bunch of different teams that make different projects
Now to be fair…Nintendo games generally probably don’t cost too much to make or require massive team sizes…Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Link’s Awakening both came out in 2019 and both Next Level Games and Grezzo both have like 80-ish employees
Somehow Nintendo can put out games with low cost and short development times but they still end up selling like 5-7+ million copies and that’s on the lower end
As I said in the Direct topic, I think Zelda won’t release this year and Game Freak will release Pokémon gen 9 games. I also add Metroid Prime 4, which will release 2022 or 2023.
They have 11 studios counting their NPDs only, and you might add some second party there. They also don’t focus only on epic releases and do some mid-size games that are just fun, something I think Xbox should do more to give more diversity to their backlog. Releases like Fusion Frenzy or 1 vs 100.
The overall number of teams nintendo has as first party is around 18, and they have a bazillion of second party partnerships so Nintendo can have this number of games each year without any issue.
If you’re wondering…
From Nintendo EPD
1,2,6, software and technology, smart device PG are support and co development studios.
3 (zelda), 4 (Labo and weird shit), 5 (splatoon), 7 (miitomo), 8 (mario 3d), 9 (Mario kart) and 10 (SMM) are full fledge teams.
While outside EPD you have next level games, retro studios, ndcube, 1 up studio, monolithsoft and the Pokémon company
There have been years in the Switch’s history where Nintendo had few first parties and relied mostly on old Wii U ports to fill out their lineup. We seem to be past that now and going into the Switch 2 it’ll be nothing but new games (hopefully).
Nintendo isn’t for me but their Direct yesterday was actually pretty damn good and their 2022 lineup is very strong even without BOTW 2. Even if Bayonetta 3 gets delayed to 2023, that’s still a strong 2022 lineup in my opinion.