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An artwork for Bandai Namco’s ‘One Piece Unlimited RED’, re-released for Nintendo Switch in 2017. — AFP picAn artwork for Bandai Namco’s ‘One Piece Unlimited RED’, re-released for Nintendo Switch in 2017. — AFP picTOKYO, Nov 8 — Japanese video game label Bandai Namco has signalled its ongoing support for the Nintendo Switch console by promising “three big titles” for 2018. What could they be?

“We have put three games on the Switch so far and all of them are doing well,” Bandai Namco president, Mitsuaki Taguchi, told the Wall Street Journal (according to a pair of tweets from the reporting correspondent).

“We didn’t think the Switch [would] be accepted this fast.”

Namco’s current Switch output encompasses a deluxe edition of cartoon series tie-in One Piece: Unlimited World R, slick animated TV show adaptation Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, and an updated version of Pokémon fighting game Pokken Tournament, the last of which was previously released for the Switch’s predecessor, the Nintendo Wii U.

Those are in addition to 11-title retro game compilation Namco Museum, which included back catalogue classics Pac-Man and Galaga.

So what could Taguchi have in mind for his company’s future on the Switch?

The year’s existing schedule for PC, PlayStation and Xbox One includes a trio of action-oriented animé adaptations Dragon Ball FighterZ, Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet.

Then there’s Bandai’s successful publication of the notoriously difficult medieval fantasy adventures in the Dark Souls series; it has created another 2018 debut, in-house project Code Vein, as a response to the Dark Souls team calling time on their own series for now.

Hugely well established role-playing franchise Tales Of is part of the Bandai Namco family, with 16 core entries to the series and 2016’s Tales of Berseria being the most recent.

And The Idolmaster, a pop star training and rhythm game franchise, has proven popular since a 2005 debut, especially in Bandai Namco’s home territory of Japan. — AFP-Relaxnews

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