When interviewing Julie Gagnon of Nintendo during this year’s E3, I had the opportunity to ask about Nintendo’s annualization strategy. I asked about the fact that key Nintendo franchises, such as Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, and even Kirby, were getting releases nearly each year, and whether this strategy would continue in the future. In short, Gagnon clarified that the choice is really all left up to developers. If a developer wants to release a game each year, then that is their choice and not Nintendo’s.
“It really depends on what the developer has in mind for the franchises. Sometimes you have Zelda sequels and what we have today with Zelda: Triforce Heroes is completely different and not in the timeline of Zelda. So, it really depends on what the developer has in mind and what they propose. So, I think it’s more a coincidence that we have all these great franchises that people like for each year. This isn’t necessarily something we will see for all the years in the future.”