In case it wasn’t clear already, Nintendo has completely turned things around from the failure that was the Wii U. According to data from the reliable NPD Group, Nintendo sold more than 8.7 million Switch consoles in the US from its launch in March 2017 through November of 2018, putting it on a faster pace than the other “current generation” consoles from Microsoft and Sony after the same amount of time following their releases. It’s a bit of a convoluted measure, and in pure numbers there are certainly more Xbox One and PS4 consoles (both of which launched in the fall 2013) out in the wild, but there’s no doubt that Nintendo is in a better spot than they were before the Switch arrived.
The Nintendo Switch had a strong showing its first E3 (Metroid Prime 4!, three new Mario games!), for sure, but nothing quite like what Fuze Technologies is showing off. The company has announced Fuze Code Studio, which looks like a simple way to code your own games for the console on the Switch itself. You can use a USB keyboard or Joycons to enter code, audio and graphics will be packed in, you can make 2D and 3D games and Fuze’s language is supposedly simple enough to pick up that you don’t need any previous coding experience.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has garnered a reputation for being a larger-than-life character, whether he’s onstage presenting his company’s latest or getting ready for a one-on-one interview. He’s playing Super Mario Run on an iPad mini when our meeting begins, as if he just can’t stop to focus on the more mundane task at hand. “I’m gonna put this down now,” he says as we get started. “I had a great run going, too.”