In a recent interview with Game Informer Magazine, Nintendo of America's Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communication George Harrison cited the number of titles expected at the launch of the company's next-generation console, code-named Nintendo Revolution.
According to Harrison, Nintendo is planning approximately 20 titles total for Revolution's launch. He also noted that about a third of them would come from Nintendo.
Harrison also said Nintendo has learned some lessons from the PlayStation 2's success and GameCube's launch. "The other thing we recognized is that you really make your reputation in the first year. You've got to deliver software, not just at launch, but you've got to deliver software in the first six to nine months after launch. It has to be solid software," Harrison stated. "In GameCube, we didn't have that, we had kind of a drought for six months after it launched. By that time your reputation starts to solidify and it's hard to reverse that after awhile."
For those unaware, the following information is known or has been speculated regarding Revolution launch titles (please note that all of these games are either unofficial or have no official release date and may not show up at launch):
French Publisher Ubisoft recently announced that Red Steel would be a launch title; Tecmo has cited Skatto Golf Pangya Revolution (tentative title) as a launch game, but currently only for Japan; Midway has a Revolution project in the works set to arrive this year, potentially at launch; recent speculation has pinned two titles from Activision -- new iterations of Call of Duty and Tony Hawk -- as launch titles; THQ is preparing a Revolution version of Disney/Pixar's Cars, set to arrive around launch; a Revolution version of Atlus' Trauma Center is rumored to be a launch title; Nintendo President Satoru Iwata stated a new installment of Super Smash Bros. would be available at launch, although the status of the game is unknown. In addition, Metroid Prime 3 and Shigeru Miyamoto's new IP are currently believed to be launch games, as well.
News source: Revolution Report