Why Nintendo Switch Could Be The Last Gaming Console From Nintendo
Sorry, but it’s true, and what’s ridiculous about the whole thing is that it’s a result of Nintendo making exactly the same mistakes that turned the Wii U into a disaster – an astonishing lack of games and a price that’s too high – £280 (around ₹23,000) – given said astonishing lack of games.
In fact, the Switch’s launch line-up is a joke even compared to that of the Wii U, with only two games so far confirmed for its debut, one of which is an underwhelming collection of mini games that comes with the console.
That surely won’t be everything that hits at the same time as the console on 3 March, but if anything even half exciting was going to be ready for that date – a date that’s just seven weeks away, remember – don’t you think it would have been shown off or even just mentioned by now? Exactly.
It’s not like the line-up of games beyond launch day holds much excitement, either. Super Mario Odyssey could well turn out to be ace, but it’s not scheduled for release until Christmas – until then you’ve got practically nothing to tide you over except remakes of old games.
And if you’re thinking the Switch will also get the same third-party titles as those on the PS4 and Xbox One, you can think again.
With those two consoles sharing very similar specs, third-party devs can quite easily produce one game for two platforms. Switch is apparently far easier to develop for than previous Nintendo consoles, but it contains very different and far less powerful components than the PS4 and Xbox, which means if a developer wants to port its game to Switch it’s going to have to invest a huge amount of time and money into making it happen.
If Nintendo only sells a few million consoles that’s just not going to be worth it, and I think we’ll soon see a repeat of what happened with the Wii U – namely the likes of Activision and Ubisoft publicly declaring that they’re not making games for the Switch.
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The lack of games isn’t the only problem with the Switch, either. Although comparatively minor issues, the console’s arguably poor battery life and the threat of a subscription charge for online play that the games and install base will never justify are also issues that will put off a fair few potential buyers.
And let’s not underplay what a big deal the Switch is for Nintendo. This isn’t just a replacement for the Wii U, which didn’t sell anyway, but also for the 3DS family of handhelds, 62 million of which have been sold and which continue to be bought in surprisingly large numbers even after all this time. OK, so we don’t know for sure that Nintendo will stop making the 3DS altogether, but the fact that the Switch is designed as a portable console will obviously affect the 3DS’ future. Will Nintendo continue to support it with new games when it has a newer portable to promote? Unlikely.
That puts a huge amount of pressure on the Switch, which means that when it fails, and it will, it will be a bigger disaster than anything Nintendo has faced before. Such a big disaster, in fact, that Nintendo will entirely lose its appetite for making consoles.
And that will be a great day for gamers everywhere.
Source – Stuff
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