Will the Nintendo Switch be able to retainthird-party support throughout its lifespan? We all saw how lacking the Wii U was whenit came to third-parties, so has Nintendo learned their lesson? Let’s give it some thought.
What is going on you wonderful thought havingpeople, you? Give It Thought back here today to talk aboutthe recently revealed Nintendo Switch.
The internet is abuzz with excitement aboutthis upcoming console which is scheduled for release sometime in March of next year, butthey are also understandably skeptical.
The Wii U, while it has some good games, wasmainly a dust collector for gamers who owned more than one console.
There was simply a lack of titles for it.
Sure, the virtual console could keep you busy,but people want new things to play and the Wii U just didn’t offer that.
Now, in steps the Nintendo Switch with claimsthat it has garnered that outside support that its predecessor lacked.
Sure, the debut trailer showed off Skyrim,which is a big deal for Nintendo.
But, the Wii U had some impressive deals atlaunch as well.
Maybe not as impressive as Skyrim, but itdid have an exclusive deal with Ubisoft for Rayman Legends and Zombii U.
Soon after that, though, the whole thing waslong forgotten and those games eventually released on other systems.
So, let’s get in to this and see if theNintendo Switch might have a fighting chance to be more than a once every three monthsnovelty.
We know that Nintendo showed off that packedchart that depicted all the third-party support they have.
You can see by looking at it that all thebig boys are there: Ubisoft, Activision, Take Two, EA.
Then you got Bethesda and Square Enix.
It looks promising, no doubt about that.
The thing that worries me, though, is thereseems to be some filler in there.
The whole thing is labeled “A Sampling ofNintendo Switch Partners.
” If this is a sampling, why are things likeHavok, which is a physics engine owned by Microsoft, and Rad Game Tools, which is atool that develops cut scenes for games, on there? I guess Nintendo is showing that these industry-wideused tools are runnable in the system, but I think people would rather see companiesthat create games on there.
And, that’s not even mentioning stuff likeDeNA which has been previously contracted to develop smart phone games for Nintendo.
I’m assuming they’re showing that therewill be some kind of crossover between them and I’m fine with that.
The thing is, if this is a sampling, whatwere they leaving out? The Wii U had an eerily similar chart whenit was announced that showed its third-party support, and, uh, that did not pan out toowell.
Activision, EA, and Ubisoft were all on thatone too, but they quickly jumped ship after their in-house developers didn’t want todesign around the Wii U’s controller.
I know, I’m being pretty hard on Nintendo.
Truth is, I love the company.
But that controller problem is where thisvideo will be getting a little brighter.
It’s not there anymore.
Sure, the Switch looks similar to the WiiU’s big ol’ controller, but it is far different in terms of functionality.
Reportedly, the thing isn’t even touch screen,which could go either way down the line, but that’s a whole other video.
But, the control scheme of the Switch fitsin with the two industry standards of the PS4 and Xbox One.
Some could say the portable console idea isa gimmick, and you might be right, but this is the least gimmicky console Nintendo hasreleased since the GameCube.
Given, the GameCube did not do well either,the Nintendo Switch has portability on its side.
With that portability comes problems though.
It is noticeably weaker in terms of processingpower and graphics capability.
Reportedly, it is only running a NVidia mobileTegra processor.
So, don’t expect full PS4 graphics capabilityon this thing.
This doesn’t bother me, personally, butI assume it will affect the more hardcore gamers out there.
All in all, there are some ups and downs aboutthe Nintendo Switch for me.
Third-parties may produce games for it inbigger numbers since they won’t have to work around the controller, but they willalso have to battle with down-scaling their games.
I just hope Nintendo finds a way to balancetheir tipping scale with the Switch.
So, what do you think about the Switch? Will third-party support come for this console? Or is it doomed to failure like the Wii U? Let’s talk about it down in the comments.