Will Third-Parties Support the Nintendo Switch? | Give It Thought

Will the Nintendo Switch be able to retain third-party support throughout its lifespan? We all saw how lacking the Wii U was when it came to third-parties, so has Nintendo learned their lesson? Let’s give it some thought. What is going on you wonderful thought having people, you? Give It Thought back here today to talk about the recently revealed Nintendo Switch. The internet is abuzz with excitement about this upcoming console which is scheduled for release sometime in March of next year, but they are also understandably skeptical. The Wii U, while it has some good games, was mainly 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 claims that 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 at launch as well. Maybe not as impressive as Skyrim, but it did have an exclusive deal with Ubisoft for Rayman Legends and Zombii U. Soon after that, though, the whole thing was long forgotten and those games eventually released on other systems. So, let’s get in to this and see if the Nintendo Switch might have a fighting chance to be more than a once every three months novelty.

We know that Nintendo showed off that packed chart that depicted all the third-party support they have. You can see by looking at it that all the big 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 there seems to be some filler in there. The whole thing is labeled “A Sampling of Nintendo Switch Partners.” If this is a sampling, why are things like Havok, which is a physics engine owned by Microsoft, and Rad Game Tools, which is a tool that develops cut scenes for games, on there? I guess Nintendo is showing that these industry-wide used tools are runnable in the system, but I think people would rather see companies that create games on there. And, that’s not even mentioning stuff like DeNA which has been previously contracted to develop smart phone games for Nintendo.

I’m assuming they’re showing that there will be some kind of crossover between them and I’m fine with that. The thing is, if this is a sampling, what were they leaving out? The Wii U had an eerily similar chart when it was announced that showed its third-party support, and, uh, that did not pan out too well. Activision, EA, and Ubisoft were all on that one too, but they quickly jumped ship after their in-house developers didn’t want to design 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 this video will be getting a little brighter. It’s not there anymore. Sure, the Switch looks similar to the Wii U’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 fits in with the two industry standards of the PS4 and Xbox One. Some could say the portable console idea is a gimmick, and you might be right, but this is the least gimmicky console Nintendo has released 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 processing power and graphics capability. Reportedly, it is only running a NVidia mobile Tegra processor. So, don’t expect full PS4 graphics capability on this thing. This doesn’t bother me, personally, but I assume it will affect the more hardcore gamers out there. All in all, there are some ups and downs about the Nintendo Switch for me. Third-parties may produce games for it in bigger numbers since they won’t have to work around the controller, but they will also have to battle with down-scaling their games. I just hope Nintendo finds a way to balance their 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.

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