Lay down your pitchforks
In what seems to be yet another turn on an emotional roller-coaster ride when it comes to Nintendo Switch’s possible specs, Digital Foundry has released a video in which they share information about the Switch and its CPU/GPU speeds when docked and undocked.
To the surprise of some people, it is staggering how underpowered the Switch is when compared to the PS4 or Xbox One. To others, it all but confirms their fears about Nintendo once again working on a console a generation behind the competition.
To others, it shatters their hopes and dreams of finally having great third-party support on a console long forgotten by developers who mostly port their games to Sony and Microsoft. This was supposed to be Nintendo’s comeback, with games like Skyrim: Special Edition and Dark Souls 3 rumored to be making it to the console.
Which is why my first and only reaction to all of this is…
What if Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Grand Theft Auto won’t be making it to the Switch? They were going to be available on the Xbox One and PS4 anyways, consoles that all along were going to be more powerful. Were Assassin’s Creed, Madden or Destiny going to make that much of a difference on deciding whether to get a Switch?
It doesn’t matter how many times you try to tell yourself that fortunes would change this time around for Nintendo, regardless of how much more powerful Nintendo’s console could have been, third-party support from the usual suspects was still going to be either scarce or abismal. But all I am talking about is the AAA support that most consumers that don’t own a Nintendo console or handheld are accustomed to.
Believe it or not, Nintendo has the opportunity to have the best and most varied third-party exclusive support of all consoles, by far.
Don’t believe me? Just take a look at this list of some of the third-party games released on Nintendo systems that also happen to be exclusives:
- Bayonetta 2 (2014)
- Bravely Default (2012)
- Bravely Second End Layer (2015)
- Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (2013)
- Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (2015)
- Fast Racing Neo (2015)
- Fatal Frame Maiden of Blackwater (2014)
- Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate (2011)
- Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate (2014)
- Monster Hunter Generations (2015)
- Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (2014)
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (2013)
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice (2016)
- Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (2011)
- Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (2012)
- Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (2013)
- Project X Zone (2012)
- Project X Zone 2 (2015)
- Rhythm Heaven Megamix (2016)
- Shin Megami Tensei IV (2013)
- Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse (2016)
- Story of Seasons (2014)
- Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (2015)
- Wonderful 101 (2013)
- Yo-Kai Watch (2013)
- Yo-Kai Watch 2 Fleshy Souls (2014)
- Yo-Kai Watch 2 Bony Spirits (2014)
Nintendo doesn’t need to tackle both Sony and Microsoft head-on. It already proved that with the Wii. What it needs to do is offer something that neither one of those consoles can offer. Not only the Switch has an opportunity of allowing the player to take their console games on the go, but also to offer a third-party lineup that cannot be found anywhere else.
Which is why their decision to bring together their console and handheld department makes all the more sense. Why split the user-base and games between two devices, when you can offer one device with a bigger lineup of games that the competition won’t have?
Again, Nintendo doesn’t need to go against the PS4 or Xbox One to succeed. Instead, it needs to find that happy medium where most people’s main concern would be on which console they want to buy for their home (Xbox One or PS4), with the Switch fitting nicely as a secondary console right beside one of those.
Most AAA third-party games will be found on both PS4 and Xbox One, and Nintendo’s third-party lineup coupled with the industry’s very best first-party games, will be too enticing for anyone to overlook.
Those of us who have owned Nintendo hardware for years know there is a lot more to offer than “rehashes” of 1st party games. Their third-party lineup is filled with games and experiences found on no other platform. Maybe the Nintendo Switch doesn’t need THOSE AAA games to succeed. The ‘House of N’ has plenty to offer to the ones who dare to give it a chance.