Nintendo’s back was against the wall. Faced with years of poor financials as a result of the failed Wii U console, industry analysts balked at the Japanese company’s plan to revive its sales with a hybrid handheld console. Many said the system would fail—that its struggles with third-party support would ultimately drive down enthusiasm.
Turns out, they were half right.
Triple-A developers haven’t exactly flocked to the Switch, and yet buyers snatched up consoles faster than Nintendo could supply its retailers. In fact, more people bought the Switch during its first month than any other console in Nintendo’s history. And while the console has been passed over for some big-name titles, gamers have been more than content with Nintendo’s first-party games, namely “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.” And the system has received some third party support—“Rocket League” and “Minecraft” are just two of the better-known titles that declared for the switch.
Best Nintendo Switch Games:
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Mario Kart 8: Deluxe Edition
Going forward, it’s hard to predict what lies in store for Nintendo’s groundbreaking console. Analysts are now predicting a long, healthy life for the console, and there’s speculation that Nintendo may end its popular handheld ventures and focus entirely on Switch development. Nintendo has also announced several first-party titles for the upcoming year, including a long-awaited addition to the beloved Metroid franchise. A new life-life Mario game is expected late in 2017, and downloadable content is being released for “Breath of the Wild.” The Switch is also getting a companion phone app to work as the system’s online service—entirely new ground for Nintendo.
Keep an Eye on:
- Zelda DLC
- New Metroid game
- Games from AAA Third-Party Devs
Will the Switch ever get better third-party support? Will gamers keep buying the Switch once the initial hype dies down? Will Sony and Microsoft follow Nintendo’s lead with their next consoles? Time will tell. For now, though, Nintendo’s big gamble has appeared to pay off. The Switch is a hit, the company’s console sales are healthy, and a new generation of gamers are learning exactly what makes Nintendo so unique in the video game industry.