Chris Plante: If indie game developers care and the make “the switch” from Vita to this hardware, I’ll care. Obviously, that wasn’t enough to save the Vita, so I don’t see that as a big thing for other people.
Griffin McElroy: I think that’s a wack comparison.
CP: The Wii U had some of the best Nintendo games and that wasn’t even close to enough to get people interested.
Russ Frushtick: Consider that the Vita died primarily because Sony was dividing their time and energy between the PS4 and the Vita and they eventually gave up. Indies filled in a lot of the blanks, but the most part they just gave up and third-parties gave up, etc. Here Nintendo’s obviously not going to give up because it’s their primary console now.
CP: They won’t give up unless nobody buys it, which is a very real possibility if there are no games from Nintendo or third-party studios.
RF: There are certainly two to three years of Nintendo games pretty much guaranteed.
CP: But like I said, that’s not enough. That just doesn’t work at all for Nintendo. When it doesn’t have third-party developers and it doesn’t have a mainstream gimmick—something that’s going to make people who watch the TODAY Show be like, “Well, I’ve never bought a video game console, but I’ll try this,” then it doesn’t have it.
GM: It’s not going to be the Wii. It’ll never be the Wii. They’ll never do the Wii ever again.
RF: The Wii was an aberration.
CP: That’s a for real problem for them. The thing that they have to [face] right now is, “We are the second console.” If they truly don’t get third-party support and they only have a new game every five or six months—let’s be super generous and say three—then that is a second console for people, which is big money. And unlike the Wii U, which only had to be competing as a second console against people who maybe already owned an Xbox and instead of a PS4 they might buy a Wii U. Now they have to compete with the fact that Microsoft and Sony are going to be releasing new hardware, what, every year? Every other year?
Leave it to Chris Plante to shake me from my Switch hype hypnosis. And I’m glad he did.
I am very much looking forward to the Switch, but Nintendo certainly does not have an easy road ahead of them.