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The Switch has almost everything you need to become Nintendo’s biggest hit yet


Nintendo is at its best with its back against the wall. The Japanese company had been struggling since the launch of the Wii U in 2012. As a game console, the Wii U wasn’t too bad, but it had very few non-Nintendo games. Despite robust Nintendo 3DS sales, poor Wii U performance and Nintendo’s complete absence from the smartphone market means times have been tough for one of the oldest and most beloved games companies. in the world.

This was rectified somewhat when Nintendo officially entered the smartphone market with games such as Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes. This was followed by its masterstroke – the Nintendo Switch.

With the Switch, Nintendo’s marketing machine pulled out all the stops to make this console a big hit. The first of these was having The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as a launch title. Not only is the game pretty good, but it has been extremely well received by newcomers and longtime fans of the Zelda series.

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Since then, Nintendo has been trying to ensure there’s a major game launch every month. We saw The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild release in March, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in April, Minecraft and Disgaea 5 in May, and Arms in June. The release schedule also looks very promising for the coming months. Splatoon 2 releases in July, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Pokken Tournament DX, NBA 2K18 and FIFA 18 in September, Super Mario Odyssey and Fire Emblem Warriors in October, excluding Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Rocket League and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is also slated for release in 2017.

The release of the Nintendo Switch in March 2017 was a great move, as it gave Nintendo time to build a solid library of games ahead of the crucial holiday season in the United States. The casual gamer crowd will soon have a slew of Mario games to choose from. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is already available and it is excellent. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle looks promising, and Super Mario Odyssey looks innovative and exciting. Die-hard fans get games like Monster Hunter XX, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and Fire Emblem Warriors.

All of this leads me to believe that Nintendo has their strategy in place. Its E3 2017 presentation promised more games – one featuring Yoshi and the other Kirby – two hugely popular Nintendo characters. The company also announced that Metroid Prime 4 and a Pokemon RPG are in development for the Nintendo Switch. The last two announcements barely had a screenshot as proof of progress, but if Nintendo’s release record so far is anything, at least one of these games could be released around the holiday season in 2018. .

This tells us that not only does Nintendo have a stellar lineup of first-party games for the Switch, but third-party game developers are also showing interest in the console. Nintendo said it expects to sell over 10 million consoles this year, even though it hasn’t even launched the Switch in India or China. That’s a big enough playerbase that major third-party developers are taking the Switch seriously.

The Nintendo Switch may not have the raw power of Sony PS4 Pro or Microsoft Xbox One X, but it definitely offers a great opportunity for developers to explore innovative gaming experiences like Ubisoft does with Starlink. The game asks you to build a toy ship in the real world and mount it on the controller. It’s a modular spaceship, and any parts you modify in real life appear instantly in-game, according to Ubisoft. Games on other platforms could be optimized for local multiplayer and released on Switch, as we saw with Rocket League.

The Switch has almost everything you need to become Nintendo’s biggest hit yet

The only big hole in Nintendo’s gaming plan right now is the lack of a robust online service. At the moment, Nintendo is offering online play for free, but plans to start charging for the service next year. We live in a world where Xbox Live will appear on the Nintendo Switch before Nintendo’s own online service is properly in place. This is a blessing in disguise, however, as it opens up the possibility of cross-platform online play.

This could mean – and it’s not official yet – if you’re playing FIFA 18 on the Nintendo Switch, you can play online with players from the Xbox One and PC versions of the game. Admittedly, it’s not the best example given that FIFA 18 on the Switch runs an entirely different engine to the Xbox One and PC versions, and of course depends on publishers like EA deciding to support cross-platform play. Big hits like Rocket League and Minecraft are already doing this, so it might only be a matter of time before EA and others join the party.

In the meantime, Nintendo continued to release games for the 3DS and 2DS XL, in addition to working on games for smartphones. After a long time, things are looking good for Nintendo. When people thought it was down, the company delivered what might be its best console yet. This time it’s not just the Nintendo games you can play on the Switch, and that makes all the difference.

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