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Posted on August 13, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

EA’s first Switch game will be published next month. FIFA 18 will launch on the console along with other platforms on September 29. On the whole, early feedback has been quite positive.

EA’s future support on Switch could hinge on the performance of FIFA 18. Speaking to EDGE this month, executive vice president Patrick Söderlund noted that the company wants to support the platform “and help Nintendo grow that installed base”. He went on to say that “it”s about supporting the platform, building technology for the platform, testing it out with big things like FIFA – and maybe a couple of others, we’ll see – and if they go well, I see no reason why we shouldn’t have as much of our portfolio on that platform as possible.”

Söderlund stated:

“I’ve made people repeatedly, publicly aware that I’m a gigantic Nintendo fanboy. Nintendo was what got me into this industry in the first place. I take my Switch with me everywhere.”

“What I will say is, we will appear on any platform where there are consumers, and players. We believe that we want to be a part of the Switch, and help Nintendo grow that installed base; that’s why you’ll see FIFA, which by the way is really good this year. It’s a full-fledged FIFA game, for the first time to be honest, on a portable device.”

“But at the same time we have to look at it from a resource standpoint and, at some point, the numbers become a factor. So for us it’s about supporting the platform, building technology for the platform, testing it out with big things like FIFA – and maybe a couple of others, we’ll see – and if they go well, I see no reason why we shouldn’t have as much of our portfolio on that platform as possible. I hope we get there, that would be my personal ambition.”

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  • Say goodbye to EA, fellow Nintendo fans.

    • Jaxon Holden

      Why.

      Every other 3rd party game is selling well and exceeding expectations. And FIFA is super popular. Why WOULDN’T it sell. You guys gotta get out of this Wii U mindset. Wii U is over with. And so are the low 3rd party sales. Disgaea 5 sold well over 100k, matching PS4 sales with 10% of the install base. Ultra Street Fighter II sold almost half as much as SFV.

      If FIFA doesn’t sell, being a quality full release, then we straight up don’t deserve more games from them

      • Busterblade

        Oh, so you’re basically saying we should all buy Fifa, regardless on whether we like it or not? Or whether they aren’t other games we’d want?

        As people have said, “testing” the entirety of a consoles current-base with 1 particular game that people either love or hate isn’t exactly a good representation. Hell, even USF2, being the remake of a remake wasn’t.

        • Eagle367

          No he’s saying every third party is doing well and FIFA is really popular in the world especially Europe where Ninth has strong markets in France and Germany plus decent markets in UK and Spain and switch is popular everywhere so there is no reason FIFA will sell less unless Switch owners don’t want EA content so much they won’t buy FIFA on it. In that case switch owners don’t want it nor need it anyways. And comparing the remake of a remake to a company’s biggest franchise is really not the right way to look at it is it? You won’t buy FIFA cause it’s not for you but Europeans do make about 1/4 of the switch owners as an estimate and they will be all over FIFA. Expect one two three all FIFA on every European country’s list of individual SKU. If switch by some miracle sells more than xone then they’ll even have more reasons to bring games over but Europe alone could make FIFA on switch a million seller

          • Busterblade

            And you automatically assume the people to buy a Switch also like FIFA? Soccer is a “national sport” in Holland, where I live, does that oblige me to like it, and go out of my way of play soccer games?

            And you also forget that these people may very well own a Switch in addition to, and decide to pick up FIFA on the other consoles. FIFA also comes out on last gen consoles, so it’s basically a incredibly safe bet regardless on EA’s end.

          • Dumdum

            In addition to Busterblade’s comments, I own a Switch and a capable PC. I’d probably go PC, not because of the improved graphics, but simply because EA thought it best to remove features from the Switch version.

            I would love to have FIFA on the go, then have quick matches with friends using sideways JoyCons, but if EA wants to charge full price for a version that’s feature-limited compared to others, well, they’re not getting that sale from me. I can make do with online play.

            I understand that third-party AAA studios have been burnt from their efforts on the Wii U before, but there are already plenty of sales figures out there showing that non-Nintendo titles are doing well on the Switch sales-wise. If they want to take the breadcrumb approach to publishing stuff on the Switch, that’s fine, that’s their prerogative. They’re certainly missing out on a sizable market (and growing, as soon as Nintendo can sort out their manufacturing capacity) with an appetite for games.

          • Eagle367

            Yes I assume that a sizable chunk will buy FIFA cause not you but millions play football. I can’t even believe you are from a country where football is the national sport because you called it soccer and only north americans and japanese really call it soccer so I highly doubt you are from holland. One million is easy pickings for FIFA switch and you assume just because you don’t like it, people wont buy it. I am basing my analysis of FIFA’s history in Europe, what are you basing it on? And who knows people can do the opposite of what you are implying and buy it twice> I mean ps4 offers better graphics while switch offers portability so maybe there are people looking to double dip that sort of balance those that are not buying it on switch. I can with 90% surety claim that FIFA switch will sell 1 million unless EA royally screws something up like they did with Wii U.

          • Busterblade

            Hah, you’re a funny one. Translate this then: Nederlands en altijd al geweest, grapjas. Jij denkt toch zeker niet dat ik uit mijn nek zit te lullen? Ik ben gewoon aangepast op Engelse manier van praten.

            No I do not assume that I don’t like it, others won’t pick it up. I know how much people like Fifa, but good job looking over this part of my previous post “And you also forget that these people may very well own a Switch in addition to, and decide to pick up FIFA on the other consoles.”

            What makes you so sure NINTENDO consumers want Fifa? The kind that isn’t in the above mentioned category?

            Perhaps that story mode missing is a bigger thing than expected, I know jack sht about Fifa, as I football or soccer, or whatever you’d like me to call it, never had me give a damn. But the fact remains that judging an entire base of a console by any 1 game of a particular genre, is beyond silly.

          • Eagle367

            I’m not from europe let alone holland but I don’t claim to be. i am from Asia you try to translate this.
            تم بہت بڑی بیوقوف ہو
            this is my language but I can basically do anything with google translate as well
            Ты очень большой идиот
            Some russian
            你是非常大的白痴
            Chinese
            あなたはとても馬鹿です
            Japanese
            Je bent erg groot idioot
            Dutch
            The magic of google translate. And you did not adopt the english way of speaking you adopted the american way so you must be living in America.
            Finally we’ll see. We’ll see who is more accurate in their assessment when the game comes out

          • Busterblade

            I like how you make presumptuous assessments based on nothing but your own reading of what I type. Goes to show how gullible you are.

            Stuck in the mentality that google translate has one originate from any country by way of typing, sure.

          • Eagle367

            Believe what you want I did not make any mistakes to merit suspicion like say something that my own countrymen don’t say and actually some other nationality does. I call it football because Pakistanis call it football

          • Busterblade

            And I call it soccer because I talk with Americans on a very frequent basis, and it prevents confusion. See how much judging gets you?

          • Eagle367

            Sure sure that’s why you call it soccer. A true european would never do that though. They have pride in football even if they don’t like it and find the word “soccer really annoying much like I do and I’m not a football fan

          • Busterblade

            And YOU decide what a true European is? Defined by a Fing sport? I’m done with you.

            If I decide that a sport does not define me even if it’s national, then that is damn well my decision and not YOURS to judge.

          • Eagle367

            I’m not saying you are not from Holland, just that you don’t look like you’re from Holland. I am fro Paksitan but I watch anime all day, watch american late night comedy and live action shows plus listen to japanese music> I don’ look like a Pakistani online as well. On top of that I love Tennis more than cricket

          • Busterblade

            And now you do a 180? Listen, your previous words don’t just backtrack without an apology like that. I won’t be told off for not liking a Fing sport.

            I don’t care if it’s the most played sport in the goddamn universe, it’s bad enough that it’s national and that there’s violence surrounding it (hooligans) let alone that you’re frowned upon for not liking it. It’s a sport, like music, like games, like anything else you’re allowed to dislike it/like it, and nobody should judge you for it.

          • Eagle367

            I was honestly pulling your leg. It was like a got a free penalty. You said you were from Holland but called it soccer so I said I got the chance to mess with him a little why not. Yeah humor and sarcasm don’t travel well on a keyboard

          • Busterblade

            You knew that, yet you went for it, made a fool out of yourself, and nearly got me to block you.

            Might want to think such things through, or blatantly have them pointed out as sarcasm. I know what my country is really, genuinely good at and famed for, and it ain’t “football”.

          • Eagle367

            And I can 200% assure you no one gives a damn about the story mode, I’m not into FIFA myself but many of my friends are and from what I have heard from thema nd many online, storymode is nothing more than an afterthought of an afterthought to FIFA fans. And probability states that a sizable chunk of switch owners especially in Europe will be FIFA fans. that’s not even a question to be had

          • Busterblade

            Still waiting for your answer on this part “But the fact remains that judging an entire base of a console by any 1 game of a particular genre, is beyond silly.”

          • Eagle367

            Judging by a sports game is silly but judging based on EA’s pat, this isn’t the worst thing they have done

          • Mark

            Eagle – what, exactly, do you expect the Switch to be able to do? It’s pretty much impossible for them to beat the XB1; FIFA ’17 sold 1.5 million on opening week for the X1 alone. While Switch is selling well, there’s just not that many of them in the wild. While we’ve seen huge attach rates for some of Nintendo’s first-party games, like Zelda and Mario Kart, it’s ridiculous to expect the same from a multiplatform game.

            And remember that Europe is still Nintendo’s weakest market, and FIFA is by far a European game. EA sells over ten times as many copies of FIFA in Europe than it does in the states, and almost nothing in Japan.

            Maybe FIFA will pull some sort of miracle, or maybe EA will think that just a few hundred thousand is “selling well”. Maybe… but I doubt it. Honestly, I have strong doubts on how many European soccer fans who have bought it for years on the PS4 will suddenly switch to Switch. And in North America and Japan, this is very much a niche title.

            Such a stupid, stupid title to use to test the strength of a Nintendo system on. It sounds good on paper to test your most successful game, but just doesn’t make logical sense when you actually look at the situation. Wait until Year 2 to bring out EA Sports in all its glory, but test the strength of the system first on something which appeals to a broader audience.

          • Eagle367

            I’m saying it would be pretty incredible if it does, not that it will do it. It’s like the glass ceiling for my predictions of the switch version. If it does sell more it would be like breaking that glass celing. That said I fully expect switch version to do 1 million at least. The switch by the time FIFA releases will be between 7-8 million worldwide and 1/5th to 1/4th of that will be from Europe so we’ll see. If a remake of a reamke can sell 500,000 then FIFA will easily sell more than that at least. Even super bomberman r did 500000 so looking at how well these games are doing, assuming that FIFA will sell one mil is no stretch of the imagination

          • Mark

            You know what? Eagle, you’ve convinced me that this will actually be a good test. Didn’t see that one coming.

            I ran the European sales numbers (via VGChartz) for total European sales of FIFA 17, compared to the total number of PS4/XB1s sold in Europe as of October ‘16. Altogether, FIFA 17 sold 8.1 million PS4 and 2.7 XB1, when Sony and Microsoft’s console sales were at 18.5 mil and 6.5 mil in Europe. That means that 43% of PS4 owners and 41% of XB1 owners bought FIFA ’17.

            In comparison, only about 8% of USA PS4/XB1 owners bought FIFA.

            So let’s assume that Switch has the same exact attach rate. I’ll use the median of your numbers and assume that 7.5 million Switches are out worldwide and that 25% of them are European, 37.5% of them are US, and 37.5% of them are Japan. Taking total units sold, multiplied by attach rate for each region, that would suggest 787,500 for Europe; 225,000 for NA, and 14,000 for Japan. Which would be just over one million.

            But… is Switch likely to HAVE that same attach rate? I fear that it won’t. Xbox and PlayStation are very similar consoles; aside from their first-party software, they pretty much have the same games. There’s not much benefit to having both. But the Switch is the ultimate second console, and seeing as so many gamers skipped the Wii U, it’s likely that a good portion of the Switch-owning audience also own a PS4 and XB1. So for many Switch owners, they have the option of buying the so-called “better” version.

            So, this will be interesting. This is the first AAA multi-platform title that is coming to Switch the same exact day as is on PS4 and XB1, which is as reasonably close to the competition as it can be: some compromises, but otherwise the same game. This will be the first real test as to whether portability and versatility can compete with peak performance – and if there aren’t a good number of FIFA fans who would consider a portable FIFA, then that does call into question how well a Switch Star Wars Battlefront II or a Switch Anthem would do.

            On the other hand, if FIFA has a BETTER attach rate than PS4 or XB1, it really does mean that Switch can compete. To do so would mean that many people chose the Switch over the graphically superior version. That is my hope – that the numbers ultimately show that the advantage of portability outweighs the slight graphical downgrade. I don’t say this as a Nintendo fan, but as an almost-middle aged father. I have no time for at-home console games; I want as many third party games as possible to be portable. I hope that the numbers show that many others are just like me, and would buy the game when it doesn’t have to be chained to a TV.

          • Eagle367

            See it’s an interesting thought experiment and it will come true and become a practical experimetn. So it will be interesting to keep an eye out for it. I mean ultimately will we even miss EA on the switch if it has Japan support plus ubisoft take two and maybe even activision combined with all the indies and of course first party

      • Carlos

        You say we need to get out of the Wii U mindset, but major developers are the one saying still in that mindset. They keep saying we’ll see how x sells to see if we’ll release games, or we’ll see how well the Switch sells.

        • Eagle367

          We all need to get out of the Wii u mindset basically

          • Busterblade

            And how would you suggest we do that?

          • Eagle367

            Well switch is doing the heavy lifting for us by provivng to us that evey game, including third party is selling well, the console is sold out and it’s one of the most healthiest consoles in years for everyone. So Just believe that switch will continue to do that for it’s lifetime much like how we believe and know ps4 is doing well

          • Busterblade

            That is putting faith in something that can change as time goes by. The Switch has stopped selling-out at my local retailer, and I remember hearing some, but not all third-parties are doing well.

            So long as the Nintendo mentality (Nintendo console = for Nintendo games) still lives, one cannot have faith in third-parties, and thus, the Switch’s future.

          • Eagle367

            That again holds no merit in the console that is just people’s fault for thinking that way and third party’s fault for thinking that way while reality shows that any godd game has a shot at selling well on a ninty console. I can’t help what you think so you are on your own with that one

          • Busterblade

            Alright then, go around forums, read how many people just buy Nintendo consoles for Nintendo games, couple that with how well third-party sales have historically done save for Switch, then come back here and tell me what you’ve seen.

          • Eagle367

            Why save for the switch? We are talking about the switch so of course we will look at switch not save for the switch and people inline are minority anyways the masses decide these stuff not people on forums

          • Busterblade

            Because the past, can impact the future, as is VERY clear with third-parties that are testing the water.

          • Eagle367

            But the switch is proving the past wrong. So why should we judge a console on some other’s merit and not it’s own?

          • Busterblade

            Because it doesn’t matter what the F we do, the third-parties are doing this, and they are integral to the success of the machine. If you can’t see that, then there’s no use discussing this with you.

          • Eagle367

            They are not integral to the success of any nintendo console but having them would be nice. I don’t think third parties made the ds 3ds and wii sell as much as they did. And as I said there are many third parties already willing and on the console and they will bring more games if the games keep selling. Just japanese developers indies and first party are enough. Ubisoft Take two EA(if it comes) and others are just the icing on the cake

          • Busterblade

            Not if you want a solid foothold in the West, since you yourself admitted the importance of “football” Fifa.

      • Mark

        EA: We’re going to base our future support of this system based off of the sales of one game. FIFA is most popular in Nintendo’s worst market, and all of its core fans are bound to have a graphically superior PS4 or XB1, with which they can experience the story mode not included on the Switch. It’s also a style of play that works best in long sessions, so the short-burst portability that the Switch offers is not really a seller. But hey, FIFA is our biggest cash cow, so obviously we can woo over Switch owners with some sort of motion-waggle special kickoff or something. And if that doesn’t work, we’ll stick Mario in it, maybe.

        Devout Nintendo fans: THIS ISN’T THE WII U DAYS GUYS; FIFA WILL SELL GREAT. JUST GREAT. YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE HOW AMAZINGLY GREAT IT WILL SELL. EVERY NINTENDO FAN SHOULD BUY FIFA. I’M BUYING THREE COPIES. SUPPORT THIRD PARTIES GUYS. IF YOU DON’T YOU DON’T DESERVE EA GAMES.

        Logical Nintendo fans: This is literally Mass Effect all over again. Goodbye, EA…

        … I’m not saying that FIFA might not sell decent. But I see no logical reason at all why someone would buy the Switch version if they had a PS4 or XB1, and it’s just plain stupid to base your future strategy off of the sales of a game that doesn’t mesh with the core Nintendo demographic. I’d feel much better if they started off with a Mass Effect or Dragon Age collection.

    • Vive

      I don’t think that’s the case.

      First of all even an old overpriced port such as USF2 is selling well so Switch owners are willing to buy more games, not necessarily Nintendo titles.

      Then personally i’m probably going to buy it: it has everything i care about this franchise plus it’s portable.

  • MrCafecito

    So basically, if fifa sells well they’ll put any effort to port Frostbite to get other games…
    Seeing as its a good portable version hopefully it sells well

  • Felipe M.

    So FIFA 18 is the final EA game for the Switch. Kinda lol.

    • Eagle367

      Not really. Europe loves FIFA so much they’d even buy it twice for switch portability plus PS4 graphics

  • carlos holguin holguin

    Do you guys think it will sell? I say they will at least sell 1M copies or more

    • kurodo

      same here. still hope sells like xbox’s version.

    • zeth006

      Nintendo is starting to look more and more relevant than that steaming mess called Xbox.

      • DiscoGentleman

        Console wars are dumb and are only perpetuated by people who are dumb, but I do agree that Microsoft isn’t doing the best atm. Outside of it being native 4K player, I’m not sure the arms race they’re going all out in with the X is going pay off for them. It’s better for the market that they do do better, though.

        • PRIMUS

          In reality the xbox brand has always been 4th tier to Nintendo, Sony and PC.

          • Reggie

            Funnily enough, I always heard the opposite. And they weren’t even Xbox fanboys.

    • Stuart

      It could sell that, that is a possibility abd it qould be great if it did. But the lack of special editions on Switch definitely will hurt. It could sold higher if they were available,even if they made a simpler one for Switch.

    • YoungTheFish

      As far as I know, Sports titles sells decently well on Nintendo Console. EA is not dumb either, they probably know the figures better than we do.

    • Eagle367

      If switch version somehow sells more than xbone then switch is open for business for EA

  • Mchl496

    So everyone buy some

    • Petri

      No thanks, I’ll pass on this hostage negotiation.
      They’re not holding anything that I’d value high enough to pay this ransom.

      • Mchl496

        That’s your choice but we’ve seen what happens when you don’t give EA a reason to support something. I’d rather they see the switch sell 2 million of FIFA and then they see the switch as a money train than it bomb.

        Oh and a it’s more like working to get paid than a hostage situation. You want something good but don’t want to put in the effort to earn it? Wii U again?

        • Busterblade

          Except your example doesn’t work in this situation. How is it fair that they get to gauge an entire user-base of a console, with very diverse and broad tastes, and probably a lot of them only able to buy so many games every once in a while, with this one game? Yes it’s a big game, but not everyone loves soccer.

          I can hardly afford 1 game a month, and September has 2 if not more games I want, I sure as hellfire won’t be buying FIFA along with any of that, “just” to show EA support. I’ll support third-parties to the best of my abilities, but not by just throwing money at games that don’t give me anything.

          It kicks the reason why one buys a game right in the soul: For fun, for enjoyment.

        • Petri

          “You want something good but don’t want to put in the effort to earn it”
          I think you just accurately described what EA is doing.

          Sure, if you like Fifa, by all means buy it, but don’t buy X just for a snowballs chance to get a privilege to buy Y.
          Sure, they might port you the next Fifa, if you’re extra nice to them.

          Paying for this kind of treatment, can actually do more bad than good, if they realize they can just extort you endlessly and more often than not, while treating you like an second class citizen.

          And is it not exactly like an hostage situation.
          Swedish mafia is holding little Lilly, in order to get little Lilly, you need to fork some cash over to Hansel.

          Replace Swedish mafia with EA, little Lilly is support beyond Fifa, and Hansel is obviously Fifa.
          Sure, it’s little different, since you would get to keep Hansel around , but the same in the sense that you never got anything actually worth your money and you still might never see little Lilly alive.
          All you would have is “worthless” Hansel around reminding you how they killed little Lilly right in front of your eyes.

          And since you took us to the topic of Wii U, that is exactly the reason why you should not give EA any wood.

          • Mchl496

            The reason it’s not like a hostage situation is because Lilly isn’t yours, it’s there’s.

            EA doesn’t make or distribute games out of honor or duty, it’s a business. If you want EA to give a damn about what you care about they need to profit from the deal.

            You don’t have to support the deal but everyone is so hyperbolic on the internet and saying it’s like holding it hostage is just hyperbole. It sounds like you would love EA games on the system because a hostage scenario only comes to mind when it’s something you want that’s on the line. Support this venture so that the Switch has a shot of having a major game maker infuse this new system with real support. I’d love Titanfall 3 to be on the Switch with Amiibo support and custom Titans.

            They got burned badly off the Wii and they aren’t spending money just to not even recoup the expenses just to make the game.

          • Petri

            Well, you can never own a person.
            Holding something out in order to get benefit is what you could call keeping that something hostage.
            They are not even promising you anything, It’s just a blind gamble, just like paying ransom.
            And like I said, they are holding nothing of value to me, so I won’t be throwing my money away for a game that I won’t be really playing.
            I was actually debating to buy it to play it with company, but if they do not think their game can sell on its own merits, they can keep it.
            There is nothing wrong with testing waters, but announcing “demands” like this really rubs me the wrong way.
            If McDonalds said that you have to buy onion rings before they let you buy Bic Mac, I don’t know about you, but I would tell them to keep their crap.
            Like you stated, they’re business, they do not deserve your charity either.
            They need to make a product that you are interested in.

            I’m also pretty fed up with Capcoms “testing waters” mentality as well, but I will get RErev 1&2, because I never got around getting rev 2 and rev 1 is actually a good game.

            I do not know how extensive their support was on Wii, but on Wii U they got the sales they deserved.

          • Mchl496

            Do people not understand business? It’s not hostage situations or ransom, you are just speaking in hyperbole. You are sick of companies testing things but they lost money on Nintendo systems time after time again during the Wii and wii u eras. If Nintendo isn’t paying just like for Bayonetta 3 than companies will do whatever makes sense for them.

            If games sell well or best on Nintendo Switch you’ll get all the games you could want from companies. if not then we will see more games pass us up. I bought Street Fighter and loved it and I prefer gaming on my Switch than PS4 Pro. I’d am not going to encourage people to buy a crap game. If FIFA on the switch is a 7 or higher I’m buying it.

    • Dumdum

      I’m putting my support on Skyrim instead, thanks. I kinda feel that Bethesda put more love into it than EA did with FIFA. Also, no cut features plus the novelty of amiibo support.

      • Mchl496

        Play the games you want to play of course but don’t avoid games you might like because of corporate greed. I’ve played all styles of sports games for sports I don’t even like. Baseball is usually a harder sell but I’ve played soccer games once in a while. I’ll give FIFA a chance this 1 time

        Surprisingly fun games are NBA playgrounds.

  • Busterblade

    At this point, we can all play a game of “Guess which major publisher/developer next tests the waters with X game does well equals more support?”

    • Felipe M.

      Every company is doing this on the Switch. lol

      • Busterblade

        A lot of them, but there are exceptions, such as Ubisoft and Square Enix (so far).

        • Eagle367

          Isn’t ubisoft doing that with Steep and Raymen? If Steep sells better than realistic ubi games coming if Raymen sells better than artistic games coming if both sell well than all games coming

          • Busterblade

            Never seen them say anything of the sort.

            And even then, they don’t count, because they aren’t hinging it on 1 or even multiple games. They have Rabbids and more already coming, compared to 1 particular game.

          • Eagle367

            Well I guess so, but they are really not bringing their big guns to the table. I mean even Wii U had Assassin’s creed and watch dogs while it looks like switch won’t have them at least for this year maybe next year. And I highly doubt they will bring beyond good and evil 2 to the switch but we’ll see

          • Busterblade

            And perhaps Rabbids turns out to be a bigger gun than the aforementioned, but you’ve probably not even entertained that thought.

          • Eagle367

            Mario+Rabbids will sell but to be a big gun, the requirement is for it to be big beforehand. AS it stands now rabbids is way down the table in the list of their most popular ips compared to the likes of the ones I mentioned.It’s like calling Splatoon a big gun before the first game even released. SO it might become a big gun in the futrue maybe even a franchise but right now it is no such thing

          • Busterblade

            Then so be it that we don’t see those other releases, the Switch is simply not as powerful as the others to accommodate the beloved handheld feature, and thus it misses out on such games.

            That is what Nintendo signed Switch owners up for once the concept went into factorial stages.

          • Eagle367

            I don’t think many of us even get how development works so when third parties, without even tyring to do it say something won’t happen because the console is too weak we tend to believe them when in actuality if they wanted to they could make it work but don’t want to so have an easy excuse. You’d be surprised by what works on what system when a developer wants it to

          • Busterblade

            In the end, what does it matter what their reason is? I want to know their reason, as it’s much easier to understand that way, but the fact remains that it’s their choice.

            If they say it ain’t coming, then that is final.

          • Eagle367

            No arguing with facts and the truth

        • Dumdum

          I only wish Square took the time to release their Seiken Densetsu collection in English, as well. I would’ve loved to get one.

          • Busterblade

            I’d say send them an e-mail or poke them on social media. The more cues they get that go “Give it to us” the more the thought will linger in their mind.

  • awng782

    FIFA 18 is the first EA Sports game on a Nintendo platform that has a chance at selling well. Whether it actually does is really dependent on EA’s own expectations. The game itself has received rather good reception as a great portable FIFA and a decent if not gimped console FIFA.

    If EA expects FIFA 18 on Switch to sell ~1 million copies and it fails to hit that number, then I would understand why EA would choose to pull their Switch support.

    If EA expects FIFA 18 on Switch to sell 5+ million copies and it fails to hit that number, then I’d question EA’s sanity for having such ridiculous expectations.

    • Felipe M.

      Doubt it’ll even sell 1m copies.

      • awng782

        I’m more optimistic than you are, but I certainly have my own expectations in check.

        If two overpriced titles like Super Bomberman R and USFII can sell ~500,000 copies, I don’t see why FIFA, an infinitely more popular game franchise, can’t sell 1 million copies. It’s not like the Switch isn’t popular in Europe.

        • Felipe M.

          Well, those games sold that much because Switch gamers are desperate to play anything on it.

          Here’s hoping it makes to 1m but not optimistic like you are.

          • C_Ali88

            Then I would say that would still hold true, would it not? Or do you expect people to not want to try the most modern game of fut on a portable ever?

            I expect people STILL want to play ANYTHING on it not because of desperation but the novelty of portability is still strong.

            Rocket League and Fifa 18 WILL sell on the Switch it has enough of a demographic between US and the Uk and Europe, Japan would just be icing on the cake!

          • awng782

            Well, yes, releasing early in the Switch’s life definitely benefited the success of those two games amongst core Nintendo fans. But that still doesn’t negate the fact that FIFA is a massive juggernaut.

            Being the first good portable FIFA game is sure to attract some attention amongst some hardcore Nintendo fans, but what will really matter is how well the game performs amongst the casual holiday shoppers who will buy the platform in November/December.

            EA seems to have allowed Nintendo to advertise the Switch version of FIFA 18 despite EA’s new FIFA partnership with Sony, so at least EA is somewhat invested in the game’s success on Switch.

    • PRIMUS

      EA has never been sane to begin with hahaha.

  • Blanco8x8

    Oh, nonononono. You don’t get to play this card, EA.

    You can’t force a NFS fan to buy FIFA, or a Battlefield fan to buy Madden.

    Capcom barely got away with it, because Street Fighter is a darn good game. But you can’t test the Nintendo market with just FIFA. That pretty much confirms your lack of commitment, and I’m not going to take my chances with such arrogance.

    • Felipe M.

      Capcom can stick it. SF is an old, old game and sold for more than its worth.

      • C_Ali88

        I agree which why I cannot see FIFA selling less than SFII (a 30 year old game)…

      • Justin McQuillen

        It’s ok if you like Street Fighter but honestly I was less than impressed with the HD 2D graphics, honestly it’s like they thought they could get away with making it look low quality as a ‘retro’ choice but you can tell they really just hired cheap artists. I don’t come to Street Fighter for cheap art. The fidelity is great but it just screams of how cool they could have done it with high quality art.

        • Velen (Not WoW)

          Justin. Felipe was criticizing Street Fighter. .__.

          • Justin McQuillen

            I think you misread my comment. I’m saying the game is okay, if you like Street Fighter.

    • Stuart

      THIS,THIS, SO MUCH THIS!

      I ike many of the EA franchises,but the fact I not really into soccer and now is my falt I no one can play a Need For Speed on Switch.

    • Dascylus

      I’m showing Capcom I want more games for Switch by buying Monster Hunter XX, that’s all the money they’re getting from me. I refuse to buy games I don’t like just to show a developer that I want them to build content for my preferred platform. I don’t like fighting games, I don’t like sportsball, and I don’t like survival horror.

  • Pepperkeet

    Success depends on it’s definition. 1M units sold would be impressive to me for a watered down port, but EA probably wants 2-4M units sold and that’s asinine.

    • C_Ali88

      I doubt that being as the total installed base is barely above 5m units WW.

      • awng782

        The Switch’s install base will be close to if not over 7 million by the time FIFA 18 is released.

        • C_Ali88

          Too bad companies like EA when it comes to Nintendo rarely invest in what it will be but rather what it is at the moment. Secondly it still doesn’t make sense that you’d shoot for over 50% attach rate, that is insane. 4 million on 7 million consoles sold?

          No, as I said 1 million sold would be impressive EVEN with a 7M users.

          • awng782

            Of course FIFA 18 on Switch won’t sell 4 million. 1-2 million is the most likely outcome.

    • ronin4life

      They probably want sales to compare directly in some way to the top performing platform for Fifa.

    • Metallox

      “watered down port”.

      Really? How are you certain of that? It’s true that it hasn’t the “story” mode, but neither do the X360 and PS3 versions, and we know that’s because of technical matters. Aside from that, though, this version is set to be very comparable to the other three main ones, unlike FIFA 13 on Wii U, which didn’t even have Ultimate Team.

      In general, it’s going to be a watered down port if it runs as bad and has many technical issues as 13 on Wii U.

      • Petri

        Technical? As in, technically we don’t wanna?
        Switch can’t handle cut scenes? Or QTE’s?

        • Metallox

          The statement was for Xbox 360 and PS3, I don’t know if the Frostbite can support the Switch.

    • Auragar

      Yeah there is also that. What is defining “success” for this game?

  • Tlink7

    Well, we shall see how FIFA does. I certainly won’t be helping though, because I couldn’t care less about the franchise 😛

  • DiscoGentleman

    Every damn company does this garbage before their game releases (regardless of platform, though I see it more common on Nintendo’s).
    The hollow, passive threat. It’s awful and heavy-handed.

    • Advance*

      Yeah I mean I think it’s a fair statement to say we’ll keep bringing FIFA over if it performs well, but implying that other franchises depend on the success of a completely unrelated game is a cheap tactic.

    • Auragar

      I don’t really see it happen to anybody but gimmicky under-powered system Nintendo but that isn’t important, they aren’t hollow, passive threats but they are stupid.

  • Zeebor

    I still say Plants vs. Zombies would have been a MUCH smarter idea.

    • Roto Prime

      This!

    • PRIMUS

      No! It would be overrun by the likes of Super Mario Odyssey and Xenoblade 2.

    • Dascylus

      I feel like Garden Warfare 2 would’ve been a better idea.

  • awng782

    I have always maintained that EA’s support on Switch will probably be limited to their sports games. If FIFA 18 on Switch sells well, the Switch will most likely get future FIFA, Madden NFL, NHL, NBA Live, UFC, and PGA games. Need for Speed games might also be considered for a Switch port, as well as EA’s mobile projects.

    Just don’t expect Battlefield, Star Wars Battlefront, Anthem, or Dragon Age on the Switch.

    • PRIMUS

      I actually agree my friend. How are you?

    • Auragar

      There is that too. If the game does well they might still just do more of that and not other things.

  • BoredbyMSM

    Another garbage company trying to Blackmail us Switch owners – I’m not giving any money to EA, period.

    • Dascylus

      I’ve never purchased a game from EA before, they just don’t produce content I’m interested in.

  • awng782

    Sports titles are among the few games that can be played with other people through local multiplayer without having to split the screen, making for an easy-to-view experience when playing on the go with others.

    I could see that being a big selling point for the Switch version of FIFA 18.

  • Justin McQuillen

    Good, hopefully nobody buys it. BTW they are gonna have no choice but to support Nintendo in the next decade, so ultimatums like this mean nothing.

    • Auragar

      Why would they “have no choice”?

      • Justin McQuillen

        Because Nintendo is going to be increasingly harder for Sony and MS to keep up with.

        • Auragar

          Hahahahah. Ooooooooook.

  • Roto Prime

    fwahahahahahahahahha…….not going to fall for this EA, I got everything you had on Nintendo Wii U that was not a sports game…….no buy /////

  • Reggie

    Great, more blackmailing.

    I’m willing to buy Xenoverse 2 to support Bandai as well as some of Capcom’s titles, but not this.

    • Justin McQuillen

      Right. Even if they didn’t act like a child throwing a tantrum, they simply don’t make any games I am remotely interested in playing and that has been my opinion since 1994. NHL ’94 on Sega CD. Yup.

    • Indielink

      Pretty much. Bandai has earned some goodwill (Although I am still annoyed about Tales of Graces on Wii). EA has earned no such love.

  • JJ

    I am not going to play EA’s game-they can go screw themselves. I won’t play (hostage for good games) if we don’t buy a bad port (not to mention my lack of interest in soccer whatsoever): SCREW YOU, EA. I want Star Wars in Switch, regardless!

  • WTFISTHISSHIT?

    EA not learning from their mistakes as usual. Missing content from FIFA 18 and will probably be a broken mess too. What a great way to get Switch owners to buy your game lmfao.

    I always knew EA would be the first to go.

  • R.Z.

    Yeah, no thanks.
    I really have zero interest in FIFA, and while there are several other EA franchises that I would be glad to buy on Switch, even old ports (Dead Space, Mirror’s Edge, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Sim City if they make a decent one again …), they have so little to do with FIFA that I don’t see how its sales could relate to the success of these.

  • timZ117

    Really interested to see how fifa 18 will perform on switch. I actually had a free ea access membership for a few months, and i kind of learned i have zero interest in ea games anymore. The mass effect trilogy was fun, so was dead space, but yeah thats about it.

  • Apfel

    If Fifa sells well, we might get Mass Effect 3. Sc.w you EA. Go sell your DLC elsewhere…it’s not like I was expecting much from you anyway…

    • Petri

      They might port Dead Space 3 for 60$, while making a “definitive” trilogy collection for other consoles? Maybe add a comic to fill the gap on Switch?
      I’m sure people who never played any of the games on the series would love to start from 3rd installment, isn’t that right EA and Ubisoft?

      Though if being serious for a second, I would take a Dead Space 1 port and Mirror’s Edge 1 port any day.

  • Stuart

    Oh c’mon,even Capcom and Ubisoft are making “tests” with more than one game…

  • Captain N

    Of course…they love playing this nonsense game. If you buy game A we will then make games B & C even if they dont correlate at all. How a company makes a whole assessment, based on one product is mind boggling to me. They actually supported Wii-U better then Switch and still ran away with their tail between their legs !!

    • Petri

      Their Wii U support wasn’t even funny.
      I would say this is better than what they did with Wii U. On Wii U it was a big middle finger all around.

  • Blanco8x8

    No, I’m not caving in to any more toe-dipping, especially from EA.

    It’s either full support or no support at all.

  • FutureFox

    EA could bring more games on the stipulation that the Switch becomes the only console on the market.

    But Sony and Microsoft, just keep that mega-corporate conglomerate thing going.

  • Dascylus

    The fate of EA on Switch lies in the hands of…. futbol

    • ben

      The biggest sport in the world… I mean I can understand people getting upset if EA was basing its future on the sales of The Sims…. Or a 30 year old fighting game…

  • Gamingfan

    unless its battlefield 1 why would you care? battleront 2 is pay to win so [email protected] that game lol.

  • ben

    I am really looking forward to FIFA on the Switch.

    If it is successful the best and funniest thing would be if EA makes Titan fall come to the Switch especially as the Dev was so rude about the Switch.

    https://gonintendo.com/stories/272310-titanfall-dev-laughs-at-the-idea-of-fitting-the-game-on-switch?page=2

  • Auragar

    Not that I care about EA. Hinging whether or not you continue putting games on the Switch on a f**king sports game is the most idiotic thing I’ve ever heard. I know companies like to pull bs like this where they are like “buy this spin-off/remake to see if we will bring the actual next entry you want over”, but a whole companies library hinging on a sports game… wow.

    • ben

      FIFA is one of the biggest games in the world. If it doesn’t sell on Switch nothing will. I mean.. What other big game would you use? A shooter?

      • Auragar

        I dunno, like I said I don’t care about EA, but still this is idiotic beyond belief. Maybe somebody that owns a Switch would like “a shooter” but doesn’t give a rats behind about a stupid sports game. It makes no sense.

        • ben

          FIFA is insanely popular among kids and streamers it is also a good game. EA don’t make any games you like so why even complain?

          • Auragar

            It doesn’t matter how popular it is because there are different audiences out there. And I complain because this is idiotic.

          • ben

            But it isn’t it is the safest most sensible choice they could make. The only other game they could use is an always online shooter that runs like crap on the big consoles.

          • Auragar

            They shouldn’t just base their entire future of Switch games on one game they should give each genre at least one game and whichever ones actually sell keep those on the system and ignore the ones that don’t.

          • ben

            That is insane. EA don’t make that many games anymore. FIFA and Battlefront are there big games for this entire next 12 months for example!

          • Auragar

            Put FIFA AND Battlefront then not just one, whichever (or both) succeeds continue making that series for Switch. It makes sense. There is also the Star Wars IP games but yeah.

          • ben

            but they don’t have to. They have the power to decide what they publish so I am just happy they are putting FIFA on the console, because the last FIFA on the wii u was just a lazy port this one has been custom made and is designed for the console… A bad port of Battlefront that would not run well would be terrible

          • Auragar

            They could make a good custom whatever port for Battlefront as well dude. And sure they don’t have to but that isn’t the point, the point is that the way they are handling it is trash.

          • Gamingfan

            why do you guys even want battlefront 2 on the switch? do you like pay to win hd mobile games or something?

          • Auragar

            I don’t necessarily want it myself but I am saying that it is stupid that EA isn’t giving people who do the chance to get it for the Switch.

  • sremick

    Well I only own a Switch (and a Wii). So if a game doesn’t come out for

    Switch, I don’t buy it. Nor am I into sports games. I’m not giving into
    blackmail to buy a handicapped, buggy game I’m not interested in, sorry.
    So that is going to distort their data as if they actually made QUALITY
    games on the Switch in a genre I DO care about, I’d definitely buy
    them. EA is really being slimy jerks about this, but that’s par for the
    course with them it seems.

  • Annie Anemo

    I don’t like sports simulators but it’s good for any console to have them, especially the most popular ones like FIFA