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Reggie on Switch’s demographic, third-party support, online plans, more

Posted on January 16, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

In a new interview conducted by TIME, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime weighed in a variety of topics pertaining to Switch. He talked about who the system is for, third-party support, online plans, and more. Interestingly, Reggie even acknowledged interest in a GameCube Virtual Console.

Find notable excerpts from the interview below. You can read up on the full discussion here.

On who Switch is for…

Just like every system Nintendo creates, we believe in having a very wide footprint, and we are experienced enough in this industry to know that the footprint changes over time. We believe that by [next holiday season], with the launch of Super Mario Odyssey, that the footprint for Nintendo Switch will be very broad. Kids, young adults, parents, gamers will occupy that footprint.

But what’s going to happen is that, that space is going to be filled in at each point in time with the subsequent launches. So for example, if you look at the first 45 days, you’ve got Zelda, 1-2 Switch, Mario Kart 8. So the active gamer. And candidly, the more the active gamer sees, the more excited they’re going to be for that game.

I was a Zelda fan before I was a Nintendo employee, and I can tell you that as I’ve experienced that game, it just gets me more and more excited to play. 1-2 Switch is a party in a box. And so that is going to be an all family type of experience that will then broaden the footprint. And then Mario Kart 8 is going to expand it even further. And so that’s what I see happening. A game like Arms will have a diverse footprint. A game like Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be much more narrow.

And so, I think it’s the best way I could describe how the consumer base for Switch is going to evolve over time. And certainly by the end of our first full year, it’ll be kids, young adults, parents and gamers occupying that footprint.

On how the games at the press event feel core focused…

Yeah, and I read some of the same feedback from the video we launched in October. And it’s absolutely true, the actors we had were all young adults. And people suddenly read into it that Nintendo is abandoning the family market with Nintendo Switch.

Furthest from the truth, so again, we believe that our systems need to be mass market systems, from 5 to 95. A broad footprint. But each game is going to appeal to a certain part of that demographic. And it’ll fill out the base. That strategy continues. This is a system for everybody. This is a system that will appeal to a wide group. It’s going to get filled in over time as the different games come in.

On concerns of Switch getting games regularly and third-party support…

I think in all candor, as executives, we can only say so much, and then the consumer believes or doesn’t believe. However, if the question is Nintendo first party development, I can say that our pipeline is quite robust, in what we are working on and that we will deliver next year and early into the year after that. We have that visibility in our pipeline.

From a third party perspective, I don’t want to oversimplify things, but third party developers look for a handful of things. First, they look for a straightforward development environment in order to create their games. And that was one of the challenges with Wii U. Now with Nintendo Switch, we have Unity as a platform. We’ve got the Unreal Engine as a platform. These are known development environments for content creators to build content.

The second thing they look for is a consumer demographic that’s going to meet their needs for the content they’re creating. And so again, you’ve got Zelda for the core. You’ve got 1-2 Switch for the family audience. You’ve got Arms. You’ve got Splatoon. You’ve got Mario Kart 8. You’ve got Super Mario Odyssey. That looks like a pretty wide and diverse audience to build content for.

And third, they look for a large install base. That’s what we’re trying to create.

And then lastly, they look for a full range of ways to monetize their investment. And that’s where having a robust online environment comes in. And again we are pushing the envelope, we’re doing things differently, and we’re working hard to make sure that environment exists. So as an executive for the company, I believe we’re doing everything we need to, to create that environment for third parties. So far they’re reacting extremely positively. Bethesda hasn’t been on a Nintendo platform. A fully featured FIFA, that has not been on a Nintendo console in some time.

On whether it’ll be a challenge getting devs to think about motion control or haptic design…

If you’re EA, and hypothetically, I have to say hypothetically, you want to make sure that FIFA and Madden and Battlefield, you want to make sure that the games you create, better that anyone else, can be executed on this platform. It’s not that EA is suddenly going to try and learn how to make motion control games. If you’re Ubisoft and you’re trying to optimize Just Dance, certainly you want to make sure you’re able to do that for this new platform.

And so you know, from my perspective, what I want is the best content that third party does today. And I want the best content that they’re thinking about in the future. I’m not asking them to create games that are like the games that we would create. Because that doesn’t broaden the footprint, and doesn’t bring new consumers in to our proposition.

On whether Switch include a meta layer that follows players around and lets them keep those purchases…

First, there is much more that we will be sharing about our subscription service—the mechanics, the types of content that you’ll get access to, free, on a monthly basis, the price point for the overall service. All of that information will come.

Second point, as you know, we are very aware of what the consumer has articulated to date as to what they want. We are very aware of what our competitors do. The way Nintendo thinks about it, is we want to make the consumer happy, and we want to give them some of the elements that they have been asking for. And we want to give them things that they haven’t even thought of to ask. But, we also believe in differentiated experiences. We believe in doing things differently.

And so our overall proposition will not look the same as our competitors. But what we will do, is we will recognize what consumers like about our competitors, we will look to do it in a way that has a Nintendo flair to it. And we will look to make sure that in the end, we’ve got this robust, online environment that not only works well for our games, like Splatoon and Mario Kart and Smash Bros., but that also works great for our third party developers.

On whether Wii U was a failure…

I don’t recall who said it but, one of our executives said something similar — I think it might have been Mr. Miyamoto, the last time he was here in New York, where he made the comment “I hope consumers look back at Wii U as a necessary step, in order to get to Nintendo Switch.” Which is another way of saying what you did.

And it’s interesting, you know, as consumers think back, the fondness and the memories shift. I joined the company as GameCube was ending its life. And as we look at the install base of the platform, certainly it’s not one of our higher install base platforms. And yet it seems the talk now is all about how consumers are hoping that there’s a GameCube virtual console, which I just find interesting.

But yes, you can look at Nintendo Switch and certainly see a lineage, not only to Wii U, but as our Switch presentation highlighted, really to so many of our historical platforms. And there is certainly no mistake in that.

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  • Exy

    “And it’s absolutely true, the actors we had were all young adults. And
    people suddenly read into it that Nintendo is abandoning the family
    market with Nintendo Switch.”
    The main thing I got from the video, especially for 1-2 Switch and Arms, is that they are focusing on diversity over age variation. Arms featured a caucasian businessman fighting a Japanese schoolgirl. That’s a way more interesting take on the “family” angle than just the usual nuclear family.

    • Jonathan Cromwell

      He was referring to the original launch video that came out weeks ago.

    • NintendoPSXTheSecond

      Kids can feel the appeal without actually having a kid in the video, it’s only young adults and teens that feel a weird sense of “disconnect” when we see someone younger than our ages.

      • ForeVision

        I think that stems from how the word kid is used on someone who isn’t anymore. It’s, as far as I know, always perceived as something negative as in: Childish, not responsible, not acting one’s age etc.

  • KnightWonder

    That’s something I noticed in all Switch trailers. There haven’t been any kids. It’s been young adults or straight out adults. I’m also curious to learn more about their online service.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    All good questions and surprisingly good answers from Reggie. I know that people scream “PR TALK!!!” but honestly, this did label out a lot of things into perspective that helps me believe Nintendo knows what they’re doing and how they’re going to proceed.

    • Jefferson Boldrin Cardozo

      Yeah, that sounded incredibly… direct and honest, without dodging questions or trying to pretend everything is fine when it’s not like in the Wii U era…

      He didn’t pretend that the Switch will launch with an incredible lineup and instead said that a good one is being buit up until holidays with more to be announced and that Nintendo is already preparing games for 2018 and beyond. Hell, he even admited that the Wii U was a failure.

      He being so honest even made me feel better about how the online service will be, sounds like Nintendo is actually learning

      • KnightWonder

        At first, the paid online service was a bit worrying. But thinking back, Nintendo’s not been known to overcharge for a paid service. Like PokeBank, that’s only $5 a year. So maybe the yearly charge for their online won’t be too bad.

        • Jefferson Boldrin Cardozo

          Yeah. Neither Live nor PSN need to charge that much to function, that price is because MS and Sony want to profit from that. If Nintendo keep it simple and only offer it’s own games (so they don’t even have to pay anything for that) it’s possible to cover the infrastructure costs while charging very little yearly

      • ForeVision

        Personally I would’ve liked to have known all the details about online by now. I really don’t get why they didn’t already release that information….

  • Reggie is telling it like it is and you gotta respect him for that. He’s basically saying that Nintendo has to prove themselves to 3rd parties which is very true. He also points out that Nintendo has worked hard to improve the online infrastructure which is very good news and may explain why Nintendo’s online service is now a paid service. They are now trying to get with the times and I really hope their efforts will pay off big time for them in the long run. This was indeed a great interview from Reggie and that’s saying a lot

    • KnightWonder

      Kind of funny since some fans aren’t liking the paid service. Yet they’ve wanted them to get with the times.

      • True but you know what else is funny bro? They are probably the same people who cried about the Wii U not having universal voice chat or party chat and who own a PS4 or a Xbox One or even both and have paid subscriptions with PSN or XBLA or both but suddenly are fed up with Nintendo for doing the same. I don’t understand the frustration…..this is what a lot of Nintendo fans and gamers wanted. You can’t have your cake and eat it too….something’s gotta give

        • KnightWonder

          We don’t know all the details yet. For all we know, the online service could be really good. With greatly improved servers for multiplayer games. Heck, they even called in a whole other company to help them. In the end, I wish they’d just have some patience and wait for the full story. We’ve got 6 weeks left. No doubt they’ll be unveiling more as time goes on.

        • ForeVision

          People compare it to services like Steam on PC. It’s a very hard and near-senseless argument to get into, as people all have their different takes on it. But as someone has said before, I do believe that if the major companies with their own services on PC, like Steam, had the chance they’d probably also enforce subscription. That said, if they try that, they’ll end up like MS and Games for Windows Live (which is now gone entirely).

          For what sense there is to make, I really just want to know the rest of the details before giving full judgement. Plus, it’s a big change for a lot of people who have been gaming on Nintendo machines for a long time. They’re used to free online.

      • Uncle Phil Hug

        get with the times! that definitely translates to “i’m paying too little!”

    • ForeVision

      “Reggie is telling it like it is and you gotta respect him for that. He’s
      basically saying that Nintendo has to prove themselves to 3rd parties
      which is very true.” Their history is a tumultuous one at best, and rampaging storm at worst.

      The reactions to online stem partially from Nintendo only announcing it’s existence and a small part of it. They should’ve honestly detailed everything right there and then, which probably would’ve soothed people (I know I would’ve been far less adverse if I know exactly what to expect).

  • TheJuiciest

    They’ve been on point so far as far as I’m concerned. The presentation was a little awkward, but I’m convinced this thing will be a success for them. Only concern I have is what the online is like and the Switch UI. Most of the concerns I had about the Wii U and even the 3DS were addressed thus far.

    They’ve definitely been listening and even in the software I can see it. Mario Odyssey, Breath of the Wild, Xenoblade 2 and even something like Fire Emblem Warriors. A lot of people will be excited for these titles no matter what, but let’s be honest, if they came out with 3D World 2.0 or Skyward Sword 2.0, you’d likely get a tad different reception. A lot of people screaming that they aren’t listening.

    • NintendoPSXTheSecond

      Everyone has their own ideal game they want a console to launch with. This is the most realistic and impressive launch lineup for a console possibly in all of console history. (Only rival is probably NES and Sega Saturn).

    • MajoraMan28

      Skyward Sword was way better than some bandwagoners make it seem.
      Honestly, BotW does inherit a lot of stuff from SS, story-wise and gameplay-wise. The director is the same as well (no wonder the game is so amazing).
      If it would end up being SS 2.0, I would be extremely happy.
      3D World while not a bad game, a 2.0 would definitely make me disappointed

  • KnightWonder

    Oh and there’s one other thing that I’d like to discuss. While I will agree the current launch line up is lacking, I laugh at those saying the PS4 and XBox One weren’t lacking either.

    • Bruno_Ostara

      I’ll never forget the IGN top games list for ps4 after one year of the console that had like 2 or 3 exclusives and all of the others were ps3 remasters

  • awng781

    If Nintendo really wants the Switch’s target audience to evolve beyond the core Nintendo fanbase and reach kids, young adults, parents, and elders by the of the year, then they better start by lowering the price of the Switch and its accessories.

    “And yet it seems the talk now is all about how consumers are hoping that there’s a GameCube virtual console, which I just find interesting.”

    I find that interesting too 😉 😉

    • KnightWonder

      They’d lose money by doing that.

      • awng781

        I don’t know exactly what is inside the Switch itself, but I very doubtful that Nintendo is barely breaking even at a $300 price tag. The Switch’s SoC are supposedly based off of that of an Nvidia Shield, which retails at $200.

        I doubt that the dock, an HDMI cable and an AC adapter is worth $90, considering that the dock has nothing more than a fan to overclock the Switch, 3 USB ports, and an HDMI out.

        I also doubt that a charging grip, which does nothing but charge the 2 JoyCons and act as a grip, is worth $30. The grip provided with the Switch itself doesn’t even charge the JoyCons; it is just a grip, which means it is worth even less.

        • Why do you think the grip that comes with the console doesn’t charge the joycons?

          • awng781

            It says on the Switch’s description page.

          • Ah yes. See that now. Thanks

        • Wanderlei

          The list price of components not telling us how much it cost to actually get machine to market. All their buildings must have their lights turned on and the horde of officeworkers needs to be payed a salary. They must advertise, the cost of logistics, warehouse and distribution, etc Also taxes.

          • ForeVision

            As much as they may be true, they’re also far higher with price then their competitors, and people will be constantly bringing in that comparison.

        • Bruno_Ostara

          You’re forgetting that each joy con works as a individual controller, this machine technically comes with two controls with that hd rumble thing. That cant be very cheap.

          • awng781

            I don’t think the JoyCons are the problem, because the tech in the JoyCons are indeed pricey.

            I do think Nintendo is overvaluing the cost of pretty much everything else: the dock, the Pro controller, the JoyCon charging grip, and the single JoyCon bundle.

      • Velen (Not WoW)

        Not necessarily. There are a lot of good games on the Gamecube, if they updated them for modern gameplay, like online Multiplayer for Custom Robo as an example, they could make a GCVC very successful.

  • StuOhQ

    Did Reggie just “not” say Madden and Battlefield for Switch?

    • capitalism1023

      I know I seen that too! Battlefield 1 on the go would be so dope!

  • Melatelo

    Wow I really was not expecting these type of answers from Reggie. Not at all. Really good stuff!

  • Blake Good

    Please give us GameCube VC games! I’m dying to play Super Mario Sunshine, Mario Kart: Double Dash, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Luigi’s Mansion, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, Animal Crossing, and Super Smash Bros. Melee! I actually hope that we get NES, SNES, N64, GBA, DS, and Wii games as well since they were all on the Wii U. Not sure about GB and GBC games.

    • Vigilante_blade

      Melee would be a day one buy. I own it already, but I want to support it.

      It was the best game I ever played.

      Also, if I may recommend something: If Fire Emblem Path of Radiance comes onto the system, you definitely should look at it. It is the most varied Fire Emblem game.

      • Blake Good

        There’s some I need to pick up that I’ve never owned before. Defiantly FE:PoR and possibly Viewful Joe 1&2 and Geist.

    • JJ

      How in the world are you going to get DS games when there isn’t a second screen (same would be asked of potential Wii U or 3DS games as well)?

      • Blake Good

        The screen would allow two split-screens, similar to how the Wii U emulates DS games.

        • JJ

          That’s MUCH less than optimal.

          • Blake Good

            It could still work.

  • It sounds like their not going to force devs to use motion controls or the tablet this time around. Rather he says its more of an option for devs if it applies to their game.

    • Uncle Phil Hug

      I got news for ya buddy, they’re forced to use the tablet

      • shaw98

        But the tablet does not require special programming. It is the console.

        • Uncle Phil Hug

          If that was the case, third parties would be porting their libraries

    • Velen (Not WoW)

      Like they said below me, the tablet is the console.

  • shaw98

    I am really worried. I want the Switch to succeed but it’s launch line up is so weak. That is why the wii u failed. 🙁

    • Apfel

      Launches can be very important to a system popularity, but Wii U did not fail because of a weak lineup. Almost by definition, launch lineups are weak. Ps4 lineup was weak, in fact, the 1st whole year was weak. 3ds was weak and the console so expensive that nintendo created the 3ds ambassador program. In europe, the snes lauched with SM world, pilotwings and Fzero. 64 lauched with only 2 games (mario 64 and pilotwings).
      Gamecube in the US launched with many games, but the highest bet was Luigi’s mansion…
      Wii launch was the best one. Had twilight princess, but the system seller was wii sports.
      Switch lineup is ok. It has BotW. That’s a system seller. A big one (and Zelda is defnitely not a system seller)

      • Hermione Granger

        the wiiu failed because ninty didnt bother with it. if ninty had stuck with it and released all the 3ds games on the wiiu. it would have been the best nintendo console in years.. but as i said ninty jumped ship when they didnt get what they expected of earnings. if you are not totally obsessive and bias nintyfanboy, you see the same thing is gonna happen with the switch. dont forget ninty have said they are not letting go of the 3ds, that in its self tells a lot. they keep the 3ds as a backup and when the switch is not doing good enough, they can release mini hand held switch version. then drop the main console right there and then..

        • Do you honestly think that the 3DS will last that long once the Switch starts to pick up steam? In Year One the Switch will have BOTW, Super Mario Odyssey, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, Super Bomberman R and so on. Nintendo always says that they will continue to support an existing portable device whenever a better one comes along but they don’t that long once the successor gets a reasonable install base….see the transition from the GBA to the DS. The Switch has too many great games releasing for it for it to NOT be some sort a success

          • TheWeasel

            Hionestly, the 3DS, as a mobile device, is in serious need of a successor. As a gaming device it’s still in fantastic shape. But regarding hardware, the 3DS is up there in years, comparatively.

            It’s about time for a successor.

          • Hermione Granger

            the successor will come in 2 years, no doubt. ninty just have to go through with their travesty called switch first.

          • TheWeasel

            I hope sooner, because it’s been 6 years for the 3DS. In mobile technology that is ancient.

            Think about it, in 2011 the latest and great from Samsung and Apple were the Galaxy SII and the iPhone 4, respectively.

            If you saw anyone still using one, would you say they were perhaps due for a replacement soon?

          • Velen (Not WoW)

            Except 3DS isn’t a mobile platform. Mobile refers to cellphones, smartphones, tablets like the iPad, etc.

            The 3DS is a handheld console. Which is an entirely different kind of machine from a tablet or smartphone.

          • TheWeasel

            I understand completely. I am just saying that mobile hardware itself advances explosively fast, therefore the 3DS hardware could stand to have an updated successor, and soon.

            I’m not criticizing the 3DS at all, I absolutely love it.

            I’m only saying that it should be no surprise if the 3DS is replaced soon. It had a long and good life, but it is also a good time for a successor.

          • Hermione Granger

            in 2017 yes, but this is ninty and they are soon releasing their travesty switch onto the world. we will just have to sit on the fence, and see ninty go through the emotions. while they desperately try to price gauge everyone as much they can. before they release the new handheld.

    • KnightWonder

      Two things: 1. If the launch line up was everything, the PS4 and XBox One would have flopped, hard. Their launches consisted of maybe one popular exclusive each. The rest were multiplats. And the Switch didn’t fail because of that, it failed because it was hard to develop for and Nintendo didn’t advertise it properly.

      • Carlos

        I think you meant Wii U, not Switch.

  • Roto Prime

    Hope the Switch has some free online weekends!

  • Tlink7

    Allow me to be able to recommend the Switch to my friends, Reggie c:

  • Wanderlei

    They need to get back in the loop with western third parties and receive same games as xb1/ps4, or at least the important titles. Otherwise it is repeat of Wii U. The games Switch is getting are new iterations of Wii U games or the exact same Wii U games ported over. So how do they expect any difference?

    • Hermione Granger

      did you see any third party on the switch presentation ninty had. that was dedicated to the system and was gonna bring everything they had over to the switch??…. no…. there was skyrim a game from 2011, and then fifa that yet again is gonna be a cut down version, and that was it. so you can say with certain the switch is the wiiu allover again. the obsessive bias nintyfanboys here at nintendoeverything will deny it of course.

      • wisdomsprince

        I agree, I see all the same problems as the Wii u (which also has great Nintendo games). Where is Overwatch, COD, an account system, an actual modern gaming OS with all its features? The price for a fully functional system is going to be $200 more than competitors (pro controller, game, online services to play MP at least). I won’t buy it at launch as is because by Christmas they’ll need a huge price drop to stay a float and I’ll feel like a sucker

        • Hermione Granger

          ninty just arent with the times anymore, its like they still is at 2006.

    • Velen (Not WoW)

      “The games Switch is getting are new iterations of Wii U games or the
      exact same Wii U games ported over. So how do they expect any
      difference?”

      That is entirely bogus. The only games so far shown are the ones that were shown during the presentation as well as during the reel at the end of it.

      We don’t know what games are actually coming besides the ones presented by Nintendo, and most of them aren’t even Wii U. Also, the only new iterations are MK8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2. Check your facts sir.

      EDIT: Also, really? Saying BS in full requires moderation? Good grief.

    • awng781

      The Switch’s western 3rd party support will hinge entirely on how well Nintendo can build up its install base. Nintendo is hoping that the Switch’s first year 1st party lineup and the device’s overall concept will sell this thing.

      IMO I think that strategy will find limited success at a $300 price.

      • Wanderlei

        I think it is the conundrum, they need the third party support to gain large user-base. Even then it is no guarantee, the Wii had the user-base and still third parties preferred to bring their marquee titles to sony and microsoft.
        Price they can fix, they start with this price and it keeps price-cut in play for them.

  • ForeVision

    Well, that connects what I’ve been thinking before, so kudos on that part, Nintendo.

    • Hermione Granger

      being aimed at everyone and you only have first part mario games and some crappy indies and ports of old games.. that aim at everyone is off, i will tell you whats aimed at everyone at the moment, the ps4… nice prices and plenty of games for everyone to enjoy…. and the most sold console to this date.

      • ForeVision

        If that’s what you like to think, and it makes you happy, then you go for it. I’m sticking to my original point.

        • Hermione Granger

          if you like to only play mario at 720p games and crappy indies, good luck on missing out on everything gaming. the gaming world moves on, ninty dont…

          • ForeVision

            I’ve got a PC, and have most of my interests align with Nintendo’s line-up. Most of the third-party games that Xbox and Sony have are already ending up on PC, so when you look at the total picture, who is the one losing traction on the biggest thing to sell systems: games?

  • ForeVision

    “And so again, you’ve got Zelda for the core.” This gives me the feeling that that’s what it will be for the launch, at least from Nintendo’s part. I honestly expected some more, but I cannot compare myself to the average gamer, as I have far more time than most, if not anyone else.

    But perhaps those third-parties may bring something cool to the table, who knows. Also Reggie good job, you’re sounding less like a PR voice recorder, keep it up.

  • Hermione Granger

    take a look at this horrible ui, its like ninty still is back in 2006…
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bb3013e26df35c216730b3b324da0650152310a4242ddda9e58f674800d677f9.jpg

    • TheWeasel

      Looks nice and neat, in my opinion.

    • TruExtent

      I like what I see with two exceptions. I can clearly see one section is dedicated to the games and other big software: the middle row. I can see the row right under will be for (hopefully) multitasking functions like on the Wii U. There I see Notifications, eShop, Screenshot Ablum, a button I assume has to do with connecting controllers, Settings and Power; very close to idiot proof. The very top shows the current user, the time and battery level. The very bottom shows the controller connected and the buttons to press. Like TheWeasel said, looks nice and neat.

      Now my two concerns: where is the internet browser? I use the Wii U’s regularly when I’m playing. And will there be a folder system, icon size changes or other organization features like on 3DS? I’ll be annoyed if I can’t customize to the extent that I can on my 3DS what my Home layout looks like.

    • ≈ KobobKC ≈ ^.^

      I think it looks good. It’ll probably have themes if you don’t like the default UI.

  • masterjedi

    Switch is at least $100 less than Xbox One and PS4 were when they debuted. That seems like a dead argument to me. Second, people complaining about the supposed lack of launch games are acting like the average consumer can afford to buy 10 or 20 games in a year or has the time to play through 10 or 20 games in a year. That just isn’t the case for the average consumer. Nintendo has officially announced 25 games for 2017. At $60 apiece, that’s $1500 a year. Where I live, $1500 is a house mortgage; for others it’s a month’s rent. Or it’s anywhere between one and eight car payments. Y’all are really going to pretend that you can afford to spend a house payment etc each year games? I think it’s highly unlikely.

    • Fusion

      Exactly, having that many games doesn’t matter that much, people aren’t ginna buy them all! The Switch is going for a steady release schedule (heck Reggie said that it is). People also think that the launch line up is bad, but ot is a MARCH launch. They are slowly releasing games throughout the whole year, building up to the Holidays, when consoles sell. So that when people usually buy them they will have plenty of options for games.

  • Kaine Morrison

    What do you mean you find talk of GameCube VC interesting?
    It was confirmed as to be coming the the WiiU years ago!
    You guys necpver delivered on that!

  • shani

    wow, now I got a better understanding of what their strategy is… we’ll see if there are great and ingenious things to come or if Nintendo will just become more “normal” and rip everyone off.

  • I really liked his answers, especially the first part. Honestly, I think Nintendo does their part to reach for a wide footprint, and I think some devs follow through. Problem is how frivolous and silly the industry is, so some efforts will never be good enough. SE actually put some dang good games on the Wii. Did people care? Nope. Because they weren’t HD enough. Same with Capcom, with MonHun and Zack & Wiki. It even got Tatsunoko vs Capcom. Wii had incredible universal appeal, and a huge diversity and variety of games, but they’re criminally underrated.

    I think the Wii U had a better balance in being more overtly “niche” hitting (Bayo 2 with adults and core types, Splatoon with children and wider audiences, etc). But it had too little.

    Hopefully the Switch will strike the balance of the two. The support is started there, and I hope it keeps up. And I hope people actually appreciate it this time around. I’m definitely going to do my part and my put my wallet down, in hopes of keeping the support going. ^o^ Make that footprint even bigger!