In terms of western games, I have my PC and PS4 pro for AAA third party games as I want the better graphics there, and to be on the system my friends are on for the ones I want to play online. So I wouldn't buy Switch ports of any of those anyway.
I'm lamenting Persona 5 right now as I want to take it on the go easily.
Then again, I have a particular taste in games.
Been having a ton more fun the last couple of years with great A and B type games from smaller publishers, than the AAA mega hits which tend to bore me to bits after a while.
Not to mention indie games where quite a few favourites seem to be coming from nowadays. (Enter the Gungeon, Isaac, Nuclear Throne, Steamworld, etc)
The AAA third party model could go belly up tomorrow and I wouldn't even blink.
I'm okay with Nintendo + indies/niche games + non demanding big publisher games. I don't expect them to put out big Switch exclusives or port every big game they release, and I don't think the system needs that to be successful.
I think smaller Japanese titles would also work well on the device.
Cant repeat this enough.
It needs some big third party exclusives.
Its one thing the Wii had that was overlooked. Dont need multi platform games, I wouldnt even get them on the Switch anyway unless I wanted to play them on the go that badly.
Need some 3rd party exclusives tho.
With sales the way they are on PSN and XBL I have no problem double dipping across platforms.
It NEEDS 3rd party exclusives tho.
Well, yes, though many of them aren't exactly what you'd call big publisher. When the OP is listing examples like Dead Space and Mass Effect, I made the assumption what they meant was "Does Switch need AAA third party support to satisfy you?".
I play my indies on Pc and a good chunk of nintendos 1st party doesn't interest me. So 3rd party is definitely needed for me. So long as it's at least on par with 3DS I should be fine. Seems like it'll get at least a lot of Japanese fare when it starts solidly replacing the vita as a handheld in Japan. So it'll be good to see that.
Also inbred konami third party to better position a snake come back in smash.
I mean, Japanese titles are still third party.
I suspect the majority of people who so vehemently push for Nintendo to improve their third party support are people in a similar situation, at least in terms of having another machine they'd play all those games on. Which is why it's so frustrating to constantly hear arguments in favor of a situation that would in no way benefit them anyway.
The Switch needs third party games only for the dwindling "Nintendo only" gamer, a small minority on GAF. And one that traditionally doesn't buy third party games anyway.
Tho note that I'm referring primarily to large studio games here, indies are another story entirely.
[Edit] That said, the Switch's portability certainly makes games one might traditionally play elsewhere much more desirable than they've typically been.
They should still strike exclusive deals or IP-licensing with 3rd party partners. Monster Hunter, ZombiU, Lego City, Bayonetta, and Hyrule Warriors were really nice on WiiU.
Did you forget about the Wii? It had next to zero AAA support
If it keeps selling well, it will get more 3rd party support once the install base hits a certain level. Corporations are too in tune with where the money is to not increase their level of support if this thing carries on as it has started.
The responses in this thread surprised me. The mobility is a huge factor for me. As a father, it changed the way that i game. I'm more in your boat, gridlock. I've found that i'd take a graphical hit for a that portability, and some of the bigger titles like Nier would've gotten a glance from me had it been on switch.
If you told me that there's a Switch version of Persona 5, Nier, Mass Effect, or <insert third party title here> I would pre order and purchase the Switch version over the others. While I know the Switch won't be getting the Red Dead's or Nier I'm going Switch only until my life allows me to game in front of a TV regularly without sacrificing sleep. So having 3rd parties on the Switch is a welcome problem I'll love to have when I'm trying to decide what to buy next.
I prefer the Western experiences to be honest, but something like Persona 5 would've been interesting...
So while it doesn't need 3rd party supporting satisfy me, and I've bought the thing assuming I'll have to get my money's worth from mostly first party games, I'll be thrilled if I turn out too pessimistic.
P.S. I am not against 3rd party support on the Switch.
If the support is like the Wii U, yes, it sucked for the most part, even when it got "big" 3rd party support.
If it was able to get the sort of support that the Wii, 3DS, and DS got, it could be an amazing platform that I wouldn't even miss 3rd party support (that I couldn't get on other platforms if I really wanted to play them).
The indie support for the Switch already feels like the situation should be a step up from what the Wii U could get just due to the ease of development and the improved tools. It even feels like it the lower entry to become a developer or the lack of many of the hurdles that plagued the Wii should be gone. I think even the quality and diverse range of games that smaller studios and indies make these days, the Switch can offer a unique platform to give many of those games a spotlight and emphasis they might otherwise not get.
I hope that the Switch has the architecture and install base to mean that bigger AAA games come to that platform that make the most sense, since many of those same games can be great just to be able to play on a platform as flexible as the Switch, but I think it fills a niche that doesn't require the platform to get all the AAA mutliplatform games to be worthwhile or even a great platform with great support.
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