Analysts Predict Great Third-Party Support Ahead For Nintendo Switch
Nintendo surely has a surefire success with its recently release Nintendo Switch. Reports claim that almost everyone has given the hybrid console nothing but love since it officially launched last March.
Most consumers already know that the device had a couple of hardware issues afterward, but Nintendo seems to have promptly taken action to resolve these issues. While analysts previously expressed their concern over the possible lack of third-party support, it hardly seems to be a problem as of now.
Reports from various gaming publications pointed out that a lot of publishers appear to recognize the great potential with the Nintendo Switch. According to Forbes, EA discussed the Nintendo console during one of their earnings calls. EA CEO Andrew Wilson reportedly said, "we feel really good about it." The executive also added that they "have a tremendous relationship with Nintendo and have done for many, many years." Other third-party publishers have also hinted at their interest to develop games for the new gaming platform.
Prior to the Nintendo Switch's launch, a lot of consumers were a bit skeptical about the new console. Nintendo's predecessor the Nintendo Wii U failed to really catch on and its lack of third-party support ultimately led to its downfall. Other analysts were also on the fence since the Japanese gaming giant's decision to launch another portable-ready device might directly compete with its already established Nintendo 3DS.
Despite the sudden surge of interest from third-party developers to make games for the Nintendo Switch, another factor that might eventually influence their decision is the hardware limitation imposed by the new platform. As previously reported by Gamenguide, Blizzard Entertainment's Jeff Kaplan claimed that they want to bring "Overwatch" to the Switch but explained that the processing power of the new platform is one of the challenges.
It seems that third-party developers run the risk of their games becoming stripped down versions compared to other platforms if they publish it for the Nintendo Switch. However, some analysts are confident that Nintendo can work with the publishers to find a solution for their hardware limitations. It might be too early to assume that the Switch will surpass the success of the Nintendo Wii.